So 6 days prior to the trip, I got a text from my husband asking if I could get Valentine's Day off (which is a Friday). Luckily, I have a very cool boss - who is flexible.
He wasn't inquiring on a lovers' getaway, but a weekend of extreme sports in the snowy mountains! (Which is actually more appealing to me, anyways!)
Getting to Keystone, CO was the hardest part. I drove from Tucson to Alamogordo, NM Thursday after work. Stayed w/ my husband Thursday night, and then we hit the road after he finished his flight Friday. It was a 9 hr drive from NM. Ended up being 12 hours, however, due to a snow storm & a horrific accident!
I think I will save my review of "snowboarding" for another post . As it's quite a story. Let's just say...the "Red Cross People" advised I take the Gondola and ski lift back down to the lodge, when I had kicked my snowboard and was marching down the mountain......
Sometimes I get a little "hot".
Here are highlights of the trip:
- Taking a road trip through NM & CO with my husband. Being we live in different states right now...it was the biggest treat in the world to be stuck in a car with him for 12 hours to catch up on life....
- We stayed in a beautiful home in a place called "Keystone Sancutary". It was seriously my dream house. It comfortably sleeps 10. It slept 14 of us (with air mattresses and couches).
- Day 1 was my 1st attempt at any winter sport. I took the ski lift 3 miles to the top of the mountain with my snowboard. It was interesting.
- We had a very full day - as we were on the slopes from about 10 am - 8 pm. I fell about 75 times. I maybe got 1 run in. I gave up by 3:30 and went to the bar.
- The snow was incredible!
- Saturday night we ordered pizza, hot tubbed, and taught Ryan's 4 classmates from Italy how to play games like beer-pong. Well, I spectated. I'm really glad we gave them such a rich taste of our culture *insert sarcastic expression*
- Sunday it was back to the slopes! Being I gave up on snowboarding, had such a strained neck that I couldn't swallow, and my husband had a broken rib........we decided to opt out from the group and go cross-country skiing.
- It was the best idea EVER. We trekked for hours through the countryside of Keystone. I definitely found my winter sport!
- We spent a good hour soaking our sore bodies in the hot tub, and headed out for dinner.
- Went to a steakhouse with 5 of Ryan's friends- and had a night to remember! It was so funny listening to the Italians' experiences of learning English, landing in Alamogordo, NM, and many more stories.
- Monday - Ryan & I had a long trip back. 10 hours to NM. And I have 5 hours to Tucson. I got home at 1 am, and slept like I never have before!
This was us @ the top of the summit - where we had 3 miles to go down the mountain. I'm smiling here because I have no idea what pain I'm about to go through.....
I have a much more genuine smile on cross-country-skiing day :)