A few years ago, Stephen and I were planning a trip to Colorado. Neither of us had ever been there and we both really, really wanted to go. Lo and behold, my sister, who lived in Colorado, would be leaving the country for a few months, leaving an empty apartment and lonely Volvo in Denver.
Although it would have been more fun to explore Colorado with my sister, it was the perfect time of year to go, so we starting looking for the best deal on flights, mapping out an itinerary, and researching places to hike and camp.
During this planning process, one morning, I woke up suddenly at 4am and I knew I was pregnant. I had dreamt that I was pregnant and so therefore, was convinced. It turned out I was right, although I couldn't confirm it until that night. I kept my little secret for the day, wanting to enjoy the excitement on my own for a bit, and think up the perfect way to tell my husband.
The thought also entered my mind that if I told him I was pregnant (surprise!), he may want to postpone the Colorado adventure. I booked our tickets that day.
That night, when he got home I told him the news and showed him the positive pregnancy test. He was overwhelmed with happiness.
And then we went to Colorado and had the most amazing time. We explored, camped, hiked. Since I was about 4 months pregnant and we were at high elevations, we did hike a little slower than usual, but I slept in a tent, while wild animals serenaded us to sleep. I peed in the dessert, because really, what alternative was there for a pregnant lady road tripping through the dessert? I hurled more than once out of my sister's Volvo (sorry sis!). We found bliss though and bonded over our excitement about becoming parents, and the amazing sights we were seeing around Colorado.
It felt like our own little fairy tale. Happily ever after. Of course we did have to fly back home, and back to reality, but it was one of the most lovely escapes we have ever taken together, just the 2 of us. It was good for us too, to choose adventure over savings, and to have it pay off in leaps and bounds.
Have you ever been to Colorado? My sister still lives there and we want to visit her in her new town, and to take L., but it will be at least another year before we can make it a reality. Unless one of us gets a new job offer, perhaps!
If you love Colorado as much as I do, consider purchasing this special Colorado Love Flood Relief sticker that is not only cute and holds up well on your car, but 100% of the sales will go to support Coloradans affected by the 2013 flooding. Plus, it goes well with a Suby (#SubaruLove)!