Friday, January 02, 2015

Our 15th Anniversary in Colorado (Part 1)

My best friend and love---15 years going strong!

For our 15th anniversary, I chose for us to return to our previous stomping grounds in Colorado.  It was a short trip, but we managed to do everything we set out to do.  I wish we could have stayed a little longer.

12/12---To start the trip off, we drove to High Point to drop off the boys at my Mom's house.  She watched them while we were gone.  We headed out to Raleigh to stay the night before our flight out of RDU.  I had reservations for us at The Angus Barn that night.  The thing is, I also invited our best friends (Jason & Natascha) to join us without Clayton's knowledge.  We had a wonderful time hanging with them for the evening.
Love all these people :)

12/13---We got up bright and early to head to the airport.  Unfortunately, it wasn't a good morning.  I was dying for some good coffee and so we stopped at the first Starbucks we saw.  After walking away with our cups, we realized that we couldn't carry our drinks through security.  Ugh.  We walked back inside the cafe and sat down.  I proceeded to mention that I had somehow kept my Ugg boots clean for a long time and hoped to keep them that way.  About 5 seconds later, I dropped my entire coffee and it went all over my left boot.  I about cried.  Sigh...

Our first flight of 38 minutes took us right back to our home of Charlotte.  Yes, I know we should have flown out of our own airport, but we saved over $300 by going out of RDU instead.  We couldn't get a direct flight from CLT either, but we got to fly direct to Denver from Charlotte on the RDU itinerary.  Weird.  In the end, it was worth the extra driving.

As soon as we got to Denver, we headed to our old hometown of Johnstown for lunch.  Huang Garden is the best Chinese restaurant ever and we miss it so much.  It didn't disappoint.  Before leaving, I walked into the local grocery store next door for their awesome homemade flour tortillas and guacamole.  Yummm

We checked into our hotel in Fort Collins (The Armstrong).  It is one of our favorite places to hang out.  Even when we lived in Colorado, we stayed in this hotel multiple times for staycations.  It is eclectic in decor and perfectly located near Old Town.  We love it there.
Our cool tub in the honeymoon suite

That night was spent in Cheyenne, Wyoming (about 45 minutes north of Fort Collins).  Steve (C's dad) & Sandy drove from Nebraska and joined us at Stephanie (C's sister) & Tom's house for the evening.  We went out to Steamboats Steak & Smokehouse for dinner.  I miss all of these people so dang much.
From L to R: Steph, Clayton, Sandy, and Steve