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Travel Ups and Downs

On the morning we left for Colorado Javier and I got to the airport extra early because we didn’t know how long the lines would be, but we were through security 2 hours before our flight took off. We congratulated ourselves on having plenty of time to spare once we got to the gate (with coffee in hand!) but then a severe thunderstorm rolled through and turned the Southwest wing of the airport into a traveler’s nightmare. Every flight was delayed, every connection was missed, every standby passenger was told to give up and every person in the vicinity was either pissed or amused by the pissed people. Our plane was delayed 3 hours, so around lunch time we went to Whitt’s BBQ in the airport and sat eating our bbq in Tootsies while some guy played Crosby, Stills and Nash covers. Not so bad! La manana que salimos a Colorado, Javier y yo llegamos al aeropuerto con bastante anticipacion porque no sabiamos si las colas iban a estar largas o no, pero pasamos por el counter y seguridad tan rapido que nos quedaron 2 horas par matar antes del vuelo. Nos felicitamos por tener tanto tiempo y no estar preocupados, pero una tormenta electrica justo paso por Nashville y convirtio los vuelos de Southwest en una pesadilla logistica. Todos los vuelos se retrasaron, las conexiones se perdieron, los pasajeros en stand-by tuvieron que irse de vuelta a la casa y la gente al rededor estaba o furiosa o entretenida viendo a la gente furiosa. Nuestro vuelo se termino atrasando por 3 horas, asi que a la hora de almuerzo fuimos a Whitt’s Barbacoa en el aeropuerto y nos sentamos a comer nuestro almuerzo en Tootsies escuchando a un artista que tocaba covers de Crosby, Stills y Nash. Nada mal!
Once we got on the plane (3.5 hours later) we were told we were in for a bumpy ride – not my favorite news ever but there wasn’t much I could do about it. Sure enough, the turbulence after takeoff scared me out of my wits and I was a wreck for the first 20 minutes. In the meantime, Javi made a really cool bat out of a dollar bill with instructions from the inflight magazine, and amazingly enough that took my mind off of the flight long enough and things eventually settled down (oh, and the lovely flight attendants gave me some dramamine – thank you thank you Ricardo and Jen!! you were wonderful!). Cuando abordamos el avion (3 horas y media atrasados) nos dijeron que nos preparesemos para un viaje movido – no necesariamente mis noticias favoritas pero no habia mucho que podia hacer. Y claro, la turbulencia despues del despegue me asusto muchisimo y me dio panico durante los primeros 20 minutos. Por mientras, Javi hizo un murcielago muy genial con un billete usando las instrucciones de la revista del avion, e increiblemente me distrajo de lo malo del vuelo por suficiente tiempo hasta que las cosas se tranquilizaron (oh y las amorosas azafatas me dieron dramamina – remedio para el mareo – gracias gracias gracias Ricardo y Jen!! ustedes son geniales!)
Once we landed, we picked up our rental car and followed the setting sun toward Buena Vista, CO. The drive was breathtaking. Javier and I couldn’t get enough – every time we rounded a bend and saw a new wide landscape of rocks, cliffs, mountains, vast plains and beautiful sunset views we reiterated that we couldn’t believe people actually live here and see this every day. Coloradans must be so bored with the views when they go to other states. We finally rolled into the driveway of our B&B – the Liars Lodge – at around 8:30. This place is so great! We’ll do a whole post featuring this amazing lodge soon. We get one beer or glass of wine on the house every day, so we picked our poison and sat on the couch in the huge den taking it all in until we finally passed out in our cozy room. It was a crazy day, but the destination is even better than we imagined!! Una vez que aterrizamos, arrendamos un auto y seguimos al sol rumbo a Buena Vista, Colorado. El paisaje te quita el aliento. Javier y yo no nos cansabamos de lo lindo que es todo – cada vez que habia una curva que rodeaba una montana un nuevo paisaje se presentaba…rocas, acantilados, montanas, valles, planicies y el atardecer se repetian y no podiamos creer que hay gente que vive en este lugar y puede ver esto dia a dia. La gente de Colorado se deben aburrir mucho cuando ven paisajes en otros estados. Finalmente llegamos a la entrada de nuestro Bread & Breakfast (Cama y Desayuno) – The Liar’s Lodge – mas o menos a las 8:30pm. Este lugar es genial! Escribiremos un post dedicado solo al lodge. Tenemos una cerveza o una copa de vino a cuenta de la casa cada dia, asi que alegimos nuestro veneno y nos sentamos en el sillon es la sala principal admirando todo lo lindo del lugar hasta que nos desmayamos en nuestra comoda habitacion. Fue un dia de locos, pero el lugar de destino es mejor de los que nos imaginamos!

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  1. I love the SW in-flight mag. I made an owl out of a dollar from their instructions one time and carried it around in my wallet peeking through the clear i.d. part for months. I showed it to everyone. I just realized I’m kind of a dork for that. Lol! Happy Honeymoon. Don’t blog too much!

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