My parents are really cheap. Sometimes for our "vacations", we all travel with my dad on one of his business trips. I remember a previous summer where we "vacationed" in Huntsville, AL. There was not much to do. My dad worked the whole time. I went swimming, shopping, and hung out in the hotel room a lot. There was a concert taking place on the grounds outside of our hotel one night, but my parents did not want to go out and they would not let me go alone. Luckily, I could hear the music (it was really loud) and I could see the bands from my patio.
This year, my dad's company sent him to Denver, CO. I was not thrilled at first, but my parents promised me that we would have a good time. I got to thinking, I'm a little older now, so maybe I'll have more freedom and be able to do more things than in the past. While waiting on our flight at the airport, I started to feel excited.
I didn't bring my camera with me on the trip, but I took a lot of photos with my cell phone. They are not my best photos.
Our room in Denver was really nice. It was like a little apartment.
It had a living area and a full kitchen.
I had my own bedroom.
On our first night there, we went to the mall. They have an American Girl store! I wanted to go in, but my dad didn't want to. "You're not going to buy one of those dolls, so why do you want to go there?" I told him that I just wanted to see a huge store full of dolls. I just had to look at them through the window, though, because we did not stop there. I asked "When are we going to do something that I will enjoy???" My parents told me that they had a surprise for me.
My parents told me that they were taking me to the Breckenridge Fun Park. They said that there is a rollercoaster that goes down the side of a mountain! And Segway tours! And a SuperBungee Trampoline! And a bunch of other fun stuff! Ok, this has the potential to be the BEST VACATION EVER!
It was a long car ride from Denver to Breckenridge. We made a quick stop in Idaho Springs.
It was such a beautiful day, and the views were spectacular!
We finally arrived in Breckenridge, and it was breathtakingly beautiful!
My dad had started feeling sick in the car on the way there. We stopped for lunch, and he was so out of breath just walking into the restaurant. We thought he would be fine after he had something to eat, but he just kept feeling worse. We tried walking around a bit and he started to feel faint. Luckily, there was an oxygen bar nearby.
After talking with the workers there, my dad got the maximum amount of oxygen - 45 minutes. While he did that, me and my mom went shopping in Breckenridge.
There were so many little shops within walking distance, and beautiful scenery all around.
The weather was wonderful. The high was 72 that day. I talked to some other girls my age, and they told me that they had just come back from the fun park. They said that there was still a little snow up there. Snow in the summertime? I couldn't wait to see! They said that we would have to ride gondolas up to the peak. I couldn't wait!
After about an hour, me and my mom met my dad back at the oxygen bar. My dad told me that he was sorry, but we had to leave. He just was not getting enough oxygen, and he felt sick. He said that we would have to go back to Denver right away. WHAT? BOOOOOOO!
I mean don't get me wrong, I felt bad that my dad was sick. I could tell that he really did not feel well, but this was the thing that I was looking forward to the most. We spent all that time driving here just for this. I was just really disappointed, and I had a hard time hiding it.
All the way back to the car, I kept asking questions. "Can't Dad just stay at the oxygen bar while we go to the fun park?" "Can you just leave me here and I'll go to the fun park alone, and Mom can drive Dad back to Denver and pick me up later?" "Can't Dad just drive back to Denver alone, and Mom can rent a car and drive us back to Denver after we go to the fun park?" These sounded like reasonable questions to me. Every question I asked, I was told "No!" I was so disgusted.
My mom drove us back to Denver. So I knew it had to be really bad, because my dad always drives when the 2 of them are in a car together. As we were driving away, I said "I don't see why we ALL have to suffer just because Dad is sick!" My mother pulled the car over and turned around and looked at me and said "Calista Clementine Knight, shut.your.mouth.right.now!" Well, I still had stuff to say! I said "But..." and my mom said "Not another word!" The way that she looked at me when she said it, I knew that I would be in big trouble if I kept talking. I plugged my earbuds into my phone and listened to music all the way back to Denver.
The next day, on the way to the airport, we stopped by my Dad's job. You can see the mountains from there. If I had an office with this view, I would spend my days gazing at the mountains.
Then it was off to the airport, where we rode the train to our terminal.
I'm still a little disappointed that my trip did not go exactly the way that I wanted it to, but I'm appreciative of the things that I did get to do and see. I had never been to Denver or Breckenridge, so it was all new to me. I feel bad that I made my dad feel worse than he already did about not being able to take me to the fun park as planned. I know that it wasn't his fault that he got sick. He was so apologetic and he told me that he would make it up to me one of these days.