Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A long-awaited vacation

Around Christmas last year, I got an email that said 'Come Chill Off the Grid'. It was from Marlboro. I signed up for a membership with Marlboro as soon as I turned 21, so I could get coupons. I get nifty things like sunglasses, pocket ashtrays, bottle openers, etc. Anyways, when I first saw the email, I almost trashed it. Something told me that I needed to read it first. It said I had won a trip, and had a phone number and an RSVP code. I almost thought it was a joke, but I figured, what the heck. I'll call it and see if it's legit. I've received offers in the mail about free trips, and they've always expected me to buy something, so I refused. During our brief conversation, I was able to deduce that it was real - I won a 4 day, 3 night trip for myself and a guest (Hubs, of course!) to the Marlboro Ranch in Montana.

I rarely win anything awesome like this, so I was completely shocked. The most expensive thing I've ever won was tickets to Cirque Du Soleil. I'm glad I won those because Hubs had never seen Cirque, and I feel bad for anyone else who hasn't.

As for the trip I won - we got to select different activities we wanted to participate in. We received all of our travel info today, plane tickets and such. One of the activities we chose is a scenic horseback ride. I haven't been on a horse since I was 5. I love horses, and want to have one of my own when we get a farm. That's still a long time away, so I Wasn't going to pass up this opportunity. While the horseback riding is exciting, I'm telling this story for another reason.

The last time I was on a horse was in Utah. My grandparents lived there and had lots of friends. Somewhere there's a pic of me on a horse. When we got our plane tickets today, I was reminded of just how small the world is. We have a layover in Utah.

When I'm packing for our trip, I'll be packing lots of extra batteries for my camera. No doubt I'll have some beautiful pictures to come home with. We're really looking forward to this vacation!

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