Monday, February 2, 2015

The redneck weekend!

Many of you have asked me how my salty soul survives the harsh Colorado Winters?

Well, first, Colorado winters are not really that harsh. We hit 70  a few days ago... Not bad considering Key West was only 68 that day.

Secondly, you take your escapes as you can. The most Important point I can make is that not all escapes need to involve airplanes and rental cars, beaches or islands.

With both kids full swing into Basketball, we have been running many different directions at once lately.

After late night basketball practice on Thursday, followed by birthday dinner for my daughter, then basketball camp and 3 basketball games on Friday, one blown tire (that took till LATE to fix) followed by early morning games for both kids (30 miles apart) on Saturday and keeping the office and ranch together, I'd say we have been a tad busy of late.

When the opportunity for 36 hours of rest and relaxation presented itself after the second game on Saturday, we did what we always do... Go like hell!

But no beach vacation is planned and we damn sure were not headed to the Super Bowl. So what's a Kahuna to do?

Head home, pack a backpack, grab a few dollars off the desk, book a room online feed cattle, water the cat, check the dogs and head to town!  Less than one hour from no plans to rolling!

Because we live a long way from big cities, a town like Colorado Springs makes a nice getaway, but even if you live in a city, you can just go to the other side of town! The fact is, escapism doesn't take a small plane or Jimmy Buffett's credit card! Although that would be nice!

We took the kids out for dinner at a “sit-down restaurant” and then hit the Holiday Inn for some swimming. Believe it or not, the end of January makes a swimming pool feel a lot like the Beach to a bunch of rednecks.

When the kids realized that we had a microwave in the room, they talked their way into a can of Chef Boyardee and some TV.

I know that people think I'm crazy, but craft beer pairs really well with Junk Food!

Two of my favorites are IPA and Twinkie's and Gueuze with Fruit Pies! But on this night, it was 2014 LaFolie and Spaghetti-Os

With an early start, and two kids that play ball like crazy, you knew dinner and a snack wouldn't last long... Enter the worlds greatest app!

Did you know Dominos delivers right to your motel room, even at 10 p.m.?

Pizza delivery is Another great treat for a country kid who lives 15 miles (one way) from pizza that doesn't come out of the freezer.

Pizza is Italian food, Italian food calls for wine! Wine calls for a cork screw and that brings me to the second most important point of this article.

Always carry a corkscrew... ALWAYS!

I Normally carry two when we travel, but the backpack is my carry on bag and TSA acts like they have a contract with the makers of twist top bottles... Therefor I had no such device. Unfortunately, neither did the front desk, the pizza guy or the convenience store near by.

Cork screws are cheap! Buy a half dozen and stash them randomly in your life. Glove boxes and toiletry bags are prime locations.

Even without a glass of wine, we had a great time and proved that, again, we can entertain ourselves on quite a tight budget and without going too far from home.

We hope you get a chance for some low-cost fun sometime soon. Let us hear about your adventures!

Have a great week everyone...


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