One of the BIGGEST benefits of moving to Denver is being within driving distance to family (my family is in Kansas City, Jeff’s family is in St Louis). This means that instead of battling the airport crowds around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we can leisurely drive across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri with the dogs.
Not only is driving less stressful (flying around the holidays is the absolute WORST), but it saves us a lot of money.
We spent just over $200 in gas to made the drive to see both my family in Kansas City and Jeff’s family in St Louis. If we would have flown we would have paid at least $200 per plane ticket ($400), airport parking ($50), transportation between KC and STL ($100), and having someone watch the dogs ($250). By driving we saved us over $600! Score.
PLUS we love road trips!
Kansas has a bad reputation for being extremely boring to drive through. I beg to differ, just look at the proof (although I am partial because I am a Kansas native):
Plus Jeff and I had an Audio Book about CIA and terrorism; it was like listening to an episode of Homeland. It made the road trip fly by!
It was great to see both of our families and friends and to do some much needed relaxing and eating of home cooked meals by our awesome moms. We ate so much wonderful food….
We did get to go on 1 run with Jeff’s brother in STL; we did some trail running at Castlewood Park. It was an awesome trail and even though my legs were STILL dead from the marathon, we got in 7 miles and ran off some of that wonderful food. It was so much fun to run with Chris and we can’t wait to run a marathon with him in the spring! Mark my words, all three of us will be breaking some personal running records in 2013…maybe even running a sub-3 hour marathon…