Wednesday, July 14, 2010

our 2nd honeymoon - part two (the one with 23 pictures)

So here we are, day 5 of our trip and loving every minute of it.  Okay... so where did I leave off?  Oh yeah, we were headed to a Cabaret night at a local restaurant...

We made reservations for 7:00 (which is when it opened), and when we arrived, we were the only ones there!  It was a little awkward for the first few songs since they (all 6 of them) were singing directly at us.  We had to do a lot of smiling.  I'm sure it was awkward for them too.  Luckily, after 2 songs, the place started filling up.
This is our waiter.  He was very animated.

Silly me.  I forgot that these restaurants don't have very big portions.  When you order the "Garlic Chicken Skewers" that's exactly what you get.  No rice, veggies or nothin'.  Better savor every little bite of chicken!
(Oh, and sorry these first several pictures are a little blurry.  We had left our camera on a different setting and didn't notice it until it was too late.)

I should've ordered a sandwich like Chad.  At least then you get bread which is more filling.

After taking in the Cabaret (which really was a lot of fun), we did some exploring around Vail.
This is the creek that runs directly behind our resort into Vail.

Posing in front of the dancing fountain.  Which was currently not dancing.

A truly beautiful sunset over the Vail ski slopes.

Chad found a good buddy of his just chillin' on a bench.  Chad teaches physical science, so he and Einstein go waaaaay back.

Monday morning, we got up bright and early and went out to play some tennis.  The courts right next to our resort charge $15/hour!!!  So, being the frugalistas that we are, we found some courts in Avon (about a 10 minute drive) that were free - as they should be!
We hadn't played tennis since before our babies were born - so at least 5 years!!!  It felt good to be back on the courts.  Chad used to coach tennis in Michigan and we both played in high school.

Crazy action shots.

Just look at that ridiculous form.  You can tell it's been awhile...

Chad, on the other hand, didn't loose his perfect form.

After a fun morning of tennis, we had lunch and headed out to Glenwood Springs area to go on a hike up to Hanging Lake, which we heard was fabulous!

However, after our 45 minute drive, we found out that the trail was closed for repairs!  Bummer!
But the trip wasn't all a waste.  We got to drive through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon, which was hands-down the coolest drive we've ever been on!  Pictures really don't do it justice.

Later that afternoon we headed into Lionshead, which is pretty much attached to Vail.

The highlight of our day of course, is getting to talk to our little sweeties.

After exploring Lionshead, we journeyed back to Vail and had dinner at The George.

I love me some King Crab Legs!!!
1 pound of King Crab legs is only $16!  Not bad if you've seen the prices at other restaurants in Vail (more in the $30 range).  So if you're looking for good food at great prices, The George is the way to go.  All entrees are just $16!

Tuesday morning we decided it'd be nice to get some shopping done without the kids.  For their benefit, and also so we could buy some birthday gifts (since birthday season is right around the corner at our house...)  There are some great outlets just 30 minutes from here, so we took advantage of those!

Chad got some much needed work clothes.  And I got some much needed comfy shoes:

These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn!  And I got them for a steal!  Yes, I know they're red, but I'm now declaring that red goes with everything.  Except maybe pink and orange...  So really, I can wear these with nearly every outfit, right?

After a full day of shopping, we attended the free concert at the Ford Amphitheater (almost directly behind our resort).
We saw a great folk-rock band.  They were quite good, and did I mention... FREE?

Then we strolled back into Vail for dinner at Pazzo's Pizzeria - yummy!
This is the beautiful trail behind our resort.

After dinner we caught another free live band.  This time it was bluegrass and we had ourselves a toe-tappin' good time!

Tomorrow is white water rafting.  I'm ready for some thrills and spills!

However, I'm a little worried what this trip is doing to Chad.
He's starting to look like some of the local boys...


This Heavenly Life said...

You are giving me SUCH ideas for a second honeymoon of our own! What a fun trip!

(My husband is a tennis player, too, and though he very patiently helps me with my's never pretty :))

peter marie said...

Fun, Fun, Fun!!! You guys know how to vacation. Explore, shop, and eat good food. Awesome!

Jenn said...

I heart Colorado mountains! Have rafting! Bummer about Hanging Lake. Actually Melissa wanted to go when we were out there in June but she found it was closed, so she went some where else. If you are still looking for a good hike try this site.

Andy and I are working our way through them, well not so much the advanced catagory, but most of them have been fun.

Elizabeth said...

Tennis? You played tennis in high school? I wonder if we ever played each other? Interesting.

I'll kill you now. You, me, chad, troy...couples doubles...its ON. Oh, can Chad please play with me? (Don't tell Troy, but he stinks).

Missing you! Glad you're having a blast. Feels odd that your kids aren't in the pics - but SO HAPPY that you're getting your second chance honeymoon! Keep on having fun. (Accidentally make a baby while you're there). Oops, inappropriate. Sorry.