Audrey and I, as a gift from my folks, came to Snowmass for the weekend. For those of you who don't know, Snowmass is right outside of Aspen. It is a cool little resort town and we are staying at the Westin, which we found on Priceline for a killer deal. The hotel is so nice! For the price I was expecting something a lot more basic, but this place is beautiful.
We drove almost 5 hours to get here yesterday because of some bad construction traffic on I70. But we stopped in Vail for lunch and then pushed on through. I guess we were here by about 3:00.
Oh, I forgot to mention that we stopped at Denver Children's Hospital on the way to see Audrey friend Sorcha who has Cystic Fibrosis. She has been in there a week or 10 days. Audrey spent the night up there in the middle of last week and wanted to see her again before she discharges on Monday or Tuesday. So we got a little bit later start than I anticipated.But no big deal. THis is Audrey's 15th birthday trip and so she's the boss.
THe real reason for coming to Snowmass was to see if we could find Hunter S. Thompson's house. He was a famous and gifted writer that Audrey and I both love. He had a house in Woody Creek and that is right across the highway from where we are staying. So to start off we had dinner at the Woody Creek Tavern, which was his local hangout. And then using satellite imaging, we tracked down his home. The iPhone is amazing! I have to admit I got a little chill when we found it. To be at the place where so many wild adventures happened, so many stars visited and so many books and articles were written was pretty cool. I am usually not like that, but it was a a bit of a rush.
Got back to the hotel and Audrey went to the pool to finish her book after the mandatory jump on the bed. For as long as we have been coming to motels, AUdrey has always made it a practice to jump on the bed. Not sure why other then the fact that she can't do so at home so she takes advantage of her opportunity on the road. She cam back and took a shower before we headed to the bar for "second dinner."
Second Dinner is sort of a thing with our family. We tend to eat dinner early so by 10 or 11 everyone is hungry again. So we went down and ate a bite before turning in.
I am up early. There is a Starbucks downstairs so I am enjoying a Venti coffee and writing this post. Audrey is still sacked out--she may be for a while. We will make a leisurely departure whenever she gets up and will arrive back in the Springs sometime this afternoon. No hurry!
Joanne is at Kristen's cabin in Winter Park with Kristen's family and her mom. I talked to Joanne last night and she is doing really well. This is officially the longest period of time we have been apart since the stroke. Feels weird but I think it's good. Emma ont he other hand is with my folk and getting spoiled! They went to P.F. Chang's for dinner which is Emma's favorite and then to the Apple store where Emma acted as jr. sales rep and tried to get mom into an iPad and dad into a new iPhone. That kid knows and loves her Apple products.
Funny story: dad was trying to move some files around his iMac and the two of us were ahving a terrible time figuring out how to do it. Emma popped ina dn told us how to do it and I told her she was nuts; that it would never work. Well, we tried it and it worked! Major foot in mouth for me. That kid is Mac savvy!
I guess that's about it. We have a lot of school activities this week getting ready to start on the 19th. Can't believe the summer is almost over!