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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tried pushing ourselves out but we were unsuccessful.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 :/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 😦
So it has been week 1 of Andrew being in San Diego for his internship. This week has been pretty ruff without him but I hope that it gets better from here. I am trying to stay as busy as possible so I do not have enough time to mope that he is not here :(.
Anyways enough of my sob story, here is the journal I was keeping while on our road trip from Raleigh, NC to Chula Vista, CA. I would write a daily entry everyday on our trip. This helped the 12 hour day drives go a little faster.
Day 1 Starting off the New Year with an adventure
Started off with us barely making it to the first gas station out of Raleigh haha. When I turned on the car it was already on Empty…freaked me out pretty bad because I have run out of gas before trying to get to a gas station this low….but we made it J (Andrew added that in).
Then about 2 hours into the trip the tape deck that we are using to play our iPod music through got stuck. We were both freaking out… listening to our choice of music make the drive so much better. So we pulled over and banged on the radio for about 10 mins before it finally popped out. HALELLUJA!
It rained the ENTIRE way to Nashville. But it cleared up just as we were pulling into Nashville, TN. We stayed in a very cheap hotel I found off Expedia, called Knights Inn. We are both pretty sure there was a drug deal going on when we pulled up to our room :/. We slept with one of Andrew’s golf clubs in our room that night.
I had been to Nashville a few times before with my family so I was more excited about showing Andrew around then anything else.
We had dinner at Big River Restaurant in the Historic part of Nashville. It was really cool because they only serve their locally brewed beers. I went with the Beer Sampler and Fish Tacos. Everything was delicious….except the IPA and their light beer sample. Andrew got their Barbeque Bacon Cheeseburger with a Sweet Magnolia beer (award winner). We left Big River with very satisfied stomachs and on the look for a cool bar to listen to some local music.
We walked around the historic downtown streets for a little while before we decided on a Honky Tonk Bar. It was just a little hole in the wall bar, but those are always the best. The band was playing old country and bluegrass music. Andrew is not usually a country music fan but he really enjoyed it.
Andrew can only handle so much country accents and cowboy boots so after our beers we headed back to our classy hotel.
Day 2 “Meet me in St. Louis”
We both woke up pretty early in Nashville and I was ready to get out of that hotel room ASAP. We hit up the complimentary breakfast, which was just waffles and cereal before we hit the road. St. Louis, MO was our destination to stay with our friend Jordan. Andrew and Jordan played soccer in college together at Winthrop University.
The sun was shining bright for this drive. We saw our first snow of 2013 in Illinois. I was way too excited probably, I kept trying to jump in it but since it was so cold it was more like a sheet of ice.
We found a Cut-out of superman at a random rest stop in Illinois. A fun unexpected find.
Our fist stop in St. Louis was a little sports bar called Port’s. We treated ourselves to the locally brewed beer, Schlafly, while we waited on our friend, Jordan, to get off work.
Once we got to Jordan’s house I decided to do one of my Beach Body Turbo videos since I had not worked out in a couple of days. It felt good to get a quick workout in.
Jordan was a great tour guide! He took us to Anheuser Busch first; we took a tour, tried some beers that they brew, and checked out the Clydesdale Horses.
We attempted to go up The Arch next but it had already closed by the time we got there. We headed to the famous Blueberry Hill Restaurant for dinner instead. It was a unique place; they had a ton of action figures from Pee Wee to N’sync. The walls had pictures of all the celebrities who had visited Blueberry Hill over the years too which was cool to see. By the time we had finished dinner and gotten back to his place I was exhausted.
Day 3 “I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore”
We left St. Louis by 7:30am en route for Denver, CO. We were not looking forward to this days drive because it would be a 12 hour drive through boring Kansas. There were not many eventful things on the drive. I learned that Kansas is pretty opinionated with their billboards. Some of the best ones read: “Smile, your mom chose life”, “Abortion Kills Gods Creation”, “Adoption, not abortion”, and they just keep getting better from there. We did see some HUGE windmills. They looked terrestrial to me because of their size, location, and amount.
