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Mountain Vacation Travel Tips

Now that I've shared just about every aspect of our vacation out west to you all, I thought I would share some tips I picked up along the way.

Colorado Vacation Travel Tips

Drink plenty of water.

Scott warned me about this, and it turned out to not be a problem.  I don't drink a lot of water, but I found out there I was craving it, it was so dry.  Scott wound up with a headache a time or two, and it was due to lack of hydration.

Face cream = necessary.  

Along the lines of drinking plenty of water.  Lather your face up with face cream at night.  And in the morning, even better when it has SPF in it!

Print out directions, or have a GPS.

There were many, many spots along the way where we had no cell service with AT&T.  I've heard that Verizon comes in better, but it may not be terrible to have a GPS.  Especially if you're hiking.  Or driving around aimlessly like we do.

Beehive in Vedauwoo

Know what the green cross is.

Those stores with green crosses on them?  They may not sell what your first thought would be.  When I saw a store named "Native Roots," my first thought was not "oh that's a pot shop."  It wasn't until we passed one named "High Q" that it clicked.  Then I realized the green cross.  Apparently this is how you can tell it's a pot store if you're as naive as me.

Bring a sweatshirt.  

Something we always tease my mother-in-law about telling us, but it's true out here.  The evenings were chilly, and the days gorgeous.  However, if you're hiking a mountain, or driving one, the temperature change can be brutal.  Always have some long sleeves on.

Beware of Animals!

You're pretty much in their world.  Some Colorado towns don't bother with animal crossing signs.  Estes Park just has a few signs placed throughout town that says "watch all roadways for wildlife."

What tips do you have?!


Hurricane Pick up | Weekending

It's been a long weekend of cleaning up, getting things done, and having some fun.

We took a drive around town Friday to check on friends and check out the damage from Hurricane Matthew.

The ocean after the hurricane was quite angry.  We got lucky and didn't get hit as bad as it was forecasted [of course].

Saturday, I was finally starting to feel better so I got a couple projects started.  One was sanding down our lounge chair and prepare it for staining or sealing.  It was not hard work, but we went from hurricane conditions to oppressively hot in no time!

We've been thinking about painting the house for a while.  We figured while we had everything picked up with the hurricane, it'd be a good time to snap a couple pictures and test some paint colors.

I can't decide if I like the brownish color or not.   Or the cream, for that matter!

Saturday night, we ran over to Orlando.  Though our cousin's flight got canceled out of Raleigh, we still had tickets for Garth Brooks!  It worked out that a friend of mine from down here was able to come with us with 45 minutes notice!!

I have to say, it doesn't matter how many times I see him live, I LOVE it!  This is the second show in 8 months!  Even with not so great seats- you can tell by the grainy iPhone picture, I was at a distance!

We didn't get back to Vero until after 1am and I'm just TOO old to stay up that late!!  Tomorrow is back to work, and my friend and husband ganged up on me last night, so I'm now meeting her for a workout after work.  I may not be so excited for that!

I'll leave you with this picture.  Indian River was quite high after Hurricane Matthew; there is a turn off and a boat ramp somewhere under there!

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Surviving Hurricane Matthew

Not really a "Friday Five" post, but I wanted to share a Hurricane Matthew update.  We're in the middle of a hurricane, still!  Yet, I'm blogging.

We live in Vero Beach, which was supposed to get hit pretty hard.  And maybe the barrier island got it worse.  But it's Friday morning, we still have power, and I'm getting things done.  Did I mention that I've also got a cold?  So thankful we have power right now.

This was Thursday afternoon- I swung by the beach after getting my hair done.  Because, priorities.

The Weather Channel and Governor Rick Scott did a good job of freaking everyone out.  Rightly so, because I'm pretty sure if they didn't, no one would have done anything.  But, everything was boarded up on the beach Thursday afternoon, despite the sunny disposition.

About 6pm, things were a little windy but still hadn't hit.  It took us the better part of 2 days to get all those damn shutters up!  Scott says they're going to stay up for months!

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