After Kyle being gone for a long weekend in London, it was the BYE week, finally! This means NO Bronco game, NO work for Kyle and It's the ONE cherished weekend off of the season! We had plans to go to North Dakota/Minnesota, but decided it would be easier and we could have a longer time if Randy and Frank came to town.
Kyle arrived home Monday afternoon and Randy and Frank arrived Tuesday afternoon. It was sooo great to see them and it had been just over two months since they had see Josie. How she had changed in two months!!! We headed to Aspen for a much needed long weekend away. It was absolutely beautiful up there, not too cold, sunny and blue skies during the day. Aspen had gotten a big snow, but most of it was gone. It was the off-season while we were there, which means many shops and restaurant shut down until Thanksgiving, which is opening weekend for two of the four Aspen Ski Company mountains. It also means there are many vacancies and new restaurants and stores frantically trying to open before November 25th.
We laid low, celebrated Thanksgiving...turkey, stuffing and all the fixins' and had a very enjoyable time. We hit our favorite, Zanes for wings and beer, checked out some of the shops that were open and walked the Rio Grande Trail. Overall we ate, drank and were merry...what else could you ask for on vacation!?!
One of the most photographed spots in the country is Maroon Bells. It's a picturesque Colorado and during the summer months it's only accessible by bus. Since the road is still open, due to not much snow and the off-season, we drove up. It was awesome to see the Bells this time of year. I've never been up there in November. It's just as beautiful!
Coming home from the mountains with a baby has proved to be a loooooong drive. It's 3.5 hours from Aspen to Denver and when you have an infant who's ears hurt coming down in altitude, it makes for a 4-5 hour drive. For you low-country, flat-landers....your kiddos would experience this in a plane. For us, it's every time we come home from the mountains. It effects her in one spot where isn't the steepest decline, on the west side of the tunnel. The first three times, it was an all out screaming-bloody-murder, kind of scream for 16 miles to the first exit. I tell you, it's the longest 16 miles of your life! I was hopeful with time and maturing ears, we would over come the screaming and having to stop for an hour to feed her and calm her down. THIS WAS THAT TRIP!!! Oh my gosh, I was so happy! I just couldn't believe that we came through the Eisenhower tunnel and nothing, holding my breath, still nothing...holding my breath...still nothing. She was fine, no ear pain. I'm glad to know it's over! It makes a trip up there a little dreadful because you know it's going to be a long trip home. Ah....it's in the past!
We enjoyed a few days back in Denver with Frank and Randy. We shopped, Randy's my shopping partner...she loves it. I try to save all my shopping trips until she's in town. Sadly they left....but I can't wait to see them again in February in Florida!