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Spring Break with Six College Students–Part 3: Ashley’s Birthday
While this post is not specifically concerned with RVing, like the other two I have posted about our recent spring trip, it does focus on enjoying the outdoors, traveling to new and different areas and spending quality time with loved ones and friends. Picking up on our trip with our spring breaking college students, after three days, their skiing plans and passes exhausted, our crew was in search of additional outdoor adventure. The weather had been cold and we had gotten snow during their skiing days, but now it warmed up and snow started to melt. They decided to head south, to the Santa Fe area, to the Tent Rocks Formation. We had attempted to hike this trail the past summer, but were unable access the area due to the wildfire near Santa Fe this past summer. They had no such trouble on this trip and spent a wonderful day hiking, then stopped for dinner in Santa Fe.
Day five, they headed up toward the third ski hill in the area, Taos Ski Valley, but not to ski. Their plan that day was to hike the trail to Williams Lake, which we had done the past summer, in the rain. This day, however, there was so much snow on the trail it was impassable without snowshoes. Given that they had none, they opted for lunch at the Bavarian Chalet in the area and stopped to hike a less snowy trail on the way back down.
They headed out for pizza when they arrived back from that hike, but came home with a delicious chocolate cake to go with the ice cream we had purchased for them to eat on our initial shopping trip. It was Ashley’s 21st birthday and she was going to share it with us. We were thrilled, and quickly located a match to use as a candle for her cake, singing “Happy Birthday” (off-key), then she blew out her candle. We lit a fire in our woodstove and all sat around the fire, enjoying the heat and talking, one last night.
The next morning, we packed up early and headed for our home in Wisconsin by 9 am. The kids headed up into Colorado, for a tent camping trip (with snow on the ground)! I sent an extra fleece along with Ashley for added warmth. They said they were warm enough, then went for a hike in “the Flatirons” the following morning. Afterwards, then connected with an aunt of Ashley’s who fed them before they hit the road to head back to Drake.
We stopped in Des Moines to drop Meghan off, and also to drop Danny’s snowboard, boots and helmet off on his porch as the kids were, again, severely limited for space. I felt very close to all of the kids that had been with us on this trip and, I must admit, I was very relieved when I learned from Ryan that they had all arrived back at school by 2 am the following morning. A terrific end to a wonderful and heartwarming trip that restores my faith in the young people of today.
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