Family Ski Trip to Monarch Resort in Colorado

Title: Anderson Family Ski Trip 2004
Point of Departure: Saint Louis Missouri
Destination: Maysville Colorado
Purpose: Family Vacation to go Snow Skiing
States: Missouri, Kansas, Colorado
Duration: 9 days
Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Sienna
Odometer: Start: 35,086 End: 37,253
Distance: 2,167 statute miles (round trip)

Trip Diary: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8
Photos: Cabin | Family | Grandpa | Prices | Skiers | Snow Bunnies

Day 1 - Friday 02/13/2004
Travel day from Webster Groves MO to Salina KS.
We left Webster Groves, Missouri about 3:40pm after Kelly's first ever piano recital.

Day 2 - Saturday 02/14/2004
Travel day, Salina KS to Maysville CO.

Day 3 - Sunday 02/15/2004
Ski day 1.
As we ate breakfast we listened to the ski report on the local radio station. Musch to our surprise we learned that the Monarch resort was closed for the day. We later learned the

Day 4 - Monday 02/16/2004
Ski Day 2.

We skied at Monarch on this day and it was warm and sunny. We ecnountered a long line to get

Day 5 - Tuesday 02/17/2004
Rest and Shopping Day.

We all returned to Salida for dinner in the evening. We ate at the County Bounty resturant. It was a good meal and the younger girls visited the gift shop to spend some of their money. They purchased the following:
   Kerry - bunny rabbit (Emily)
   Katie - snake (Slither)
   Kelly - boy dog (Lucky)

Day 6 - Wednesday 02/18/2004
Ski Day 3.

Having tired of long lines for equipment and tickets we opted to get an early start this day. We got up at the 6:30am and were on our way at 8:30am. The lines were much shorter this day. Kelly, Grandpa and I were on the quad lift by 9:15am (the ski lift open at 9:00am). It was a nice warm, sunny day. A little to warm as the snow got slushy at the bottom as the day wore on.

Day 7 - Thursday 02/19/2004
Ski Day 4.

Day 8 - Friday 02/20/2004
Travel day from Maysville CO to WaKeeney KS.

We ate a light breakfast before loading up and the van and heading east about 8:05am. Grandma cried a little and commented that it was always sad to see us leave. I was sad to leave but anxious to get home also. We decided to take the southern route (Highway 50) that follows the Arkansas River eastward. That first hour of so east of Salida is very pretty and very curvy - one must pay close attention to their driving.

We arrived at the Super 8 Motel in WaKeeney KS about 4:25pm. We made arrangements to meet my brother and his family for dinner at Pizza Hut. Afterward we went back to my brother's house and kids all played together while D and I worked on his new Dell PC a little. It was fun to visit with them - we wish we weren't so far apart so we could visit more often. This was our first opportunity to visit our new nephew B. It's great the we have a male to carry on the Anderson name. The K girls had great fun playing with cousin E and holding cousin B. We left about 10pm and headed back to the motel - it had been a long day.

Day 9 - Saturday 02/21/2004
Travel day from WaKeeney KS to Webster Groves MO.
We ate Easter colored donuts at the Super 8 Motel for breakfast. The trip was uneventful. We stopped for gas in Salina, then a bathroom break in Lawrence. West of Kansas City we happened upon a couch in the middle of the outside lane of I-70 along with a pair of shoes. Imagine someones surprise when they get to their destination minus one couch!

One must really pay attention while negotiating I-70 through Kansas City. They are lots of sharp turns and places where only one lane turns the direction you need to go. The signs don't always give you a lot of warning. We stopped in Odessa near the Outlet Mall and had lunch. The mall stores were all closed for the Easter Holiday.

We all guessed the total mileage of our journey. Rob was closest with a guess of 2,099. Mary was second closest with a guess of 2,082.1. The actual mileage was 2,091. We stopped for gas at the neighborhood Shell station and arrived at home at 4:50pm.

Happy Trails.

Trip Diary: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9
Photos: Cabin | Family | Grandpa | Prices | Skiers | Snow Bunnies

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