Flat Stanley Goes to Colorado

Flat Stanley had a really boring day yesterday. Nana and Papa were buried neck deep in paperwork (not really, but they were really busy with stacks of papers all around them).  They were doing what they called taxes and had no time to play or go anywhere.

Nana and Papa’s friend Shinae called and asked if Flat Stanley would like to go to Colorado with her.

“Flat Stanley, would you like to go to Colorado with Shinae tomorrow?” Nana asked.

“Shinae? The lady with the crazy laugh and funny dance?”  Flat Stanley asked.

Nana giggled at Flat Stanley’s description.

“I’d love to see Colorado! But where is Colorado?” Flat Stanley asked. Shoot at this point if someone asked him to go to the dump he would have jumped up for joy!  He was so bored!

Nana Showed Flat Stanley Colorado on a map.  Can you find the little state of Massachusetts?  That’s a long way to travel!

Shinae was excited to spend some time with Flat Stanley and Flat Stanley was thrilled!  She bought his ticket and they were all set to travel!  See his name?

Flat Stanley loves to ride on the airplane.

Looking DOWN on clouds is really fun!  The sun was setting and going to sleep, right into the clouds.  Flat Stanley was glad when the sun went down, because it was kind of hurting his eyes.  The sunset hues on the horizon were really pretty after the sun set.

When they landed, it was really late.  Flat Stanley looked up at a clock and saw that it said 9:30PM in the airport in Colorado.  Flat Stanley looked at his watch and it said 11:30PM.

“Shinae, I think the clocks are wrong here,” Flat Stanley said.

“Shinae laughed her crazy laugh and explained that as you travel east and west, that the time changes.  There’s eastern standard time, pacific standard time and Colorado is in the Mountain Time Zone in the middle of the country.

“There are a lot of mountains here! When we were flying over them and coming in for a landing, I thought we were going to pop the top right off one of the mountains.” Flat Stanley exclaimed.

This is going to be a fun time, Flat Stanley does keep you smiling, Shinae was thinking.  She held Flat Stanley’s hand to keep him close through the busy airport.  They picked up their bags from the carousel and Flat Stanley went to hop on for a ride.  It goes round and round like a merry go round!  Shinae was quick to keep him safely by her side.

After a great night’s sleep in the hotel, Shinae woke up really early and asked Flat Stanley if he wanted to go hiking with her.

“Can we wait for the sun to come up before we go?” Flat Stanley asked.

“We’ll go down for breakfast first and then the sun will come up before we go out.” Shinae replied.

Flat Stanley was tired from the flight but the thought of orange juice and pancakes got him up.

After he had his breakfast his muscles and body were awake and he was ready to HIKE!  Flat Stanley brought his knees up as high as he could, one and then the other to work out the sleepy kinks and get ready for his hike!

They drove to what they call the Paint Mines.  The colorful clay formations look like a monster giant took a paintbrush and created a beautiful piece of art.

Shinae is a fast walker!  Flat Stanley’s little legs struggled to keep up with her, but she was determined to go the full 2 miles.  As they were walking along the brightly colored, clayish rocks, in shades of yellow, red, grey, and white, Shinae told him the story about how Native Americans used to mine for pigments and supplies for making pottery on these very grounds.  Flat Stanley was picturing himself with a mining pick in hand.

Flat Stanley was tired after their hike and enjoyed the ride in the car.

“Next we’re going to Seven Falls!” Shinae told Flat Stanley.  “It’s a place where seven waterfalls cascade down mountain cliffs.”

Flat Stanley was so giddy, he loves the sound of waterfalls crashing down the mountains.  When they parked the car, Shinae took him from his trusted cup holder seat and he ran to the base of the stairs.

The stairs were so steep and tall and there were 224 steps to the top!

“Do you think you can do this Flat Stanley?” Shinae asked.

Like the little engine that could, Flat Stanley replied, “I think I can, I think I can…” and they began to climb.  Flat Stanley was counting each and every step as they climbed.  When they got to 145 steps he had to stop for a rest on the platform.

Shinae wasn’t even out of breath!  She must do this hiking thing a lot!  She was being silly while Flat Stanley was resting.  She started in on her silly dance routine.  With her arms straightened she moved her hips from one side to the other and forward and backwards through her arms.  Flat Stanley was giggling at Shinae.  She is fun!

Then they started to climb once again.

“I think I can, I think I can…” Flat Stanley grunted out in a tired and slower drawl.  It sounded like Flat Stanley’s motor may be stalling out, but he kept climbing.

“Flat Stanley you MADE IT!!!!” Shinae was so happy for him.

The view of the waterfalls from up high above them was absolutely beautiful!  His little legs were tired and wobbly, but Flat Stanley’s smile was bright and beautiful.

I hope you’re smiling too!  Now Nana has the tune that will play through her head all day today. “I think I can, I think I can…”

Enjoy your day and keep smiling!  If you subscribe, Nana will send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted!