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Home, Sweet Home

September 20, 2012
Kristy Tonderum , Emmetsburg News

Last week my mom, sister and I took off on a little adventure across the country for a wedding in Golden, CO. We took in some beautiful sights, checked out the local attractions and saw a good friend get married in a nice little outdoor ceremony at the top of a mountain.

Before we left I had asked several people if there were any places were should plan to stop on the way to break up our 12-hour drive. I was surprised by the common reaction.

I was warned of the lack luster drive across Nebraska to the point that I was actually advised to make the journey at night if possible. What everyone forgot to mention was how boring Colorado would be! There isn't even a sign on the side of the road to read. The mountains didn't even start until several hours into Colorado and by then we were basically at our destination.

To pass the time we played some classic travel games in the car. I'm happy to report we spotted 38 different states and two Provinces of Canada on our journey. The most surprising was the fact that we saw Alaska, but we didn't see North Dakota. We didn't even see South Dakota until we were on the way home.

Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park are places everyone should experience at least once. Absolutely beautiful.

Driving in the mountains however is not something I want to do again anytime soon. I said it from day one of the trip I'm a beach girl, not a mountain girl. It's still true.

We did get to experience a brewery, a distillery and a winery. I learned that I like pumpkin beer, though it sounds horrible and learned all about the aging process for a good bottle of whiskey.

A big thanks to my momma for driving us around in the mountains and taking care of everything. I know the fog and the crazy roads weren't the easiest to deal with (and maybe us too!).

I'm definitely happy to be home and the kitties seem to be pretty happy about me being back. Now I just need a vacation to recover from my vacation!

 
 
 

 

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