Road trip Adventure continued…..
I slept till about 9 this morning and it felt great! I was feeling refreshed, excited and ready to start our day 🙂 We were on the road by 10am.
Not a bad view for the drive today 🙂
Today’s destination was for Blanching, UT. We were just gonna drive straight there from Denver but then I came up with the idea to take a long way there and check out the Great Sand Dunes. It would add on another 3 hours but I heard it was worth it.
As long as our view stayed like this I didn’t mind how long we were driving today.
I used the navigation on my Android Razor phone to get us there. To make a long story short, my GPS put us on a route that would take us on a road that is closed during the winter and only meant for 4 wheel drive vehicles.
“Where is the GPS taking us?”
We turned on to a dirt road covered in a thin layer of snow. We both assumed that the main road would come back up soon. We were totally wrong and the snow started getting deeper the farther we drove up the mountain.
“Should we turn around?”
After driving on the road for about 3-4 miles we came upon a big patch of about a foot and half of snow. I do not know why we tried but we did and we got stuck right at the very end.
We were so close to getting thru it!
We tried pushing ourselves out but we were unsuccessful.
Our attempt to get out on our own haha
We started making phone calls at this point and found out nothing positive. The road side assistance for Andrew’s car would not help us because we were more than 10 feet away from a paved road….damn you! All they did for us was give us a towing company number that they could not get an answer too….thank for nothing.
An hour later the tow truck company called us back and said he did not want to drive up the mountain for us…he would if he had too but it would be VERY expensive…..UGHH.
Andrew decided to read his book, Game of Thrones, while i freaked out
So I called 911 at this point. Thank god we were on top of the mountain and still had service because I had nothing at the bottom earlier. 911 informed us that they were sending people from the county with a wench to get us out.
I decided to have a photo shoot to pass the time
View from the top of our Mountain
If I was gonna be stuck in the middle of no where, I am glad it was here
I was not sure what a wench was but they ended up showing up with what looked like a bulldozer….they don’t joke around in Colorado.
The men were very nice and helpful to us. It is nice to meet good people in the world like them. I actually gave one of them a hung as soon as I saw them because we had been stuck up there for about 2 ½ hours and the sun was about to start setting.
The bulldozer pulled us right out and then we started our journey back down the mountain to Blanding, UT. I had booked a hotel at a Super 8 in Blanding, UT about 2 weeks ago. Our GPS said that we were over 7 hours away from this point…..ughhhh! Andrew and I were both emotionally and mentally drained at this point.
Sunsetting on our way down the mountain
Once the sun went down the temperature started dropping and dropping and dropping and then the heat in the car stopped working and we were driving through mountains with no service….yes I started freaking out all over again.
Long story short, we ended up finding a Best Western in a small town called Monte Vista. We still had another 45 min drive through mountains and neither of us felt safe doing this at night with no heat and the check engine light being on; we were both ready to crash into a nice comfy warm bed after the days adventure.
Day 5 “Here comes the sun doo doo doo doo…”
We started our day at 5am. We wanted to get an early start because we had a lot of time to make up; we have another 12 hour drive again. The car was making a really funny noise when we tried starting it…uh oh….but it started sounding normal again after a few minutes of warming up. The sun did not start rising till 7 though so we took our time getting ready and got some breakfast at a local diner. Andrew and I agreed to no chain food restaurants on our trip and we have stuck to it great! We packed a ton of food for the trip so if we had gotten stuck on that mountain yesterday, starvation would not have been what killed us, it would have been the -22 F.
“On the road again”
Once we saw the sun coming over the mountains we began our journey through/over the San Juan Mountains and forrest. Our plan for today is to stop at the Grand Canyon for a little bit and then continue on to Las Vegas.
Driving through the San Juan Mountains/forrest
The heat started working again was the temperature up to 30 F again…THANK GOD. I started thinking Andrew and I were going to start losing limbs since we couldn’t feel our toes for about the first 3 hours of the trip :/.
Trying to stay warm…
Our drive to the Grand Canyon was very uneventful. I felt like we had made a wrong turn at some point and ended up on another planet.
“What planet is this?”
The Grand Canyon was amazing! It just kept going and going and going….I drove up the mountain and Andrew was a little worried. There was snow all over the roads and we were driving along the edge of the Mountains with no railing . Usually I am the horrible passenger seat driver so it was nice to have him freaking out for a change.
Nerdin it up at the Grand Canyon
Okay just one more
After the Grand Canyon we started for LAS VEGAS BABY!! Coming over the mountain to see the Las Vegas Lights was a sight. I have never seen anything like it. I tried taking a picture but it does not do the view justice. You will just have to go and see it your self.
Does not do it justice
We had made previous reservations at The Flamingo! I did not know what to expect but it exceeded my expectations. It was super nice, great location, and great view from our room.
View from our room…not the best picture
After yesterdays kaos we decided we deserved to treat ourselves/get drunk haha. We started the night off with dinner at one of the restaurants in the Hotel. Our waitress talked us into getting tequila…did not take a lot of effort haha.
He was REALLY excited haha
Andrew ordered a 32 oz. beer while I got a 16 oz. He thought it would be a good idea to bet me that he could finish his beer before I finished mine….hahaha jokes.
After dinner we hit up the Penny slot….big spenders! After playing for about 5 minutes Andrew noticed that his wallet was missing…OH SHIT! He swore that someone must have pit pocketed him. We ended up going to security, they looked through there security cameras and figured out that Andrew missed his inside coat pocket and dropped his wallet. That 32 oz, tequila shot, and 3 shock tops earlier was maybe a little too good haha
But we brushed off the drama and were still determined to have a fantastic night…so we took a shot and continued with our penny slots.
Andrew ended up winning over $200 off the Penny slots…..AHHHH!!! We were so excited we acted like we had just won a million bucks haha
Perfect representation of his excitement
After we had enough of the penny slots we headed to the streets. The Bellagio fountains did a cool show ever 15mins or something.
I have to stop there because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ;).
Next post I will finish up with me and Andrews final day of our Road trip adventure and update you on how I have been doing with out him 😦