Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vacation: Family, Friends, and Contest Winners

Well, you may have noticed that I've been posting about our upcoming vacation and a contest. That contest has closed and we have two winners! Congratulations Aubrey and Ben! Aubrey came in with 8 correct guesses and Ben had 3 correct. Our two winners will now be mailed a prize in the next few weeks!

Day #1: We embarked on our two week vacation last Thursday and our first stop was good ol' Fargo, ND! Our day consisted of the Air Museum, BWW, a Redhawks game, Space Aliens, and The Fiddler on the Roof.

Day #2: Jamestown was the site of our next adventure. Time spent with family is always nice. But when we have the opportunity to spend time with our niece and nephew, we capitalize on that. Since hubs and I didn't see much of the am hours, our afternoon was packed. Canoeing has to happen when Grandpa and Grandma have a river in their backyard. And if that's not enough water time, the local outdoor pool is always a good option. Fortunately Aunt Kelly is the reigning cannonball champion! And after dinner, a nap, and a drive, we ended our day with the gun range and the DQ

Day #3: After a quick visit to see hubs' grandma, we left for Fosston (home of Cordwood Pete). A cousin was tying the knot and we were asked to be the host and we celebrated with them. It's such a blessing to be able to visit family and to celebrate with them. I think all of my cousins and aunts and uncles were able to make it to the wedding. How fabulous is that? Just being able to support, love, and be with each other is truly a blessing. 

Day #4: Despite our attempts to leave as early as possible (8am), we didn't end up hitting the road until somewhere around 9:30 or 10:00. Oops! So, we popped in our book on CD and left for Sioux Falls, SD. A dear friend of mine lives there and I have missed her dearly. I think it's been almost 3 years since we've seen each other?! Yikes! And her sweet little girl was able to join us for coffee. One hour doesn't suffice when catching up with a friend, but our chat was good for my spirit. I have missed her laughs, her mannerisms, and her sweet heart. 
We did need to keep trucking, so off we went. We finished our trek to Lincoln, NE and met our hosts for the evening. If you have not used or heard of Airbnb, you should check it out! People rent out rooms, couches, guest houses, etc in their homes to others traveling through the area. It's usually pretty reasonable for prices and you get to meet some really great people too! If you're ever in Lincoln and need a place to stay, look up Nicole on Airbnb. She's great!

Day #5: Another long day of driving was ahead of us. Quite a few hours separated us from our next destination: Denver, CO (area). To make a long day of traveling short and sweet...we made a detour in 
Lincoln and then hit the road. 

After supper with a friend in Denver, we spent some down time with family. What we did on day #6, is yet to come. Stay tuned. 

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