We had the longest holiday vacation we’ve ever had in all our years on the road and living in Portland.

We decided sort of last minute, which is our way, to go to Durango Colorado. It’s right at the southern most tip of the Rocky Mountains and since we have been missing Colorado since last winter, we were looking forward to some cold mountain town fun.

We stayed at the Residence Inn Mariott, one of the nicer places in town and the only one that seemed to be ok with us bringing our cat (she goes everywhere with us naturally). The room was awesome. Full kitchen, bedroom, living room, large HD TV and only a mile from town. We brought our own groceries to save money, a huge and awesome bread maker sent to us by Ross’s (that’s my boyfriend) mom for Christmas and all other presents, one of which was a google TV box that I got for our media and music managing.

Christmas Blood BathRoss also gave me the best bathroom set imaginable for a horror fan, a shower curtain, towel and body wash in the theme of murder and mayhem. The shower curtain features two bloody hand prints with blood streaking down from them and although I have seen the curtain online before, seeing it in person is much different. It’s a quality polyester and the imagery is truly creepy.

My towel has bloody hand prints and splatters and my body wash, possibly the best of the bunch, is a blood transfusion bag, O – very rare and very awesome. It’s cherry scented and refillable!

We had only general plans when we arrived on Christmas eve. We hung out at the hotel then headed downtown to see what was going on for Christmas  Surprisingly, nothing at all was going on except for a really crowded Starbucks and one Himalayan restaurant.

We took a drive north over a couple passes through the mountains and found that Molas pass was full of people sledding and taking in the awesome view. The wind was biting cold and we were grossly under dressed so we didn’t hang out too long that time. We drove on to the tiny Mining town of Silverton, which was also completely abandoned but made for even better views of all the cool old buildings.

Over the next few days we went on some more great road trips in the area to Navajo Lake New Mexico, skiing at Telluride Colorado, and snowmobiling at Molas Pass with the Ice Pirates and had an awesome time. It was the first vacation either of us have had in years and much needed but I’m also glad for the new  year and a chance to get back to work!


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