When our conference was over, we drove across the Western Rockies in Utah and Colorado, stopping one night somewhere in Utah, and then finally arriving at our favorite Colorado vacation spot; also the first place we took a real vacation together, Glenwood Springs. We found a wonderful little campground for smaller RV’s and trailers, and towed the Airstream up the side of the mountain to park overlooking the Colorado River (and the highway, but personally I’m Deaf, so the noise didn’t bother me and I LOVED seeing the Colorado River).
We stayed a few days to decompress from the conference and all that driving, making a point to stop at some old favorites (Glenwood Hot Springs Pools and Spa; Glenwood Canyon Brewing in the Hotel Denver; Sacred Grounds Coffee House (unfortunately did not live up to our memories) and quite a bit of my own cooking — which made me thankful once again to have the Airstream and my kitchen).
On our last day in Glenwood Springs we wanted to try something new and different, so I looked on Yelp — and surprisingly enough a super authentic little hole in the wall Polish restaurant called Polanka came up, so off we went to try it. ( Part of why this is surprising and awesome is because I am half Polish, and though we don’t eat it very often, my family has a lot of special traditions around Polish food.)
The picture is a little blurry, but we tried cheese blintzes for dessert. I had actually never had them, and was quite surprised. They were yummy! The people running the restaurant were great and we really enjoyed them. We’ll be looking to go back next time we’re in Glenwood.
Our puppies outside waiting at Ami’s Acres Campground while Wes hooked up the Twinkie to set off for our stay in Fort Collins/Loveland, Colorado.
We drove across the Rockies again and down through Denver — finally arriving in Loveland to try and find an RV Park to stay at for at least a week. We encountered our first ever full-to-the-brim RV Park outside of Loveland near Johnson’s Corner. They were full until the end of the summer at the very least. We finally gave up on getting a ‘good’ RV park, and settled for one right off Eisenhower next to the Loveland Outlet Malls.
This ended up being an inspired change of luck since we were within walking distance of our favorite coffee shop in the area — Colorado Coffee Company. On Monday evening we drove up Horsetooth to have dessert and talk Airstreams with some old family friends. A classmate of my brother’s parents had bought a vintage Airstream in the years since Wes and I got married and moved away, they were excited to talk RV-ing and Airstreams in particular with us. And it was pretty darn cool to be inducted into the elite class of ‘Airstreamers’ as they know them. We’re excited to see ya’ll down the road whenever we happen to be able to get out with Twinkie again.
This is another really neat thing I got to do. FINALLY, after a year and a half of sewing, unpicking seams, cutting, resewing, getting help, and more sewing (and to be honest, I was sewing this thing ALL the way up until the day before we went in to quilt it); I FINALLY finished my giant King sized Take Five pattern quilt. Mom and I went together to The Sewing Circle in Fort Collins to quilt it together. It ended up being a really cool process. I quilted the quilt with the sign for “I love you” over and over in different configurations and it turned out very nice.
On Tuesday my best friend from high school and college, Greg, came up and spent most of the day touring Twinkie and meeting the dogs with me and Wes. That was really fun and it was so nice to see him again after the two years (he stood up as a groomsman in our wedding).
I swam with my old Master’s team, and afterwards my friend Lynds came over to see Twinkie and meet the dogs as well. It was so great to see her, and while Wes was gone for a day traveling – I got to spend time hanging out by her lake with her and Parker the dog.
Wes and I went over to meet another friend’s new baby. This couple was so amazing to let me stay with them for a few months while Wes and I were engaged and planning our wedding (I didn’t want to live with Wes based on my own values). Their dog got to spend a LOT of time with me that last summer and she seemed pretty happy to see dog people after this new little baby had disrupted her world.
The rest of the trip passed in a blur of visits, coffee dates, swim practices, and sewing. I got my quilt done (actually, my mom finished almost all of the binding and just took the time to teach me how to do it myself so I could next time). We got coffee at the coffee shop one last time, packed up Twinkie, and headed back across the US for Atlanta.