28 Lessons in 28 Years | Lesson 5

*Over the next few months, I will be sharing some lessons I’ve learned in my mere 28 years on this planet. ¬†These are my views on the things and by no means am I absolutely right at all times. . .just sayin’ ūüôā enjoy.*

Lesson 5:  The world is our playground.  Get out and play!!

In the beginning of October, my mom, aunts, cousins and I all traveled to Colorado, for our annual girls weekend.  We usually choose a location a little closer to home but went all out this year!  My cousin Lisa and her husband own a condo in Keystone and it was the perfect time to take advantange of it.

The weather couldn’t have been more heavenly. ¬†The locals told us it was never that warm (nearly 70 each day!!) at that time of year and sure enough, two days after we left, it snowed! ¬†We lucked out and were able to do tons of outdoor activities and of course a little shopping, too ūüôā

We chose to drive, thinking it wouldn’t be that bad. . .big mistake in my opinion. ¬†It was less than comfortable crammed in a car with three other people on the road for 18 hours. ¬†I’m a very nervous flier, but next time, I’m splurging for the ticket and something to knock me out….

Moving on, once we arrived we naturally headed to the Coors brewery.  Anyone who knows my family knows that we like our beer.  It was pretty interesting and we got three samples at the end.  Score!

From there, we headed into the mountains toward Keystone. ¬†My cousin thought it would be fun to take us up a road called Loveland Pass on the mountain. ¬†She had the best of intentions but the problem was, I was driving. . .remember the flight thing. . .yeah a lot of it has to do with the height and risk of scary death. ¬†Sorry to be so morbid but that’s seriously where my mind goes…

I kid you not, half way up, I was having a semi-nervous-break-down.  The terrible thoughts running through my head had everything to do with the super curvy road with no railing.  My cousin Amy caught a few terrifying shots of what we were driving on.

Lisa was driving the car in front of me and stopped at a sight-seeing spot half way up the mountain.  Since I had thouroughy freaked out everyone in my car with ranting, we all gave Lisa a not-any-farther look.  We decided to stop and grab a few pics before turning around.  Here is me with my mother trying to look not terrified.

. . . and a few of my cousins. ¬†Isn’t this scenery gorg?!?

After getting some much needed sleep, we headed out to hike the following day through what normally would be ski runs.  Breathtaking! (Literally, the altitude takes it away!)

After all that exercise, we needed food!  There is never a shortage of food with a Martodam around.  We used raclette grills to make yummy combos of food that evening.  It was my first raclette experience and I am in love.

Our last full day was spent biking through the mountains.  So incredibly fun and refreshing.  Please, stop being jealous of our incredibly stylish bike helmets.

Turns out wearing long pants when biking is not the best idea. ¬†After cruising down a very large hill, my right pant leg got tangled in my chain and I basically had to rip it out. ¬†Luckily I was at the bottom of the hill and not half-way through. ¬†At the end of our 4 hour ride, we did a victory jump ūüôā

Ah, Colorado, I miss you already and will be back soon. ¬†So how are you going to use this amazing planet as your playground? ¬†I’d love to hear your travel plans. ¬†Feel free to leave a comment below.

6 Comments

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Amanda Lee
November 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

Wow awesome pictures of your trip, it looked like a lot of fun and the scenery is awesome. I am with you on the heights factor, when I was in Hawaii in April the roads are like that also with no railing and curvy drop offs. We accidently went on a road that was only made for bikers with our rental car and I thought I was going to die. I’m deathly scared of heights also. Of course Kristina thought it was funny and have pictures of me looking terrified!

Jen
November 9, 2010 at 10:46 am
– In reply to: Amanda Lee

Amanda-Sounds scary!! I would have been looking just as terrified as well as ducked down in the backseat so I didn’t have to watch!!

Christie
November 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

That last picture makes me want to go back again like right now!! Ahh hopefully we can find a time soon!

Sarah
November 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Lets go back right NOW! Or in January for a ski trip ūüôā

pamelabredahll
November 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

pic are beautiful when we go on trips can I take you with just to do pictures march will be are 1st cruise your more than welcome to come and use your gifted talent I wish you were in hawaii with us picture were awesome but not as good if you would of been there with us we love to travel

Lisa Christenson
November 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

what a wonderful trip it was and with such awesome ladies- can’t wait for the next one!