July 13, 2015

Why we went to CO

subtitled: Why we drove 3500 (+ or -) miles in 160 (+ or -) hours
We were crazy? Probably, but that’s not the full explanation… (This is going to be a LONG story, so you might as well go grab that second cup of coffee & scone, then come back & settle in.)DSCN2524My parents made the decision a few years ago that they would pay the way to SUMMIT Student Conference for any of their 10 grandchildren who wanted to (or were able) attend. In June 2013, Zach & one of my nieces took advantage of that generous offer. (I refer to part of that story in this post.) 2013SummitLast year another niece & nephew attended their 2-week session in California.
This year, Alec decided he would go to Manitou Springs for his conference. Zach had been wishing to return, so he save up his hard-earned cash so he could attend as well. Because not one of Zach’s 3 vehicles could be trusted for that long of a journey (and I couldn’t be without my van for the full 2 weeks) it was decided that we would drop them off, then return for them when their session was complete.20150613_064746We left bright & early Saturday morning and headed north. Because we had three drivers we were fairly aggressive and pulled in to Pagosa Springs before sunset. We had a delicious Thai dinner then walked around town, checking out the hot springs.20150613_200228Next morning we pointed our nose to Wolf Creek Pass and the beautiful snowy mountain landscapes beyond.DSCN2497We stopped at Treasure Falls for a picture of the water (really too early in the day for great pictures…) 20150614_084851video
…and another selfie.DSCN2525
Eventually we wound up in Manitou dropped the boys at their destination. 20150614_141015We headed down into Colorado Springs to meet our friends for a quick early dinner, then the plan was to get a few hour start on the trip back home.Well, that was the plan. What happened was after dinner we went back to their house and fellowshiped and decided to spend the night. Their neighborhood has such lovely views of Pikes Peak!20150615_062011We grabbed a quick breakfast at Rudy’s (they also had the cheapest gas on our route through town!)20150615_134530then headed South, away from the beautiful mountains.

We pulled into Albuquerque in time to eat lunch at a Rudy’s there!
lunchThen we pointed the van to home. Ahhhhhhhh…

We rested up for a few days while our boys up at Summit were going non-stop. Sometimes I’d get a text saying, “Mom! I played Ultimate Frisbee with Frank Turek!” I’d reply (because Dr. Turek is one of our favorite authors) “That is soooooooo awesome!” To which I’d receive, “ I know! He’s such a great player!”
20150624_070250[1]Perspective!summitThey had an incredible two weeks up on the mountain. Learning from & conversing with great minds like Josh McDowell, J. Warner Wallace, Scott Klusendorf, Mike Adams and Del Tackett.
The sessions always end with a graduation the final Friday night. We missed Zach’s two years ago; but made the decision to attend his & Alec’s this year. So we packed up our youngest 1435240597326and hit the road on the 25th. 20150625_201348We drove & drove until we hit Trinidad for dinner and sleep!
gotgWe made enough time to be able to take in some of God’s beautiful creation found in the Garden Of The Godsmanitouspgsand the awesome architecture of Manitou.20150626_164608During the parent meeting prior to dinner & graduation, I sat in Zach’s seat for the past two weeks of learning. Do you think those speakers will remember a 6’7” bearded fellow in their face?
After graduation we returned to enjoy our friends’ hospitality (Zach & Alec wouldn’t be ready to leave until Saturday morning.) Before we picked up those two for the return trip home, three of us stopped to eat breakfast at, wait for it… RUDY’S! brefusses(Seriously, smoked brisket, fried potatoes & scrambled eggs is a combo you can’t beat!)
Keith wished to show the boys one of the Colorado towns he spent a couple years while growing up, so we headed up over the hills to Alamosa. 20150627_093456Can you count the 14,000ft peaks in this panorama @ almost 9,000 ft elevation?
alamosaaHe found & showed us the house his parents built & the church they attended while living there.
Then it was on to Albuquerque to meet up with my Uncle Roger for dinner at Garduño's. What an incredible dinner -- those were some of the best shrimp tacos I’ve had! Later, we were thrilled to be able to spend the night up at his home in a beautiful canyon up in the hills.20150628_060403Next morning he fixed us an incredible breakfast and showed us around his ranchito.20150628_073359
20150628_074223And then we crammed back into the van and headed home so Keith could work the next day… Sad smile


  1. Wow!!!! Was there any Red Bull involved during those 3500 miles??? Just askin 'cause a few years back we drove almost 2000 miles, 2 drivers, a whole lot of Red Bull and no sleep.😊

    1. hahaha! No Red Bull & not even any Java Monster... Did I mention Rudy's has a decent coffee? No? ;)

  2. Nope. But I've tasted it, and it is good. Oh, and to clarify the Red Bull was consumed by our then 18 and 15 year old sons.(I cant stand the stuff.) Coffee is all I ever need.
    My oldest son was the other driver, but his younger brother drank the Red Bull as well so he could be awake the whole trip. My husband had left the day before so he could get to Mexico right away as his mom had been hospitalized for a brain bleed. That's why the need to get there asap for the rest of us, and that's why we had only two drivers on that trip.


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