I royally suck, considering it has been over 2 months without me posting any of this, after I swore that I would.
After my 18th birthday, Michelle and I decided to take a short trip up to Colorado. Mainly to decorate with her parents for , but while we were there we decided to surprise people while we were there.
It didn’t really go as planned.
I explained to everyone that we were going to Colorado, and that I’m going to vlog about it. However, I am extremely camera shy and hated feeling as if I was talking to myself. I ended up being too embarrassed to “vlog.” I did, instead, take many videos that I could compile in one.
I hope you enjoy me screwing up this “vlogging” and horrible camera angles. At least I tried, right?
Michelle picked me up early that morning, and we drove out to Little Elm, where her parents had been staying for the Thanksgiving holiday. When we got there, we moved over our things, hopped into her father’s truck and were on the road for the 12 hour trek to Woodland Park.
About 2 hours later, we stopped in Collinsville, an incredibly quaint town where some of Michelle’s family lives, to visit with them for a while.
Her family is loud and lovely, and if I could, I would sit in their kitchen drinking coffee with them every second of every day.
As you can tell, Michelle is much more aquainted with the camera than me.
I’ve been on many a road trip with the Hilson family, and each time Michelle and I have the same assortment of road snacks and accessories. Without them, the 12 hour ride wouldn’t be as tolerable.
- Chex mix (cheesy flavor, or original for me.)
- Chips, flavor depending on our moods.
- Drinks, also depending on moods.
- Blankets for naps.
- Books, depending on moods.
- Dramamine, because both Michelle and I get car sick.
- Tunes. Disney, alternative, screamo, sad music, rap, anything in between.
After waving goodbye and climbing back into the truck, we jetted off again.
Before leaving Texas, we stop at a steakhouse that was quite sketchy to say the least. But it wasn’t…all…bad!
After that, it was pretty dark, so I didn’t get many videos. We ended up arriving in Colorado super late that night. Michelle’s pets were there to greet us. Let me tell you, when you see a dog for the first time in a really long time, it is probably the best greeting in the world, no matter how tired you possibly are.
Michelle is exhausted if you can’t tell.
The next day, we were sick. Really sick. I felt so horrible, I didn’t take any videos. I barely got up, honestly.
After a humidifier and some medicine, I woke up the day afterwards with some more pep in my step.
The Hilson family has had a tradition for Christmastime since before they moved to Colorado. They all go as a family and cut down a Christmas tree. I never had the pleasure of tagging along, but this time I did! It was freezing up on Rampart Range. I don’t know how anyone could possibly camp up there, let alone walk two steps.
It was about 45 minutes of hiking. By hiking, I mean losing Ric and Michelle and debating on whether or not I should pee in a bush. Tresa and I eventually found Michelle, but Ric was still nowhere to be found, so we just kind of stood there and waited for him.
I was completely turned around in this forest. For the record, I am not an outdoorsy person under any circumstances. My feet were soaked and my nose was running. How do the people of Colorado do this?!
We found Ric, and most importantly, we found a tree. Now, this tree wasn’t the best tree on earth. It was skimpy, and sort of oddly fluffed. I’m one for taking a liking to things that don’t blend in, which is why I believe I loved this tree.
Michelle insisted that she cut it down by herself.
We traveled down the pass to the Springs, and shopped for decorations at Home Depot. Keep in mind how I said I was nothing short of a horrible cameraman, so excuse the awful movement.
(This video makes me laugh hard at Michelle’s face)
We decorated the tree when we got home, to the point that the tree looked as if it was glittering before our eyes.
At this point, I was pretty sad because our time was running short and I hadn’t seen anyone I was planning on seeing. However, after someone informed me of a choir concert happening that next evening, my hopes were once again high considering everyone participates in choir in Woodland Park. It was as if the universe was looking out for me!
These videos I actually talked to the camera, though I felt insane or something.
This video is literally 2 seconds long because my phone glitched out as I was walking over. But in case you can’t tell, that’s our friend John. It would have been a video of him saying “What are you doing here!?” He was completely thrown off.
(Excuse the shotty camera viewings. What a nice floor Woodland Park High School has.)
It was amazing. Seriously. If you ever want to meet incredible people, just go to Woodland Park.
Afterwards, we thought that people were going to change so we awkwardly stood out in the lobby. Then, we realized they were leaving so I turned into a chicken with its head cut off trying to say goodbye.
“Hey do you know where John went?”
“Is Noelle back there?”
“If Noelle is back there, will you tell her we are leaving?”
*messages Savanna 10 times to find her.*
*calls Noelle a zillion times.*
“Did you see where Amanda went?”
It was totally a spur of the moment decision, hence why it was difficult to find anyone. In retrospect, we could have just told people we were there instead of trying to surprise them. But come on, that video is the best.
We later found Noelle in the parking lot about to leave, so we did get to say goodbye to her!
Afterwards, our friend Olivia invited us to come stay with her that night, and she would drive us to the airport in the morning. It was bittersweet going back to Texas, as I missed my bed, but hated being away from people who meant a lot to me. Tresa and Ric are always the hardest goodbyes.
Liv most definitely cried.
We did reach a slight issue as we were getting ready to walk through airport security, though.
I once read that dermal piercing make security beepers go off, so I was definitely on edge. I also realized while waiting in line that my keys have a small thing of pepper spray on them, and wasn’t sure if it was considered a weapon. (Though it was on the list of what not to bring.)
After our flight, we went into our work and ate fried pickles.
Needless to say, we definitely enjoyed our trip.
In conclusion, however, I think I will just stick with my blog and my words, rather than my face and a camera.
Maybe I should also take a photography class?
Until next time,