A Weekend in South Park + 3 Important Reasons to Travel With Friends
Full disclosure, before folks get too excited, technically we spent the weekend in Fairplay, Colorado. However, the popular animated series, South Park, is based on this charming little town, I swear! We'd hoped to check out the South Park City museum, but alas, our plans were derailed by a snowstorm. Yes, seriously. We almost didn't make it to the cabin at all!
Thankfully, our five-some, as well as the rest of our group, made it safely to this beautiful home, where we proceeded to have a beautiful (Wifi-free) weekend together. With a total of twelve people, I was concerned we might be cramped in one cabin, but I couldn't have been more wrong! The layout of Alpenhaus was perfect for a group of our size.
Now, initially, this trip filled me with anxiety. I mean, the idea of sharing one space with two other couples and their kids seemed like one of the worst ideas of ever!
What if we're packed in the house like sardines?
What if we decide we hate each other? That's decades of friendship down the drain!
I'm an introvert—what if I just want to be alone?
Why on earth are we even doing this?!
Most likely, you're not quite as wary as me, but one of these questions occurred to you. If so, I'm pretty sure that just makes you human. Anyway, as with most things I freak out about ahead of time, I needn't have worried because we had so much fun this weekend! There were many reasons why, but for brevity, I wanted to narrow it down to three points.
Three Important Reasons To Travel With Friends
1. Pooling of resources
From the cost of the cabin to food and drink, we were able to share our resources in a way that benefitted. It was downright idyllic, honestly. If you're wanting to go on a vacation, but cost is a factor, consider sharing the load with a friend or two.
2. Human connection
Having moved to Denver just shy of a year ago, my husband and I haven't gotten to know that many people, so having the opportunity to connect and break bread with folks we know well was a huge blessing. It alerted us to how much we missed having that level of interaction on a regular basis. This trip was an experience we'll never forget; the fact that we were able to share it with people we care for makes it even more precious.
3. Expand your comfort zone
Routines are a good and necessary aspect of functioning as person in society. As a mom, I've come to rely on them to maximize my time effectively; however, it's easy to get a little too dependent on sameness, which is one reason why I love traveling. It promotes adaptability and flexibility, two weaknesses of mine. Staying with our friends in Alpenhaus meant getting away from the usual work-play pattern and participating in other (non-screen) activities like assembling puzzles, playing cards, or simply watching the kids engage in imaginative play. It's a reminder there really is more to life than what we're used to.
For these reasons—and many others, I'm sure!—I highly recommend traveling with your friends. It will challenge, reward, and change you in ways you won't expect.
Now, let's get into this trip, shall we? Alrighty!
Thanks to the ridiculous amount of snow, we weren't able to drive our car to the cabin. While we waited for our friends to rescue us, we made our way to Millonzi's to keep warm and grab a bite to eat.
We expected a super-casual diner with adequate food; what we got was high-quality deliciousness! As luck would have it, the Friday special happened to be All-You-Can-Eat Fish & Chips, a challenge I eagerly accepted. If you're ever in Fairplay, or even passing through on your way to another destination, I highly recommend stopping at Millonzi's and taking a stroll around the town.
Note: I had to hit the Pause button on my Whole90 goals. See why here.
After taking the time to wake up in a leisurely fashion and fuel up with fluffy scrambled eggs and sweet potato hash, we made our way...right outside the front door! The hills surrounding the property turned out to be perfect for sledding. How convenient!
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I'm trying to do better about jumping in front of the camera, but it's still a challenge; I really enjoy being (hiding) behind the lens.
After a few hours outside, everyone finally made their way back in the house to warm up, grab a snack, and relax a bit. Feels fitting to end with this photo because I'm pretty sure that's how everyone was feeling with regard to my snappin, lol!
Well, that's it from me, gang! We had a wonderful time reconnecting with dear friends in Fairplay, frolicking in the gorgeous snow, and enjoying simple screen-free activities like puzzles and gin rummy. In this day and age, it can be more difficult than ever to unplug and walk away from the ubiquity of the internet, but may I just say it's completely worth the effort? Yes, it'll feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but I promise it will do wonders for your mind; and when you do return to the online world, you'll feel more clear-headed and refreshed. That's a win-win in my book!
What did you think of our trip? Have you or would you ever consider going on vacation with your friends and their families? I'd love to hear from you!