Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break Day 1 LA->CO

The Puff has Spring beak this week and we (I) planned a family trip to see Mt. Rushmore. I've never been but always wanted to. My mom also had Mt. Rushmore on her bucket list so she invited herself along. Turns out, the Puff was the only one who didn't want to spend her Spring Break in South Dakota. Ha.

This was our first experience with low-budget Spirit airlines. We got a super cheap fare, but ended up spending a bit to make sure we had seats together.

We also brought our own snacks and drinks for the flight. There is a price for anything besides water on Spirit.

The seats are significantly more cramped than any other airline I've ever flown. I'm 5'6" and my knees were touching up against the seat in front.

Not too bad for a 2 hour flight, but we're taking a redeye on Spirit out to Cleveland in May that I'm now a bit worried about.

We landed in Denver, collected our rental car and drove to Boulder where we were staying the night at the Hotel Boulderado before our long drive over the plains in the morning. I'd heard it was haunted but kept this info to myself.

The hotel was absolutely beautiful and historic. We refilled our bottles from the glacial water several times.

The elevator was original to the 1909 building and had to be manually operated. I asked, and apparently Otis still services tons of these old original elevators all around the world.

If I were a ghost I'd haunt these stairs!!

The rooms were adorable and super spacious. That is a good thing because my mom is that traveler that packs two of everything but can never find anything.

Colorado has crazy spring weather. There were piles of snow all around us with temps today in the 70's!

The hotel was just a block off of Pearl Street, the cutest pedestrian mall. After checking in we made a beeline straight for this store once I heard that it was going to be super close to us!

Shops, restaurants, street performers.

We picked up a few souvenirs, ate a very late lunch/early dinner and went back to the hotel. Then early to bed so we could get an early start on our roadtrip.

Tomorrow, Devils Tower & Mt. Rushmore.

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Location:Boulder CO


  1. I thought I was uncomfortable on my long flights back to Alaska from Costa Rica (and really just about anywhere else I go), but that sounds really cramped! Do you think the cheaper price is worth the discomfort?

  2. A trip to the Mount Rushmore sound amazing! I'm so jealous! have fun!

    I have flown Spirit a few times to Florida, it's more affordable for us. And I have to admit that I don't mind sleeping through the beverage cart! and waking up whenever for my gingerale and doritos!

    I can't wait to hear how the trip to Mount Rushmore went! and to see pictures!!