All posts tagged: Travel

Camping With Pups & Lessons Learned

For my birthday this year, we went camping out at Curt Gowdy State Park. I really love that place! We’ve been accumulating camping gear for a while now, but haven’t actually made a trek until now. So it was our first experience camping together AND our first time camping with the pups. Lesson learned #1 – If you’re going to camp in Wyoming, where strong wind is the most common type of weather… make sure you don’t forget the tent stakes! Luckily, we weren’t too far out (that’s why we chose Curt Gowdy for our first trip… not too far from home if we needed anything or had any puppy emergencies)… so I ran home to get the stakes while Danny placed heavy objects on the tent to keep it from flying away and sat with the pups (and got sunburned). As soon as we started setting up… all Finn wanted to do was help… Zoe not so much. She was content sunbathing in the grass :)    Lesson learned #2 – pups WILL get themselves tangled …

I’m turning 29! What!?!

Tomorrow is my 29th birthday! I’m not sure what happened there. I was at work the other day discussing my/our birthday (me, one of my techs, and one of our volunteers all have a June 29th birthday… best day ever to be born!)… and very nonchalantly I mentioned something along the lines of “I can’t believe I’m turning 28!” Eeeek! I thought it would at least be a little bit longer until I genuinely started forgetting my own age. But apparently it’s happening… now! I got home that day and mentioned something about it to Danny. He then proceeded to break the news to me, although not all that gently. I am, in fact, turning 29. It’s awesome nonetheless. I love my b-day no matter what number is associated with it (ask me about that in 11 years… that opinion may change…). But I can’t even begin to say how excited I am about 29. It’s going to be a big year. Moving back to California… starting a new job… moving into a home with …

Keystone

Our second snowboarding adventure of the season… Keystone! Last weekend, we met up with my mom and dad during their two and a half week ski adventure through Colorado and Utah (they really are taking advantage of my dad’s retirement… it’s pretty awesome). And it just so happened that Danny’s brother had a work function the same weekend in Texas, so he added a little extra leg to his trip and came up this way for a few days with his boyfriend. We stayed in the River Run Condos and one of the nights had an amazing dinner at the Alpenglow Stube at the top of the mountain (the food was amazing but it was quite an experience… it took 2 gondola rides to get there and it was freezing cold… they even gave us blankets for the ride and slippers to wear once we got in the restaurant). View from the room (icicles!!)… and yes, naturally, at one point in the trip Danny and his brother tore off a few and had a sword …

Let Snowboard Season Begin

So Danny seems to think that I should be a snowboarder. I’m not sure yet if it’s really going to work out. But, if it means we get to go on lots of mini-vacations to beautiful snowy mountains and resorts… I say count me in! Our first adventure — Vail (last weekend)! I wanted to go to Breckenridge first… after reading it was more beginner friendly (and I really didn’t want to look ridiculous learning how to snowboard at one of the nicest resorts in the world)… but hey! oh well… that’s just how it worked out. I took a full day class and Danny went off adventuring the mountain on his own. I’m definitely not a natural, and nowhere near confident, but practice makes perfect, right? And I didn’t kill myself plummeting down a mountain, so I’d say that’s a pretty successful first day. Here was the view from our room at Vail Cascade (thank you, Groupon!): And my snowboard class: I’m really liking this EpicMix thing… it tells you your daily stats – what …