Last month Ryan and I celebrated our one year anniversary by taking a little weekend trip to Vail. I'd never been to Vail and we were absolutely craving the mountains. Ideally we would have loved to go back to Jackson Hole where we got married, but that's quite a trip and hard to do with only a few days. Colorado is much closer, easier and still gorgeous. They've got mountains there too, so we were fine!
We left STL on a Thursday afternoon and got into Denver a little behind schedule due to a storm in the area. We had plans to meet up with Ann (Alice's sister) and her husband Ed for drinks before dinner and we were cutting it close on time. Upon arrival we immediately went to the rental car place to pick up our SUV, only to find out that Priceline had booked us on June 8th instead of July 8th. And they had no more cars available...the couple in front of us got the last one. Needless to say, we were furious. We'd already paid for the rental car and knew there was some mistake - we would never have rented a car from a Tuesday though Friday in June. Did not make sense. Of course, we couldn't get anyone from Priceline on the phone and there was nothing the rental car place could do except look upon us with pity. We were screwed. I was in shock. I'd never had a problem with Priceline before and was so disappointed. Plus, I booked the whole trip through Priceline and was now terrified that our reservations for the entire weekend were screwed up. Cue tears and a panic attack.
Luckily my husband is not a drama queen like me and has an uncanny ability to completely ignore my irrational behavior and figures out what to do. We're miles from the airport on Rental Car Row, so naturally, we begin dragging our luggage (and there was a LOT - we do not pack light) half a mile down the highway to the next rental car place, Hertz. We reach the counter out of breath and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Cue the choirs of angels - they had a car available! They were so nice and helpful and felt so horrible for us they gave us an upgrade to to a nice SUV. They even beat the price I got on Priceline. Thank you HERTZ! I'll be using you exclusively from now on.
Finally, we were on the road to our hotel. Stuck in traffic. Seriously...what else could go wrong? Was the whole weekend going to be like this?! Urgh!!
Ryan and I had a dinner reservation at Rioja that evening for our romantic anniversary celebration dinner. We reluctantly left Ann and Ed to make our reservation next door, only to find out that we both wished we would have asked them to join us! Ann, we have to do it again sometime soon! With dinner this time.
Stay tuned for more posts on fishing, hiking, dining, etc...
Have any of you been to Vail?