We probably talked for too long about which of Maile's stuffies would accompany her to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Ultimately, we decided on the oldest (and arguably dearest), Kisses the koala.
So we headed out, slightly terrified that she would cry for Mickey when we were 4 hours from home. But we were determined to pack light! And a 10-oz Mickey makes a difference, darn it!
Obviously, Maile was fine. And on top of the highest dunes in North America, we discovered she may also be a wizard? A trick of the camera, of course. But I might look twice in the mailbox, come her 11th birthday. ;)
* Maile's headband c/o Kindred OAK.