Maybe I’m still hypoxic after several days of high-altitude exposure, but the euphoria of our vacation has not left my system! As soon as we stepped out of Houston Hobby Airport, the humidity wrapped its arms around us and gave us a big, sloppy, wet hug. You know the humidity is bad when you’re having more difficulty breathing at 46’ above sea level than you did at 8,200’ up! But, even THAT can’t bring me down! This recap could go on and on, but I’ll try to keep it brief with a quick rundown of our vacation!
We had an early morning, as our flight left for Denver at 7:40. The flight was uneventful, which is always a win when you’re traveling with Maddie the Drama Queen! Causing even more drama was Mike, who decided to grab a car seat from the oversized luggage area without checking the tag, and we didn’t discover it wasn’t our car seat until we were at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ready to leave for Vail! That was a nice hour delay in our day going back to the airport to sort it all out! After that, we hit the road and Maddie immediately starts complaining about being hungry. We looked for a good place to stop, and decided on Idaho Springs. What a cute little town! We ate lunch at Tommy Knockers, and I nearly fainted because the crispy fish tacos were so good! After picking up some groceries at Safeway in town, we got back on the road and finished the beautiful drive to Vail. The Antlers at Vail was our base camp for the trip and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our new home. This resort has condo-style rooms, so it was fully stocked with everything we would need to live (minus the food). The room overlooked Gore Creek and the roar of the water became the soundtrack of our trip. Maddie squealed with delight when I showed her that the kid’s room had a bunk bed. “I’ve always wanted a bunk bed!” :-)
After settling in, we went to check out the Mountain Games. The first stop was the TriggerPoint tent to meet our kind benefactors. They immediately welcomed me with hugs and friendly conversation. What a great group of people! After that, I picked up our VIP swag bag and our athlete bags for the Superfeet 5k Trail Run. Unsurprisingly, Maddie started to get cranky (who can blame her after an early wake-up call?), so we headed back to the resort for the evening.
On our first full day in Vail, we were able to check out more of the Mountain Games scene. We made our first visits to the VIP lounge and the TriggerPoint Athlete Lounge, which did not disappoint!
The weather ended up being MUCH hotter during the daytime than I had expected, which made all the outfits I packed for Maddie completely useless! After dropping $70 on a tank top and skort for Maddie, we headed to Adventure Village. Maddie REALLY wanted to try out the climbing wall. I don’t know if it was the long wait or the sun roasting us, but Maddie quickly wilted when it was her turn to climb. She didn’t make it too far up the wall before she gave up. She wanted to try out kayaking, which was much more successful. She’s a water bug, for sure! After that, we headed back to the resort for some pool time and relaxing before the trail run.
Oh boy! The trail run! One of the hardest things I’ve ever done! As if the 8,200 foot elevation gain from Houston to Vail wasn’t enough, the trail went up a mountain! What made it worse was that I got separated from Mike and Maddie before the run, so I did it alone. I was SO disappointed that we didn’t get to do it together. Mike and I had planned on pushing her in the BOB jogger through the run, but Maddie decided to lighten the load on Mike and do the trail run herself! I couldn’t be more heartbroken that I didn’t get to witness her inner competitor come out and run a really challenging trail!
This day was a lot of fun! Tina gave me the keys to the TriggerPoint Instagram account for the day and I was just a kid in a candy store! I set out from the resort early, before Mike and Maddie got out of bed, so I could walk around, absorb the environment and really enjoy the Mountain Games. There was inspiration all around me, which led to some really fun posts. I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to try out social media on that level! I really enjoyed it and hope I can do it again!
The cherry on the sundae of the day was getting to meet Gina Crosswhite, aka @HappyTriGirl on Instagram! I ran into her in the VIP lounge and she came over to our table and spent some time with us. She is one of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever met. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because Gina’s daughter Kylie was so sweet! When Maddie found out Kylie was a former competitive cheerleader, she HAD to meet her. Kylie gave Maddie several hugs, showed her some cheerleading pictures and took a picture with her. I think that was Maddie’s favorite part of the vacation, because that’s pretty much all she’s talked about since! :-)
It was another early morning travel day for the Oylers, as we headed out in the dark for the 2-hour drive back to Denver. It probably was a good thing that we left at 4:30 in the morning, before I had my first cup of coffee, because I was too tired to be sad! This trip was really a dream come true. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. More importantly, our family got to spend some quality time together and we got to make new friends! Mike and I already want to go back! This trip really made us realize that we need to make LIVING life a priority, not just surviving it. So, we’re going to start saving our pennies for another family trip and, hopefully, we’ll be able to return to the Mountain Games next year!
I can never fully express how thankful I am to people at TriggerPoint for this amazing trip and VIP access to the Mountain Games. You have provided us with such wonderful memories that will last us a lifetime. Mike and I hope that we can try to repay the kindness by advocating for your company. We have been huge proponents of the GRID roller, and this trip gave us the opportunity to experience other TriggerPoint products and learn about different release techniques. Hopefully this gained knowledge will allow us to better spread the wellness to others!