It was a wee bit chilly!
Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
15Trip End Jul 01, 2011
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First of all, I have to thank Mary a million times and then some for planning this whole trip, the best trip to the mountains of Colorado EVER!!! It was really the best time I could have spent with both Mary and Elena before all of us leave the country for our own amazing adventures! Thank you!
And now for the fun details!
So getting to Breckenridge on Sunday was probably the scariest road trip I have ever been apart of. It was snowing and we spun out once but Mary was a trooper and great driver and got us all there in one piece! Hurray! When we arrived at the lodge, the snow and accommodations took my breath away. It was like a winter wonderland. The lodge itself was beautiful to simply relax and decompress from our stressful drive. There was a warm fireplace and really comfortable chairs to sit in while we waited for our room to be ready
The next day (Monday 1/10/11) we got up leisurely. We had great waffles at the complimentary continental breakfast, and once we were full, we put on our awesome snow pants and bundled like crazy for our snow showing adventure! And it was cold! I think the temp was around -3 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill! I think I got some frost bite on my thumb but it is feeling better. But it was all worth it as we stepped around the one corner and saw the breath taking view of the mountains
After taking in as much as the view as possible before becoming an ice statue, we headed back to the lodge for a warm shower. Then the shuttle took us downtown. After much deliberation and indecisiveness, we decided first to get some french fries that had come recommended by our hip shuttle driver, The fries were very good and the mango chutney dipping sauce was superb (also recommended). Then, after some more indecisiveness, we went to this old time photo shoot that we had been in the day before asking for directions. I wasn't sure about it but I'm so glad that we did it! It was so much fun! All three of us dressed up as skanky bar girls with short bloomers and corsets. So much fun! By the time we were done with the photo shoot and choosing a photo (also took awhile because we are all just too nice so we can't decide on anything. LOL), it was time for happy hour! Hurray! We went back to Mi Casa which was still packed but we were able to find seats in the cozy back booth with another group of 4. The fact that we sat down with complete strangers and had a blast talking with them is why I love people in Colorado (or maybe mountain/snow ppl in general). That first group left and another even better group sat down. These people were hilarious. We shared our nachos and learned all about mutton busting! Priceless!! After happy hour we debated about staying out for the bonfire that night in honor of the vikings but then we found out it was -9 degrees and decided to stay in
The next day (Tuesday 1/11/11) was a bit stressful for me just because this was the day of my departure from the States. We ate breakfast and checked out of the lodge by 9 and drove down to the Gondola in town. We were well bundled in our snow pants and had our snow shoeing gear again but decided not to snow shoe because it was really cold!!! The free Gondola ride, though, was again breathtaking. Not a cloud in site! Then we went into town and had some amazing crepes, a spinach with a great sauce crepe and a bananas foster crepe. YUM! Then we waited awhile in town for some shoppes to open but they didn't before we really had to get back to Denver. :( We will just have to go back!
Once back in Denver, I took a shower, repacked my bags in preparation for my trip, had a great grilled cheese made with love by Mary and Elena, and then headed to the airport. I checked in without a problem. Elena checked in too but for a flight the following day because her flight was canceled because of the crazy bad weather that hit all of the East Coast except for Florida. Crazy! Then I chilled with Mary, Elena, and Mary's friend Evony before I had to head through security. The last thing that I remember is Mary and Elena singing! Thank you to both of you for all of you support and encouragement! I can't wait to share my adventures with you and to hear about yours!
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