Monday, March 12, 2007

Sam & Matt's Wedding

We're back and still pregnant. (Whew!)

We had a great time in Colorado. The flight there was uneventful, except that I forgot how easily motion sick I get. Takeoff and landing were not much fun. We flew into the tiny, podunky airport in Loveland. At the rental car counter, we saw some interesting flyers for stuff down in Boulder. Since we weren't essential for the wedding preparations and dinner was going to be served for hours, we went. We visited a small winery (ok), toured the Celestial Seasonings factory, and sampled at a meadery (where they make honey wine.) The tea factory smelled fantastic and they had a prairie dog town out front. We drove up to the Estes Park, CO YMCA park where the wedding was going to be held at a huge 8 bedroom cabin. On the way we saw a small herd of deer and two elk. The park was in the mountains and there was still some snow on the ground. Most people stayed up late talking and hanging out, but I was done in by 10. It was lightly snowing when I got up at 5. I watched it for a while since it would probably be finished by the time most everyone woke up.

Saturday morning, Curtis went for a jog at 8000 ft, then we both went over to the pool. He swam some lazy laps and I did exercises. From the cabin windows, we saw a herd of elk and a some pheasants. In the afternoon, before the ceremony, we gathered up a couple of other people and went into town. We went to the Estes Park Brewery that advertised free samples. They had some pretty good beers. Then we persuaded everyone else that we needed to stop at Dick's Rock Museum. It was our kind of rock shop, with bins of interesting rocks priced per pound. We got back in time to change clothes for the ceremony. The light snow, instead of stopping, had gotten heavier and continued throughout the day, so the ceremony was moved inside. It was nice and Sam looked beautiful in her dress. The food for the reception was almost all homemade and good. Everyone kept eating and returning for seconds. I started to feel sick from all the food and took a nap. Conversation lasted late into the night.

Sunday morning was more eating, though Curtis went for a short jog (it was pretty icy) and ran through another small group of elk. Curtis and I decided to get an early start for the airport and see if we could find more fun things to do around Loveland. We stopped at another winery, drank the famous local cherry cider, and went on the tour of the local Anheuser-Busch brewery. We skipped out on the sampling part to make it to the airport on time. The flight back was fine except for the landing, which was my worst ever. I wanted to throw up and die. I don't ever want to do that again. After retrieving our car, we went to the Silverton's buffet for dinner and then home to sleep in our own bed and to pet that cat.

Monday, there was no school for "Founder's Day," so Curtis played Final Fantasy XII all day and I rested. It's so nice to have a recovery day after travel.

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