Colorado Road Trip | Part 2 | 1,500 Miles with a 5 Month Old
So as you guys know from last week’s post, we went on our first road trip last weekend! I joined my mother in law, Staci, and my future sister-in-law’s mom, Gay, on a road trip to Denver for a bridal fair and other wedding planning fun.
If I’m being honest, I hadn’t really planned on going until the week of the trip and even then I was really unsure about it. I had anxiety about packing and was sad that we would be away from Jesse all weekend after he had been out of state for work the week before we left. Above all, I can barley last a couple of hours in the car, let alone 8, how the heck was my 5 month old baby going to handle it??
Well, it turns out that (like most parenting milestones) he handled it a lot better than I did.
We left Friday afternoon at about 3 o’clock which made our ETA in Broomfield Colorado, where Levi and Kendra live, about 10pm (Colorado time).
After about 30 minutes on the road we started seeing signs for upcoming towns that we shouldn’t even be close to. Staci realized that she forgot to turn on the navigation and we had missed a turn which put us about an hour out of the way.
It was actually pretty funny!
We laughed it off and kept going. (What were we going to do turn around and try again the next day?)
Kreed woke up about 3 hrs into the trip and we pulled off thinking that we would have a bathroom break and let him eat. Well the ‘gas station’ we saw from the highway was actually a boat marina that looked like it could be in a horror film. We stopped anyway and let Kreed eat and “stretch his legs”, as Jesse calls it.
A few hours and two pit stops later I got a text from Kendra asking where we were. Apparently we should’ve been getting to Broomsfield any minute and to my knowledge we were still a ways away.
It turns out that our pilot got caught up chatting and was going about 65 in a 75. Jesus Take the Wheel. I love her to death but if she were an Uber driver she certainly wouldn’t be getting five stars. (Totally joking; I’m really thankful that she drove because I wouldn’t have wanted to!)
Finally we arrived in Broomfield and Levi and Kendra met us at our hotel which just so happened to be right across the road from their apartment complex! (Convenience over everything.) We talked for a while and then everyone went their separate ways to get some sleep.
The next morning we had a 7 o’clock meet up for breakfast and headed off to the first venue of the day which was about 45 minutes away.
It was beautiful.
We went through the tour (by ourselves because the owner of the ranch didn’t show up until an hour later. Rude.) and then headed back to Denver weighing the pros and cons of this location.
Next on the agenda was a dress fitting at a boutique in Denver. We had some time to kill and a sleeping baby so we walked the streets and went through a few antique shops and grabbed some (AMAZING) pizza near the shop.
After the fitting we headed to our second and last venue tour. It was located in Keystone, about an hour and a half away.
The scenery didn’t suck that’s for sure!
We arrived in Keystone and a triathlon that was taking place caused us to go on a wild goose chase trying to get to the base of the mountain where the venue was located. After a u-turn, driving our Tahoe on a bike path, and some sketchy directions from a local police officer, we found the parking lot that we were looking for and headed up the mountain on a lift.
This was my first time on a lift and it had my stomach turning but Kreed seemed to be loving it so my nausea was easily ignored.
We got to the top of the mountain and headed into the lodge. There aren’t words good enough to describe this place. Imagine what you see on Pinterest and then amplify that by 10.
The views were breathtaking.
We headed back to Broomfield and grabbed dinner at a restaurant called C.B. and Pots. It was delicious!
The long day had us all exhausted and quick to go to bed.
I want to take a moment to give a shout out to Kreed. We put him through a lot of traveling, elevation changes, and sporadic nap times and he was a complete angel all day. Minimal crying. No meltdowns. This momma was proud.
The next morning we grabbed some breakfast and did a little damage at Target (of course) before heading to the Denver Convention Center for the bridal expo. We met with several photographers and florists and got a good idea of what we needed for the wedding.
Kreed fell asleep in my arms (which is a rarity for him anymore) and snoozed the majority of the show.
Talk about a full heart.
After the show we went to Boulder, which is just North of Kendra and Levi’s apartment. We did some shopping and grabbed dinner on Pearl Street. It was definitely a culture shock! There were street performers and even a couple of crack heads (but really).
It was another long (fun) day and ended it with some ice cream and a Colorado sunset.
The next morning we woke up, packed, ate breakfast, and headed for home.
Let me tell you something that I’m sure you all can relate to; even with our detour and slow driving, the drive home seemed to take much longer than the drive there. I was missing Jesse and my fur-babies and was ready for a good night’s sleep!
While the trip was long and exhausting, it was so fun and I’m so glad that Kreed and I were able to experience it! We are grateful that we got to spend some quality time with Levi and Kendra and help with their wedding planning! We can’t wait to go back soon!
An update on my packing success (or failure depending on how you look at it):
I ended up with several clothing items that Kreed didn’t need and only went through about half of the diapers that I took. I did, however, find huge success by using an app on my phone for a sound machine replacement and am so glad that I took a good variety of toys! We used the iPad for Mickey Mouse on the way home when Kreed was at his limit in the car seat and that was a huge hit!
I am so proud to say that I successfully made it through my first road trip with a baby!! It was a daunting thought beforehand and I’m so proud of myself, and Kreed, for doing so well!
Do you have any fun road trip stories? Share them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them!