Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2000 & 2001

Oh my goodness! I am so excited! We are almost done with the vacation series. Remind me to NEVER start something like this again.

The summer of 2000 we didn't take a big vacation and I really don't know why. We decided to take my in-laws trailer and go camping at one of the local beach campgrounds. We ended up being lucky enough to get a week at San Elijo State Beach. Anyone who knows how hard it is to snag one of those sights knows what I mean when I say we were lucky. Who gets those sights anyway when they are all reserved at 8:01 am on the day they start taking the reservations? Someone has to be cheating and, well.....that's a rant for another post.

Beach camping is one of my favorite ways to camp. It's so fun to just relax and listen to the surf, walk on the beach and play in the waves. The kids joined us for parts of the week, if not all and we had a good time. Hubby didn't write down how much we spent, but it couldn't have been more than about $200.00 all total.

In July 2001, Hubby and I went on vacation A.L.O.N.E. Yep, you read that right. Our daughter was working on campus full time that summer and our son had gotten a job working for the local recreation center. Neither of them wanted to try and take a week off. We debated on what to do and decided to go to Glenwood Springs, Colorado and stay in a friends cabin for a week. The cabin was nestled in the hills and was surrounded with every shade of green you could ever imagine.

There was a creek flowing right through the front yard. Wild turkeys strolled through the yard every morning. Here is a picture of hubby and me sitting by the creek. (Yes, I know, it's 30 pounds ago. I'm actually embarrassed to post this picture.)

The local town was cute and we enjoyed several dinners out. We drove to Aspen one day. We hiked to Moroon Bells(well at least part way.)

I called home at least twice a day because our son was only 17 and we let him stay home under the watchful eye of a friend.

Sadly, the cabin burned to the ground in a wildfire a couple of years later. They have rebuilt it, but it was sad all the same.

On the way home, we visited my Aunt and Uncle in Hurricane, Utah and went to Zion National Park:

We ended the trip with a weekend in Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel.

Total cost for the trip...$1015.00


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Jon said...

Hmm, I don't remember any of this. Not the beach camping, and not the staying home alone for a week. Oh well.

heather said...

I'm sad too that the little cabin burned. I just learned of it now, and about five seconds later learned it no longer exists, but for those brief few seconds, I was hoping to track it down and stay in it someday, because it looks so pretty.

Ginny said...

Jon, that is so funny. You were working at the park. You stayed with Neil and you stayed home. Lori came up from school and was with you part of the week. As for beach camping.....I think you took D, like you always did. You guys slept in the back of grandpa's truck. We took Sierra and that's the year that we went and got the kayaks from the guy at Dad's work. Does any of this ring a bell yet?

Jon said...

Ah, yes. I remember sleeping in the back of the truck. And the kayaks. Thanks.