Four Traits that Make Us Good Travelers

1. We don’t let a little rain (or snow) on our parade ruin the day.
While in Denver for the birthday celebration, we had free time on Friday, so we decided to head to Red Rocks, on the outskirts of town. It wasn’t a particularly nice day–overcast with a few flurries though the sun would break through brilliantly every now and then. However, once we got there, it was looking decent, so we decided to do a 1.5 mile hike. We weren’t wearing hiking clothes, nor did we have winter coats on us, but what we had was suitable for a short hike in cold but okay weather. Unfortunately decent turned to blizzard a few tenths of a mile into the hike. We could have turned around, but we didn’t. There were cool things to see…gorgeous rock formations, lots of mule deer, and interesting plants. So we forged ahead, laughing at the total ridiculousness of the situation but in general enjoying ourselves…even though Jeff ended up with a hat of snow by the time we finished. (At which point, the sun promptly came out and the snow disappeared.)

2. We have an uncanny ability to entertain ourselves.
One thing you’re unlikely to hear from either of our mouths is “I’m bored.” (Unless I’m lying on the beach.) If we’re not busy with a specific activity, we always find some way to be engaged and/or amused, whether it be discussing things we have read or heard or capturing our very best sides on camera.

3. We get lucky more often than not.
We’re still waiting to win the lottery, so I guess we’re not the luckiest people out there, but we do seem to have luck on our side most of the time. Like when we managed to outrun the bus and make it aboard so that we could get to the Metro before it closed down for the night. Or the time we showed up at a sold-out Paul Simon concert without a ticket and were given two for free. Or the time the guy at the Phillies game handed us free tickets for seats 10 rows behind home plate. Or the time…

4. We have a knack for meeting *interesting* people.
Though I consider myself a fairly reserved person, I must look like a very open person, or else someone has pinned a “Please talk to me” sign to my back, and I haven’t figured it out. When I worked in Dupont Circle and ate my lunch in the park every day, I met everyone. I met the first black Grandmaster of chess. I met a really interesting musician named Raccoon who gave me his CD with the awesome song “Sandwiches” on it. And obviously, best of all, I met the Lord, at least that’s who he said he was, and really, who am I to disagree?

8 Replies to “Four Traits that Make Us Good Travelers”

  1. Sorry Greg, you aren’t first. Unless of course your are posting right now and I will soon find out I was wrong.

    Sounds like you all are cut out for ignoring the real world for another year. Ha, but I never doubted you Theresa.

  2. I was driving up to Denver Friday evening and drove through that snowstorm–I can’t believe you were hiking in it! The rest of the weekend was pretty nice though. By the way, I like the way you captured your hair movement in that picture… if it weren’t a hotel hallway it could be an advertisement for shampoo 🙂

  3. Laura- I was just going to say that about the hair!!!

    Ok, and so yea, your luck is sickening!!!! I’ve NEVER been handed free tickets to anything! But yea, that will definitely make the trip more interesting.

  4. Because of a clerical error, some Bats employee sold me tickets for this Friday’s game instead of last Friday’s(home opener). The error was left unnoticed until we(three of us) tried to us the tickets(at three separate times and gates). While debating with one of the others on how to handle the situation, a passer-by offered us three tickets right behind the 3rd base dugout(home plate end), in exchange for 2 beers. Although there was the added cost of the 2 beers, the deal was better than dealing with the headache of attempting to find a solution with the Bats. The guy even gave me his business card and told me to call if I am interested in the tickets on other dates, as they often go unused.

    On a related note, if anyone in Louisville wants three front-row, outfield tickets for this Friday’s game, well I’ve got just what you are looking for. And they are free. FREE! ($21 total value).

  5. Hey Matthew! I think count me in on those tickets for Friday!

    Theresa and Jeff – I do hope that you all get to meet some interesting people. Although I’m not sure if you can top the Lord!

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