Sorry I think these pictures were taken on Andrews phone.
We made it into Denver, CO around 730pm. I was so ready to get out of the car after our 12 hr and 30min drive for the day and I started getting car sick the last hour.
We were greeted by my long life friend, Maren. We have known each other for as long as I can remember. We grew up together in the same neighborohood and swam every summer at Sedgefield Swim & Racquet Club. She has been living in Denver now with her boyfriend, Jesse, for almost a year.
We all went out for dinner at a cool local bar/restaurant called Guvnahs just a few blocks from her place. It was nice to walk there because I was dead set on not getting back in the car till the next day haha.
Guvnahs food was nothing to brag about but their drink specials were. We all started off the $3.50 LIT’s and then they had a buy one get one free beer deal going on so we all hit that deal up after we ate.
After dinner we walked back to Maren and Jesse’s apartment and chilled before passing out…..we may or may not have taken advantage of the the smoking law. 😉
To Be Continued…….
Rise and Shine everyone! Yesterday I woke up with the sun rising…I love waking up at this time (is that weird?).
For breakfast, I fixed myself a delicious “oatless” Oatmeal breakfast with Spiced Chai tea. Chewbacca was begging to go for walk by the time I finished breakfast.
The night before, Andrew and I met his parents for dinner at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe in downtown Durham. It was everyones first time their so I was not sure what to expect. As soon as we walked in I immediately thought “this is any mans heaven”. There were atleast 40 flat screen TV’s in the restaurant, it was pretty cool. We were seated in a half booth facing a wall with 22 TV’s with different sports on each one.
The menu was very different and unique…I loved it! Andrew’s mom (Connie) and I ordered the Hummus platter as an appetizer and the men got wings (surprise surprise). Our hummus platter came with 3 different styles; Lima Bean Hummus that has a citrus lime twist to it (my favorite); Black Eyed pea hummus that had a chipotle spicy kick to it; and the an original style Hummus. We given pita bread, squash and cucumber to eat it with.
As my entree I got the Turkey and Cucumber Sandwich with a dill lemon spread (I requested some avocado on it too….avocado makes everything better). I was completely satisfied by the end of the meal.
It was hard for Andrew to say by to his parents. We are leaving for San Diego Tuesday morning and this will be the farthest Andrew has ever been from his family/me. He is sad about missing out on family events for the next 5 months but he is super excited at the same time to live in San Diego and work for the Olympic Training Facility.
After dinner, we found one of our favorite Disney movies on netflix, Fox and the Hound. We got about half way through the movie before Chewbacca hit the control and fast forward the movie to the very end. We were both to tired/comfortable to rewind it and we ended up passing out on the couch at 8:30 haha….. this explains why I woke up so early Sunday.
What is your favorite Disney Movie?
Justine and I did Insanity the Max Recovery Video.
After our workout we decided to try out another one of Shaun T’s workouts. We went with his Hip Hop Abs video that he recorded before he released Insanity. It was HILARIOUS! I got more of a workout laughing at Shaun T’s comments then I did actually doing the moves haha. You need to watch the video to understand what I am talking about. Trust me you will not regret it ;). And let me just say that I have never felt so white doing these videos.. I have NO rhythm.
We both agreed that Shaun T is on our Top 5 people that we want to meet before we die. Do you have any random people on your top 5 list?
After our workout we showered and left for the mall to hit up Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sale. Since we were up so early we got to the mall before it even opened…. future memo: do not try to go shopping early on Sundays… nothing is open till 12. We did end up leaving with some great deals 🙂 I am a bargain shopper so sales like this make me happy.
After our interesting shopping adventure we met up with Andrew and some of our friends at Carolina Ale House for lunch and to watch the Jets game. One thing led to another at the Ale House and we ended up staying there till 5.
How did you spend your Sunday?
