Happy Fourth of July!
Woke the kids up with the smell of blueberry pancakes. We couldn't find the syrup anywhere and finally found it in the fridge... I learned something today: cold syrup is gross.
The altitude was getting to me and I started the day with a headache that wouldn't go away. We didn't have to break camp since we were spending the day in Denver, and that was nice. We went to Lookout Mountain where you can see 4 states from the top of the mountain and visit Buffalo Bill Cody's gravesite.
While we were there we went to the Buffalo Bill museum and learned all about "America's Favorite Son". What a fascinating man! There were a lot of artifacts and pictures and it was fun to learn more about him. For someone who gave people a look into a bygone era, he was a man ahead of his time. He was vocal in his support for women's rights and believed in the natives holding onto their customs and treating them fairly. He employed several tribes in his Wild West shows and gained their trust and respect as a friend.
The evening ended with the most spectacular fireworks show I've ever seen. They were fired off so low that it felt like we were IN them! They were huge and synchronized beautifully to all the patriotic songs. Call me a crybaby, but when "I'm proud to be an American" played, I may have gotten a little misty... okay, I'll admit some undeniable moisture classified as tears slipped out. And then they played "What a wonderful World" and sitting there with my family under the gorgeous fireworks, the kids pointing out all the colors and squealing with delight, it was a perfect moment.
On the way back to our car, we walked to the Capitol building and stood on the stairs marking the mile high point. What a great city! We're falling in love with every place we visit and it's been amazing to see our diverse and beautiful country! God bless America!