Kat told me all she wanted for her birthday was a ski trip to Colorado. Her husband wasn’t into skiing, and although I haven’t been snowboarding in years, she somehow knew I’d be up for it. I was.
We crammed a ton into a 3 day trip. Super cheap flights and a great deal on Airbnb. We were set. It goes to show you don’t have to spend a fortune to get away and create memories with a close friend as well as how important and worthwhile it is to carve out time for the people who matter in your life.
Day one was about getting there. A flight. A drive in the snow. Then a walk around our little ski town with coffee sitting on horse saddles and me getting outfitted in the latest shabby chic cowgirl attire.
After our in-town adventure we did something way more risky. We walked barefoot across snow in retro bathing suits to try out the hot tub – and of course it was snowing. Getting in wasn’t so bad but getting out with snow covered coats and towels was amusing.
Day two was skiing/snowboarding. Poor Kat. I had grand ambitions of getting to the top of every mountain in the range. And we did it. Although, it wasn’t pretty. In the Alps, we have green, blue, red and black as our ratings. When I think Blue, I think easy. I forget that in the USA, the blues are the reds of the Alps.
We had a moment of getting stuck on a broken chair lift. Then we had a moment of starring down the horizons line to a very steep piste ahead of us. But these are the moments that bring you closer and that you laugh about months later.
To reward our efforts, we stood in line for 20 minutes to get crepes. Ah-mazing. Totally worth the wait. I went sweet. Kat went savory. Mmmmmmm.
On our last day we packed it all in. We got up early, drove out near Leadville and went dog sledding. I was in heaven and beamed from ear to ear for weeks after. It was also fun to see Mt Elbert off in the distance, knowing I climbed it solo a year ago going from sea level to 14K in 24 hours.
Then we met a friend of mine who happened to be in Denver for a work meeting. Finally we met a Tiny House trailer manufacturer and learned all about trailers and tiny house construction.
It was a packed 3 days and a trip I loved so much. Kat did all the planning. That’s her gift. I told her on the trip I wanted her to be the CEO of me. I was ready to move to CO and run a dog sled team. She brought back some reason while not dampening my enthusiasm. Love you Kat. Lots more girl trips to come.