By: Jennifer Murray

Murrays Meet Mountains


My boys have begged to fly on an airplane since they could talk. We used to take them to the airport just to give them a taste, but they’ve never had the feeling of the power of a take off, or being in the clouds, or traveling at 500 miles per hour. In fact, we didn’t have any plans at all for making their dream a reality, because flying with 6 involves spending a small fortune.


Late one Friday night my friend Adrienne found one-way tickets to Denver for $25 a pop. I thought it was a scam, or some sort of glitch, but it turned out to be legit, and something Brad and I couldn’t pass up for our family.

Could have we used that money for a new mattress, flooring, savings, GROCERIES?  We certainly could have, but no one talks about their mattress for years to come and groceries are gone in less than a week. An opportunity to introduce all of my boys to the Rocky Mountains for the price of one airline ticket – how could we not go for it? 

I think the video captures the enthusiasm pretty well from us telling the boys the other night…

So in a couple of weeks we’ll make a quick 3 night adventure to Colorado! We’re had such a great experience with Drury Inn for our St. Louis trip that we decided to partner with them again for our accommodations in Denver. We’re excited to check out the newly opened Drury Inn in Stapleton.

We hope to do as much outdoors as possible and take in all the beauty of the area. So far we’re planning a day in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods, but that’s the only thing we have on our agenda.

We’ve never been to Colorado before, outside of the Denver airport, so we’re up for suggestions and MUST SEEs! Thanks in advance for your awesome sightseeing suggestions, food recommendations, and any other travel tips you’d be willing to offer.


6 Responses to “Murrays Meet Mountains”

  1. Amy
    September 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    we just moved out here but we’ve done a little bit. We love garden of the gods! We also love Rocky Mountain national park! I don’t know if huh trail ridge road will be open when you come but it’s amazing! You get to get up to the arctic tundra and walk around. So cool!
    Any small mountain towns are cool too…Golden, Frisco. Or some of the ski towns…and that’s off season so things are somewhat cheaper…vail, Breckinridge. Look up some family friendly hikes too
    Have a blast! We’ve been playing tourist and it’s awesome!

  2. Cherie from Queen of Free
    September 16, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Red Rocks is pretty awesome. Denver Biscuit Company and Little Man Ice Cream are both fun. 🙂 Let’s chat. Brian and I are headed to Colorado Springs & Denver in November. Super excited.
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    • Jennifer Murray
      September 16, 2015 at 1:37 am #

      FUN!!!! I’ve heard Red Rocks from several now! Would LOVE to chat more!

  3. Debbie blevins
    September 16, 2015 at 3:45 am #

    Oh my gosh. I am from Colorado. You can take the girl out of Colorado but you can never take Colorado out of the girl. Love my state and “my” mountains. Have a blast

  4. Nancy
    September 16, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    Make sure you go to Focus on the Family’s headquarters – especially if your kids are fans of Adventures in Odyssey. There’s even a wardrobe that leads to Narnia. I still treasure a photo of my 16 year old son going in and then realizing what it was.

  5. Courtney
    September 22, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    I was going to suggest Focus on the Family also! And the Olympic training center. (When we were there in 2002, we actually saw speed skater Apollo Ohno walking around.)

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