In 1982, one of my really close friends, Corinne, was getting married in New Mexico and I was her maid of honor. My friend Cindy was going to drive with me to New Mexico for the wedding then we were going to head up to Colorado for a week before heading home. A great road trip for a couple of young girls, no doubt! Plans were made, hotel reservations made. Then at the last minute, the dates for some of Cindy’s college finals changed and she couldn’t go. I was going nuts! My parents wouldn’t let me make the drive from St. Louis to Roswell New Mexico by myself, even though the bride’s 14 yr old brother might be going along too. None of my other girlfriends could go. My mom…my MOM…suggested Scott, the guy I was dating…for like 2 months! Really?! Wasn’t sure how he’d take to Colorado or my Mustang…this was Scott of the permed hair & spritzer bottle of water/conditioner mix and hair pick that he kept handy under the drivers seat of his Trans Am!
We take my little ’79 turbocharged Mustang without AC and hit the road. Smooth sailing the first day. We spend the night at my uncle’s house in Moore Oklahoma. At some point the second day, I want a break from driving and ask Scott to drive. He has waited until then to tell me he doesn’t know how to drive a stick shift! You’ve got to be kidding me! I tried to teach him in a parking lot…LMBO! I’m screaming in my head…don’t screw up my car doufus! I drove the rest of the trip. The wedding was beautiful and we headed to Colorado the next day. This guy had no business being in that state! The mountain highways scared him. I tried to take him up to this beautiful lake but the road was closed halfway up by snow and I had to back down for a bit…I think he cried a little! I stopped by a beautiful fast moving stream. Wanted to get out and explore and climb on rocks. Not a chance in hell was he going to get near that stream, much less rock hop or climb out on the log like I did! At least he took pictures!
Our hotel had a heated indoor pool and a hot tub out on the deck. He wouldn’t get in the pool because he forgot his ear and nose plugs. He wouldn’t get in the hot tub because the water was too hot and the air outside was too cold! I didn’t think anything could ever make me want to leave my favorite place on earth…but he did! We left after 3 days. I never saw him again after that trip! My mom was devastated! I think she had been hearing wedding bells! Yikes!
I found the above pictures when I was going through my hundreds and hundreds of pictures looking for pictures of my son to post on Facebook for his 28th birthday. I don’t think I’ve shared any pictures of him…so, meet my son Ross! And his girlfriend Tiffany and my grandson Sean as a little guy. You’ll be meeting my daughter Kelsey in my next post…we finally met up on the same trail!