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Cindy Maddera

On the roadOkay, I promised to blog about the Colorado trip, so here goes. I went with my mom and sister to take my niece to her dad's house in Colorado the week after Christmas. It was basically a drive-up-drive-back kind of trip, though I did get to take in a few sites like the dinosaur tracks and the outlet mall in Castle Rock (Down in Castle Rock!). We've driven past the dino tracks once before, but it was only because we were lost and we didn't stop. I remember driving by and seeing all these people out hiking around and then we turned a corner and there were all these giant footprints headed up the side of the mountain, but we just kept movin' on. Well, this time we stopped and took pictures.

The strangest thing was not seeing prehistoric tracks on the side of a mountain, but the fact that we were able to walk up there without a coat. It was 60 degrees in Denver and no snow! In December! Freaky.

The outlet mall in Castle Rock is the best outlet mall I've ever seen in my life. The only thing I needed were new gym shoes, but I walked away with a new hat and t-shirt from the Gap, wine bottle stoppers, and a purse from the Fossil store (I got it for $8!). Must go back with more money. I stopped going into stores after I bought my shoes because I just couldn't spend any more money and I knew I would if I went into the shops. Every thing was 50-70% off the original tag. The deals were unbelievable.

Creepy showerOn the way home, we spent the night in this really creepy Motel in Raton, New Mexico. The rooms had two double beds (as opposed to queens) and the mattresses were covered in hospital-white plastic, and the "fitted" sheets refused to stay put. At one point in the night I woke up with my face stuck to the plastic mattress and thought I was going to vomit. There was one wall where you could see all four layers of wallpaper pealing away. It was great.

All in all, it was a good bonding trip with my mom and sister. Janell and I don't get to spend much time with each other, so it was nice to go on this trip with her.

I'm sure there's going to be another one just like it (but with more money), because I wasn't the only one smitten with that outlet mall.