Colorado Ski Trip
Emma's lifelong friend, Ashley, and her NEW BEAU were in town from England!! For the short time they were here before they moved to NEW ZEALAND, Ashley wanted to take him to the amazing state of Colorado!! When we caught wind of the plans we jumped on board! Haha
Who all went you might ask..Ashley, Emmas friend, Ashley's boyfriend, Nick, Emma, Emma's husband, Ross, Evan, Evan's boyfriend, Darius, and 'our' Nick, our cousin. yes, there were two Nicks.
So.. the idea was we would go and hangout with them right.. well when does anything go according to plan?? We ended up only seeing them for one afternoon out of the 5 days we were there. (The day Emma decided to get super sick.) So that was a bummer, but all is well that ends well!!
Besides the fact that Emma and Nick got sick, Nick and Darius had never been snowboarding before, we were frozen to the core, we didn't actually get to spend the trip with the couple we planned the trip for, we got into a CAR ACCIDENT in the rental of course.. This trip was still amazing, full of hilarious stories and laughter!! It was definitely a learning experience. Like how we discovered that our bodies, as much as we love playing in the snow, are not made for cold weather! Can i get a Whoop Whoop for all us Texans?! ANNDD..Did you know Denver has a goose problem so theres a certain someone invented whats called the Goosinator, to help with the population issue..?? We thought that tidbit was funny..
Below is the documentation of our trip:
-Flew from Houston to Denver
-Drove from the airport to our air bnb
-Snooze for breakfast (order the Chilaquiles Eggs Benedict)
*fun fact: there is a snooze coming to TEXAS!!
-Drove to Boulder Falls for a winter ICE hike
-West Flanders Brewing co. in Boulder, Colorado
-Grocery shopping for the week
-Drove from Boulder to Frisco
-Stayed at the best air bnb eva!!
-Skiing/snowboarding at Keystone
-Spaghetti for dinner
-A game of Dominos
-snow tubing at Keystone
*fun fact: The elevation of 11,640 of the tubing hill makes it the HIGHEST snow tubing in the WORLD
-Boys went skiing/snowboarding again
-Girls went and played in the snow & made hot cocoa
-Went to Backcountry Brewery. Frisco, CO. for dinner
-Drove back to Denver
-Shopping at HMK
-Went to Harman's Eat And Drink for lunch. Truffle Fries! YUM!!
-Saw the Denver Blue Bear
-Dropped Evan & Darius off at his uncle Kelvin's house
-Emma, Ross & Nick continued their Tour De Denver
-Went to City Park to see all the geese
*fun fact: Denver has a really big geese problem. Read here to find out more
-Popped into Prost Brewing Company
-Got in a car wreck (a hit and run) in the rental..
-Drove to the police station (they didn't care)
-Raced back to enterprise to drop off the now wrecked car (they aslo didn't care)
-Jumped on the next flight back to Houston.
How to: Do It Better
*Last tip eat at Snooze more than once!!
Grand Canyon Road Trip
Its always refreshing when life takes ya back.
As kids it was our mom throwing us in the bright blue mini van, that our father lovingly "surprised" her with, for the whole summer, every summer. We are dedicating this our, "take me with you" segment to our mother, who inspires, everyday, the wanderlust inside of us.
Being pre-exposed to road trips, when Evan came up with the idea of a road trip to the Grand Canyon to liven up an otherwise lifeless summer, how could I refuse?
We grabbed our gal pals, Jen and Chardae, planned NOTHING, threw any and all "camping gear" that we, the mega amateur campers that we are, thought we would need, and hit the highway!
Suffice to say, the trip did not go exactly as "not planned", turns out just because you drive nonstop from Houston, TX to Flagstaff, AZ (which incase you didn't know, is the most popular state EVA!) doesnt mean that you dont have to make reservations... What do you mean you have no vacancy-five hotels and three campsites later-last resort, Super 8, for triple the price.
In case you didn't know most people who want to drive to and camp inside of the Grand Canyon, typically start planning 6 months to a year in advance. They have to have all gear, trip leaders, trails, pit stops, and destinations planned to the T. We did not do that, but despite our lack of planning this trip was incredibly inspiring, AWE-full, humbling, and hilarious. One of those accidentally on purpose-wonders of a trip! There was something waiting for us around every turn, rock, curb, sight, and bend. Although from time to time what we thought was waiting for us was a scene from "The Hills Have Eyes", we just kept on trucking on a gas tank of prayers.
We made it to the Grand Canyon and at the risk of sounding clichè, words can not describe the feeling. The Grand Canyon did not disappoint, the view is unparalleled, our minds could not grasp the vastness of that place, Gods vision for this world is overwhelmingly wonderous and scary and beautiful, its an honor to be here.
Below is the documentation of our trip:
-from our home in Houston to
-stumbling upon the Cadillac Art Cars in Amarillo, TX to
-a hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to
-hiking in THE GRAND CANYON to
-staying in Page, AZ to
-our time with the Navajos in Antelope Canyon to
-swimming in Lake Powell to
-camping at Turquioise Trail in Albequrque, NM to
-sledding down the White Sands, NM to
-dinner with our baby brother and his new finacè in El Paso, TX to
-the ruins of the abandoned Kent Public School in West Texas to
-the tiny but beautiful Mission Mary that stands where a city used to in Calera, TX to
-diving with the fishies in Balmorhea Springs, TX back to
-our home sweet home in Houston, TX
and everything in between.
How to: Do It Better
[Disclaimer: we know the advice we are about to give you sounds like common sense. They basically all refer back to Planning Ahead, we decided one day to hit the road and see what happens and were gone two days later, if we knew we were going on this trip we might have tried to be more prepared.]