Good Morning Everyone! I hope it is a prettier day for you wherever you may be. It is cold and rainy here 😦
I have been battling a cold for the past few days. So in my attempt to kick this cold in the butt I have been taking 4 different medicines. One was Niquel and I ended up sleeping for 13 hours last night :).
I do have the best boyfriend ever! I woke up around midnight starving and he brought me my favorite snack….banana and peanut butter 🙂
After my midnight snack I immediately passed back out.
This morning I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for a run. I was not about to let this weather stop me so I decided to hit up our apartment gym and run on the treadmill.
I ended up running 5 miles in 49 minutes. Not my fastest time but I was trying to take it easy since I am still hacking/coughing.
As my post workout breakfast, I went with a mango almond smoothie. It was nothing fancy just 1/2 cup rice milk, 1/2 cup mango, shaved almonds, ginger spice, nutmeg spice, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and blend. It was simply and totally hit the spot.
Now I am off to work for a few hours then dinner with Andrew’s parents at Tobacco Campus.
What do you do when you have a cold? Do you try home remedies? every kind of medicine? sleep it off?
How was your holiday weekend? Mine was full of parties with family and friends.
Friday Night my Aunt & Uncle threw a Winter Solstice Party. I had a great time! The food was AMAZING. Everything (not an exaggeration) was homemade. We were informed of some VERY exciting news that night too…… My cousin, Mazi, and his girlfriend, Lindsey, are now engaged!!! This is the first engagement on my dads side of the family so I am extra excited :).
Saturday Night was our Mustache Party. This is one of my favorite parties of the year. Here are a few clips from the night.
At the end of the night every one votes on who had the best mustache. Each year the winner receives the Mustache Cup!
Here are all the contestants of 2012.
And the winner is (drum roll)……
Things got a little crazy during the after party. A small group of us went up to one of our local bars and sang karaoke.
Update on my WOD
Thursday: 30 minute run outside with short and long sprints
Friday: Recovery video from Insanity
Saturday: Power & Resistance video from Insanity followed up with a 45 minute walk with Steph
Sunday: Rest; I needed a day of rest after the Mustache Party 😉
Monday: Insanity video, have not decided which one yet
That is all for now. Merry Christmas!!
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and spending it with friends and family like me 🙂
I am sure that you are all very busy with last minute christmas shopping, christmas parties, cooking/baking, etc.
I wanted to share a great 10 minute plank workout that my roommate and I made a video of recently. This workout is a real challenge so feel free to take breaks whenever necessary….Justine and I definitely did haha.
I do not like crunches, sit-ups, or most of the derivatives. To me a plank workout is far more beneficial because you are also strengthening/toning your gluteus, hips, triceps, biceps, quads, etc (depending witch plank you are performing). Here are a few tips to ensure no injuries and that you get as much out of this workout as you can.
1. Your elbows/hands should be inline with your shoulders.
2. Squeeze gluteus and concentrate on tightening your abdominals.
3. Keep a neutral back and spine. Do not allow your head to fall so you are looking at your toes
4. Do not let your hips sag to the ground.
5. Keep knees locked and stay on your toes.
5. When your form begins to suffer, take a break. Your only benefitting from the plank when you are actually doing it in correct form.
There are 9 moves and we hold them for 1 minute each with a 10 sec. break in between each one. Before we start the workout we will give a quick run through and demonstrate each move.
Here is the link to the video. 9 minute plank workout
I am not sure how to the post a video into my blog yet….sorry
Move 1: Plank on hands
Move 2: Knee tucks
Move 3: Up/Downs; switching between elbows and hands
Move 4: Plank on elbows
Move 5: Knee to elbow
Move 6: Toe touches; bring left leg to right side and touch toes with right hand then switch sides
Move 7: Left Side plank lift with a leg lift
Move 8: Right Side plank lift with a leg lift
Move 9: Plank on elbow
Remember to keep breathing and take breaks when needed!
Good luck everyone and have a safe, happy Christmas!