GRISWOLD DAY --
Started out the morning from Las Vegas. Drive was good. Kids were getting hungry so we decided to stop in St. George, Utah for Sonic Burger for breakfast. I haven't been to Sonic yet, but the kids say its great. I was looking forward to trying their frito burrito. As we're heading up the exit ramp, a crash happens in front of us. We couldn't see it, but it involve a student driver, a cadillac, and a 90 year old man. When we approached, th e 90 year old man gets out of a car with his cane, and there are 3 other cars all in a row, with the middle one saying "Student Driver" on it, with it's passenger rear tire mangled, and debris all over the exit ramp. We end up driving over some crash debris as we exit the ramp, and we here the tires make noise as the debris crumbles. We drive into town for Sonic Burger. It turns out, Sonic is closed. Actually, barren -- the sign is there but it's out of business. We stop at the gas station next to it. It turns out to be full serve, so Justin comes by to help us. I pump my gas, so he talks to us how he wants to live in Durango, Colorado, but he doesn't know where it is, and other assorted fun facts about the town. He tells us there's another Sonic Burger, but its further South on the I-15, so we bag on it. We go to Subway instead, just down the road.
After getting Subway sandwiches for breakfast, I check on our tires from the accident. We have a flat tire. The rear tire that made the noises as we crossed the debris is half flat. We call AAA and they send over a nice man. His picture is in this journal. He pumps up our tire with air and says there's a tire store about a half mile down the road. On his tow truck is one of the cars involved in the accident. It's the Cadillac! Ramone shows us the tire store and we drive down. While waiting for service, we can hear the tire hissing as it leaks out. They patch the tire and we're on our way.
We're a couple hours behind schedule. We drive into Green River, Utah for Ben's Cafe. It's closed. They have a sign outside with their Friday specials, but they are closed. We settle for the return choice, Chowhound. Chowhound is open and the girl says she heard Ben's was gooing out of business. Chowhound serves great burgers. kids like it. We get the crisp burritios. They deep fry some frozen burritos. The beef tastes better than the bean. All in all, it was great food for the price. The kids were full from Burgers and we're off to Moab.
Well, with hopes of catching brook trout and kokanee in the morning before going horseback riding with the rest of the family in the afternoon, our day turned into another Griswold Family Vacation.
We started the morning early to get some fishing down the Blue River for kokanee. The guy at Blue River Anglers suggested some spots north of I-70 off Highway 9 going up to Green Mountain Reservoir. Trouble -- the car wouldn't start. The battery was dead. Called the auto service, and about an hour later, was given a jump start. Drove down to Frisco, Colorado to the neighborhood Wal Mart. Had a kid in the car to keep it running, because the auto service said it would probably die if it wasn't operating for less than a half hour so the alternator could recharge the battery. Purchased a new battery, then drove to the neighborhood NAPA to install the battery, as I only had a small ratchet set. Made a "bargain bin" purchase for a crescent wrench and replaced the old dead batter with a new one. Luckily, while performing the car repair, I recieved a message that the boys caught some fish on the pond outside the hotel. So, at least they were having fun.
We were able to get back to Breckenridge by 11:40, for our 12 noon departure for horseback riding. This activity was great -- probably one of the friendliest guided services we've experienced in a couple years. We rode horses at the Platte Ranch Riding Stables. It was about a 40 minute drive south of Breckenridge. On the way, we passed the continental divide at Hoosier Pass. The ride was about 2 hours long and the horses walked out for about 20 minutes to an open meadow at about 9600 feet, and then we proceeded to trot and gallop for a while. Very fun. During our ride, one of the guides said the Wal Mart we purchased our car battery from was the one used in the Griswold Family Christmas Vacation movie.
On Thursday, we'll try to remember to get a picture outside it on our way to Denver.