Graduation Weekend, Part 2

Alright… so here is the rest of the story: Graduation weekend was amazing. I got to see my family and graduate with my best friend by my side (and Bekah, my favorite/best cousin/friend in my heart). I even got to take the family to Horsetooth before the 7pm graduation.


Yes, a big but appeared in the middle of this epic weekend.

First, I got a text in the middle of the graduation ceremony informing me that I no longer had a job. Irony at it’s best. Second, my mom was hospitalized for severe stomach pain and had to have her appendix removed in Rocky Mountain Regional Hospital. So I got my wish for my family to stay longer, but not quite in the fashion I had hoped.

While my mom underwent the knife, all of us kids left with my aunt and uncle to Estes for the day to relieve some stress and to avoid causing the nurses of RMRH to ignore their Hippocratic oath. I felt a bit uneasy about leaving my mom, but she assured us she didn’t want us sitting waiting on her, so off to Rocky Mountain National Park we went.

And we ended our day with a tour of the famous Stanley Hotel where Steven King penned The Shining while enjoying a stay in the mountains.

The day may have made some of us loopy-er than others…

But no fear, we didn’t leave Mom completely in the dark. When we made it back to the hospital to visit her post-appendectomy, she was thrilled to see the evidence of a day spent outside the confines of the hospital walls.

The weekend may have been flawed, but it wasn’t bad. Mom made it safely back to Missouri and is recuperating (though without the help of pain meds–yuck!)

And hey, if I hadn’t lost my job, I would have never been able to embark on this next adventure: Road Trip West 2010.

More on that later.


24 May 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . colorado, Family, Hiking/Backpacking, travel. Leave a comment.