Monday, October 10, 2011

Creating Memories....part 1

Creating memories…

The past week found my hubby and I on our first ever week long vacation by ourselves. For the next few days I will be sharing our adventures…some great places to stay…and some little “God” lessons I learned on our trip.

The first day found us with lots of road time as we journeyed through South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. About 6 hours into our trip, my hubby decided he would like to check out a camera store to look for a tripod. Let the adventure begin…to downtown Denver. Mr. GPS didn’t let us down. We traveled to the camera store downtown and back to the interstate like we were local residents.

Our next experience was going through Eisenhower Tunnel. We both shared in amazement the amount of man hours and engineering to build this structure.

When planning our trip, we had reservations every night except for our first night. My hubby is okay with just “winging” it…it didn’t bother him at all to drive around for an hour checking at hotels for the best price, not to mention any vacancy. Yup, I was biting my tongue, while trying to control my anxiety. I don’t know why…but not having a reservation, brings out the worse in my personality.

We finally found a Holiday Inn at Fresco, Colorado. As it was 9pm, we ate supper at the restaurant connected to the hotel. Have you ever seen the evacuation plans on the back of the hotel room doors? Well, believe it or not, they are posted for a reason! At 2:30 am we were awakened to a very loud alarm with a voice stating, “We are experiencing an emergency, it is very important for you to find the nearest exit and evacuate the building!” Good thing we had left our jackets in our car, as we needed them for it was a bit chilly outside. As we stood outside waiting for 45 minutes for the “all clear”, we met a really nice couple from Texas who were celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary.

The next morning we took a few pics of the beautiful scenery and proceeded down the road to Palisades, Colorado. We had reservations at the Wine Country Inn for the next two days. Since we arrived before check in time, we checked out a few of the local wineries. When we returned back to our hotel, we were very impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the beautiful accommodations. They also offered the most delicious continental breakfast, with pancakes that melted in your mouth. A beautiful place to stay!

The next morning we received a wake up call at 330 a.m., as one of our children forgot there was a time zone difference. Yup, lovely. We needed to be up early anyways as we needed to find an auto repair shop to look at our car. We discovered that our car was very shaky on the steep grades. Thankfully, we found Simpson Brothers Garage in Grand Junction, Colorado. These guys were awesome and an answer to prayer! They werealso  very friendly, courteous, and professional.   We were back on the road within a few hours.

Our next stop is Teton Village in Wyoming…and I can’t wait to share the surprise that waited for us there!!


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

What fun... a road trip with little agenda. Enjoy God's country while exploring it with your man.


Elayne said...

I love those trips with just me and my hubby that always turn into adventures. Can't wait to hear the rest!