Wrap it up and head for home

Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
Trip End Jun 17, 2009

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

So, the KOA in Laraimie is little more than a rest stop off the Interstate. No restaurant, nothing scenic, no Napa Valley wine.  No beer even.  However, if it's a rest stop…maybe that’s a good thing!

We pulled in, hooked up, and made a dinner out of all the things we had left over.  Never would I have thought I’d hear, "Cheetos?  For dinner?" from my guyz…Seriously, we had just enough nutritional food to last us through the night.  I made the ultimate sacrifice and had ice cream!!!  Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream…he’d be so proud!!!

In the morning, we made record time pulling out…off to the Post Office to mail those “excess” items we’d mentioned, and WalMart, so CO could return some of the things we didin’t use…like condoms!!!!  Seriously, we were really ready to come home. We knew little Comet was not happy being alone for 12 days, and we were longing for stable floors.

All the time we gained by leaving Laraimie ahead of schedule was shot when we hit Exit 335, Buford, WY.  The highest point between NYC and SF (on I-80)  We spent way more time there than we should have…but with good reason…see “The Injury” blog post!

CO did an excellent job piloting us through Ft. Collins, onto Denver International Airport.  Stella, who had changed her voice to that of a British woman (thanks Greggie, for the laugh) directed us TOTALLY wrong, so we were really stressed.  But, for some reason, the nice lady at the United counter (who will remain nameless so she can keep her job) gave us all four boarding passes without CO being there…maybe it was how I ran through the airport with the boyz screaming, “Hurry up…pretend it’s the Amazing Race” helped!  

In any event, our bags were on the way home, and in one stop, we would be too!

As we readied to exit the airport, on our way to the meeting point, I asked CO if I could “Take her home…”  It was only a few miles, but I had that “Last ski run of the day” feeling…so, I felt so relieved as I pulled into the parking lot of Mobile 1 Truck Repair, and saw Bill Keenan directing me to the appropriate parking space.  When I pushed the airbrake and heard the whosssssssssssssssh of it…I breathed a deep sigh of relief. 

Bill is an amazing guy…the head of Air Traffic Control at DIA…and just so cool.  He had lots of great stories and great suggestions for our next trip…I really want him to become our new BFF!

During our trip, we’d so much more than survived…even thrived…as a family…and we didn’t damage the Beast.  We have so many fantastically beautiful and funny memories to call upon, and even more laughs that we’ve shared.

Andy at GossRV had told us that this wasn’t the trip for a family that couldn’t roll with the punches…I feel so proud (and lucky) that we’re the kind of family that CAN roll with the punches.  Huge props (etc) to CO who did all the research to make this happen…and preserved with DF for 8 years so that this COULD happen.

This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I hope you all enjoyed it with us…Thanks for indulging us as we blogged.  Next trip…TWITTER!!!  Be very afraid!!!  Lots of love…The Cherios aboard the Cruisinheimer!!!
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