This was a weekend I had been looking forward to for ages. For several reasons.
#1- Got to hang out with my buddy HDW for a little chickage downtime.
#2- Said downtime was to be held here.
#3- The here was free since I won it in a work-sponsored contest.
#4- My company also threw in $100 spending $.
SWEET! On all counts.
What an aweome get away..truly!
Of course the company was superb and we got to catch up on the drive over to Vail...which was not all twisty and turny and mountainy as I feared it would be. I am a chicken (bwak!) when it comes to twisty and turny mountain roads.
There was a brief moment of consternation and concern when we passed a blinking traffic sign that said the road to our resort was CLOSED effective 4 Sept. Eek, were we gonna have to sleep in the car? We laughed...nervously...and soon found out the sign did not apply to the road that led to the Ritz-Carlton. Whew!
Minutes later we pulled in and were greeted by super hot, super cute bellmen in cowboy hats and secret service earpieces. Cowboy hats and earpieces...very bizarre and surreal. But hey they were cute so what the hell?
One of the mentioned to HDW that her car was smoking...and so it was...which did not make for a good beginning of the trip. More on that later.
Our room wasn't quite ready, so the Desk Mgr apologized profusely and offered to seat us in the bar and comp us drinks and appetizers. So we sat..for a good couple of hours...ate and drank and looked at the killer view and just relaxed.
See? Doesn't HDW look relaxed??
After awhile and several drinks, we made it up to our room where tragedy struck. Yes, the beds were so fluffy and comfy and luxurious that they sucked HDW into their grip. I have proof!!
Luckily, I was able to pry her from their comfy grip by waving this in front of her...it did the trick!
Soon it was time to mix up this...
...which we enjoyed on the balcony overlooking here...
It was really quite nice! Sipping our drinks while watching dusk approach, the smell of the woodpit fire below us and listening to the music wafting up from the pool area. Then it got super cold so we said hell with it and went inside to get warm.
Had a great dinner...with drinks...then headed back to chat more and plot to overtake the world. Or at least think about it.
As nice as the hotel was, it was not soundproofed. Every comment made in the halls was audible. And at one point (while HDW was asleep) I was tempted to tell the couple out in the hall to just pick a room and get it over with (He wanted her to come into his room and she kept refusing! Kids these days!!)
Eventually the guests quieted down and I conked out. The gazillion down pillows and down comforter and down everything else helped!
This morning HDW tried to find a place that was open on Sunday that could help us with an oil change. None was to be found (Hello? Business opportunity waiting to happen!) so we set off with eyes peeled for a gas station or somewhere similiar where we could get oil.
HDW spotted a place before we hit I-70 and within 15 minutes we were back on the road feeling lots better about her car and our ability to make it back to D-town safe and sound.
Before we knew it, we were back and the trip was over.
While it was a short getaway and definitely not long enough, it was nice while it lasted.
Sometimes just a little break is all you need to get back to a better place in your life.
Thanks HDW for being my escape buddy. I had a blast!