When I said yes to my girlfriend for a January getaway weekend back in September, I was hoping that I’d be pregnant by now. The expectation was that she’d have to watch a video of progesterone in oil injection and stick me with a thick long needle.
Expectation and reality are two totally different things.
Despite the disappointment, I think I was able to make the most out of it.
Sometimes taking a trip with a friend could ruin friendships. You just never know if you’d be compatible travelers. I had confidence that my girlfriend and I would travel well together. I’m so glad I was right.
We chatted non-stop once we met up at the airport. It was basically one long chatting session all afternoon and evening. We met up for lunch for three hours on Christmas Eve and that was a really nice and long time. But I don’t think we ever had a very long time to talk about anything and everything and not just using the time to catch up. Having a friend that you can talk to non-stop is a blessing. And it’s even a bigger blessing that we had the opportunity to do that on a trip. No distractions from our daily life. No rushing to places or appointments. It was wonderful. At the airport and on my flight, I didn’t even touch any of my entertainment. We just chatted.
My friend booked a really nice hotel resort. I know that Bob and I would probably not spend this kind of money on a hotel room so I gladly said yes to it. It didn’t disappoint. Every single staff member was nice, attentive, and courteous. Service was fast. We got upgraded from one king bed (to save money originally) to two queen beds.
And instead of the “resort view”, we got upgraded to the mountain view! It was all dark at night so we didn’t get to see the spectacular views until the next day. Look what it looked like out of our window:
The snow-capped mountains were just so soothing for the eyes. We lay in bed and just looked out for a while.
Before breakfast, we went on a 1.6-mile hike close to the hotel. It’s so unique to have an area to hike at a resort. Here are some pictures of the hike:
The rest of the day, we just chilled and did whatever. When my friend spent her time at the spa, I opted for my time by the pool. It wasn’t the warmest to allow for bikinis or swimsuits, but it was sunny and warm enough for chilling there with my glass of spicy strawberry margarita.
Breakfasts were good:
Our dinner was at this restaurant in town that I chose ahead of time. It had the best reviews and even better, a three-course dinner at a super discounted price between 4:30 and 5:45. We arrived at 5:15 and honestly, we were the only people who didn’t have gray hair! Local retirees know where to find good food!
The Manhattan clam chowder was just right. The pork chop was so juicy and flavorful it was seriously one of the best I had. The service was pleasant and attentive. All in all a very great dining experience at a discounted price.
The best gift and surprise of all was that we were contacted by our dear friend and spiritual mentor who saw on Face.book that we were in the area. She happened to have just arrived here a week ago for her month-long vacation from Colorado. We didn’t know that she was going to be in the same area since she usually would go to Florida for her January trip. It was a wonderful surprise to be within a few miles of each other after she and her husband moved away a few years ago from the Bay Area. She was both of our mentor about eight years ago. We met up once a week and talked about spiritual things. This time, we were so blessed to be able to get together for coffee and caught up for over two hours. The power of social media is amazing. She hadn’t gone on Face.book for a long time and once she went on, she saw our photos. Without that, she wouldn’t have known we were there.
Finally, it was wonderful to come home to my husband. He bought groceries and made dinner so I could have enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Before he came to pick me up at the airport, he made sure that he filled the tank so I would have gas for work this coming week. I love seeing his face after not being with him for a couple of days.
And my girlfriend and I are already talking about another girls’ getaway. I guess we still love each other after seeing each other non-stop for 48 hours. 😉