The best parts:
Sebastian's pure joy as he stuck his head out and felt the wind in his face. Cool weather in the evenings/mornings and thankfulness that we'd come prepared with plenty of quilts. The kids making friends in the RV park. Our neighbors letting us use their propane grill when we realized our stove wasn't working. Having someone stop us at a gas station asking to peek inside because they were equally enthralled with Airstreams. Watching the kids sleep in the same pull out bed.
Waking early enough to see the pink clouds with the sunrise. The hot springs. Night swimming under the stars with 500 other people. Watching the moon rise over the mountains. Watching Ruby make friends with all the puppies. Sebastian's bravery in the pool. Wandering into the woods and getting stuck in the rain. Time with my best friend.
We didn't get lost. The kids wanted to keep the trailer. I did, too.
The surprising parts:
Getting pulled over by a policewoman for our trailer lights not being hooked up properly. Getting flagged down by two cars when the battery door fell open and the battery almost fell out on the highway. Not being able to use the water at all because our leasor didn't have time to explain it to us. Realizing that terrible smell was the old wiring and that we could only use the electricity hook up for about ten minutes at a time. Realizing the rented suburban had no working A/C. Being told the Airstream lock didn't work and that we'd have to move all of our valuables to the suburban every time we left.
Sebastian getting a fever the morning we left. Having the battery door open again and dragging it as we pulled off to a safe spot. Learning to pee in a venti Starbuck's cup and letting both kids do the same because you can't just pull over anywhere in a suburban hauling a trailer. Unloading our stuff back into our car as we dropped off the trailer and realizing the suburban wouldn't go into reverse. Feeling thankful we hadn't gotten stuck on a mountain.
It was such a lovely trip despite things not all going according to plan. We decided to stay flexible and roll with the punches and ended up with some big memories. I've got a little Airstream tour for you next and some shots of the hot springs. If you ever have a chance to go to Glenwood Springs, CO you need to jump at the chance. I can't wait to go back again and explore the sites we didn't have time to take in like Hanging Lake, the gold mine towns surrounding the area, the fun shops and restaurants downtown, and the adventure park on top of one of the mountains.
Also, this may be the first road trip we've taken in years that didn't include a stop at a flea market. I'm trying to cut back anyways but having zero space to pack anything else in our car helped curb that urge! This year's motto is to keep only the best and purge the rest. I think it's a familiar cycle among the thrifters I know.
I want to hear your best road trip stories. What's the worst thing that's happened? What's the best trip you've taken?