ROAD TRIP VACATION PART TWO – THE BLUR
The trip has come and gone and it was AMAZING! It’s a vacation, what is there to say, except AHHHHHH!!!!!
If you recall, I had a high school reunion, and I really really really wanted to be able to go.
Well, I go’ed! It happened! And it was a whirlwind! Between the hither and yon, and GPS antics, I truly didn’t know where I was half the time! It’s okay, though, I wasn’t driving!
Pre-trip started with a text that my plane and therefore my departing flight was delayed. So much so that I would not make my connecting flight… uhhh…
Yeah, so, re-route, and I flew out early Wednesday morning instead. Which actually worked better in the long run. (despite the ridiculous departure time!!)
Almost forgot to mention the wheel chair assistance through the big airports—Chicago, Denver both coming in and leaving, and Houston! I felt a tad self-conscious but Knewbie Knee isn’t stable enough yet to hustle from gate to gate! zoom zoom
It was quite the busy day! Crazy Jeep Girl, aka Melinda, met me at the airport and took me to her house for lunch. The mini hike that was planned got ditched due to mosquito invasion. I met my friends at Starbucks instead. Then I was transferred—I felt like a piece of luggage by this point!—to my host, Stephen, in the very pretty town of Lafayette.
Hostess Denise, took me to meet up with long-time friend, Dana, and we visited the Denver Botanic Gardens. This is where the blur comes in—GPS and wild goose chases! Didn’t matter to me, though, I was with friends and I was having a ball!
Met another long-time friend, Stephanie, for lunch at Chili’s. Then came the first event of the reunion. I failed to get pics, and I’m not really sure why! But seeing so many faces of so many friends from (ahem) so long ago was a blast!
Saturday was the event I was waiting for—the tour of the school! It has changed but not so much it destroyed my memories. Except for my stage! Yes, I said my stage! It’s gone! There’s a mural there now. They built a new theatre though so that’s okay. The tour was followed by a catered BBQ picnic.
Sunday was the final reunion event, a delicious brunch. I remembered to get pics this time! We drove through the old ‘hood after, and up Peoria and Colfax! All’s I can say is wow!
Monday was laid back, packing, and a visit from long-time friend, Janet. I love how so many friends came to where I was so we could spend some time together!
Alas, again with the pics! How I wanted some stunning shots of the mountains, but we were always on the go. Got some pretty sunset shots, though, on my final night in town.
Then came the flight home! Caught the sun as it was coming up. I took 90 pics total from the plane—window seats on both flights.
I made some new friends, and connected with a few dear friends from years gone by. Happy memories were made, and connections reestablished.
Funniest thing of the whole trip—all the seafood! I fly 1400 miles from a coastal state to land-locked Colorado, and have seafood for five of my six meals, four of them shrimp!! Go figure! I had shrimp: alfredo, quesadilla, scampi, and stir fry! And calamari Friday night as my appetizer! Oh, and fried catfish!
This trip was a dream-come-true, a gift from Father God. Literally everything was given to me, from the ticket to spending money. I am in awe.
What are your heart dreams? What has Father put in your heart? What’s your vision?
“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
Tessa and Clara Bess, books 1 and 2 in her unsavory heritage series, are both available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. The third book in the series, Cissy, will be available in September, 2016. Ms. Mason also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She will also be working on a personal anthology of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.
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