Archive for the ‘Vacations’ Category

Drew and Lisa Hike Fossil Springs

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

For our anniversary, Lisa planned a trip up North to Rim Country to do some hiking. It was our first overnighter with no kids since Micah was born…long overdue! We left Friday, stayed in Strawberry on Friday night, hiked on Saturday, stayed at Lisa’s mom’s in Blue Ridge Saturday night and came home Sunday…all while Linda watched the kids. Yay!

The hike itself is beautiful…it’s 4 miles in and 4 miles out with a 1,500 ft elevation drop. LOT of work, but was a good time despite feeling like we were going to pass out at the end.

Here’s a quick video with highlights of the trip…enjoy!

Our Hoover Dam Trip

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Breaking the silence with a video. This is the project our family created for Justin’s school assignment. His assignment was to do a 3 minute presentation on something in Arizona. He wanted to do the Hoover Dam, so we made a weekend trip up North and this video is the result. Be kind, as all video and pictures were from our cell phones… 😉

The Hoover Dam from Drewser on Vimeo.

Anniversary Train Ride

Saturday, June 5th, 2010




I decided for our 5 year anniversary to take a quiet and relaxing train ride along the Verde Canyon River without any kids.  We had a wonderful time sitting in our First Class car enjoying a bottle of wine, great food and would every once in awhile take a little trip to the open air observation car to enjoy the scenery and the air.  We saw many rock formations and even a Bald Eagle.

Bald Eagle in the Verde Canyon


We had a great time together and enjoyed a few moments together while the kiddos were safe with their friends.

Click the picture above to see our photo album.

First Family Camping Trip

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The long awaited camping trip finally came…we’d been looking forward to it for over a month!  We would finally get to try out the new tent, go hiking, and cook some meals over the campfire to finish up Justin’s cub scout requirements.  Everything was great…until Lisa and I came down with colds on Friday morning, the day we were to leave. 


A New Day in Beautiful Colorado

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Well…….this morning we got up to see our wonderful friends off so they could go back home. The 4 of us are still at the condo in Winter Park so as we ate lunch we tried to think of something to do together! Ahh.. haa.. as I glanced at the Guest Guide book I came across the Corona Pass Road, which is a 12-mile scenic dirt road. It says that a 2 wheel drive vehicle can access the road to the top of the 11,660 ft mountain, little did they tell you that if rain, or hail, or a small amount of snow came through that you might want to think about 4-wheel drive. That is what we encountered on this 12 mile journey.
NOTE: There are several really cool pictures…as usual, click any of the pictures here to be taken to the full album!


Day ??? Oh who cares because we’re on vacation!!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

We decided to have a day at the Winter Park resort where we purchased an all day pass to do everything!! The kids (and I guess the adults) had a blast. We started about 11am and stayed till closing at 5:30pm where we slid down the Apline slide, went up the Zephyr Scenic lift ride, did the GyroXtreme, Leaps and Bounds Bungee and the mini golf…wow, what a day!


Colorado 2009 – Day 3

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

We have completed day 3 and finally arrived in Winter Park! However, it is funny how the shortest trip seemed to take the longest. It was only 3 1/2 hours compared to the 6+ hours of the previous days, but it felt like 12. Nevertheless, we made it while enjoying an amazing view that even took us above the tree line.


Colorado 2009 – Day 2

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

We’re now finished with Day 2 of our trip. And for those who are wondering, the number of poopy diapers did not disappoint…though I DID give Lisa a break today and change one for her. Who says I never help?


Colorado 2009 – Day 1

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Well…we made it away from the driveway on time at 10am after stopping 3 times before the sidewalk started. We had a nice goodbye by Em and Kai!
Our first stop was in Carefree for coffee (I know, I know and little early) and a snack for Justin. We proceeded to Flagstaff where we experienced a nice rain shower and made our first detour to take Justin to see part of the Grand Canyon. We stopped first at a little scenic stop and did a little hike to a 1000 ft cliff with NO railing.


New Year’s Bash a big success!

Friday, January 4th, 2008

The last of the group flew home yesterday morning, bringing a bitter end to the very sweet 8th Annual Taylor New Year’s Bash. From last Saturday (very, very early on Saturday) to yesterday morning Lisa and I had the opportunity to enjoy the company of 11 of my closest college friends…9 of whom spent that time camped out in the 1,500 sq ft we call home! Events included hiking Camelback Mountain, lounging in the hot tub, shopping, mass trampoline jumping, running Indy until he collapsed, and even a trip up to enjoy one of God’s most beautiful creations, the Grand Canyon.
While it was tight quarters, we managed to find a bed/sofa for everyone and resulted in a relaxing, enjoyable, warm (most of the time) reunion with our closest friends. So to Lynn, Suz, Renee, Heather, Clay, Chris, Janelle, Becca, the Mikes, Sarah, and our honorary attendees via phone from the other side of the world, I thank you for an absolutely wonderful time that will not soon be forgotten!