I don’t know what Ariel is doing to me! Day 2 (Monday aka President’s Day) on my dream ski trip and I opted out on skiing today. Well, not just because he’s so dreamy because we all know the truth about that but because I guess I jacked my knee up yesterday. I guess the heavy powder took a toll on my body. Let’s be real though, if I wasn’t with Ariel, I’d tough it out and ski but he didn’t like the idea of me attempting to ski until I could walk without limping, stating “it’s not safe Anneliese.” Annoying to the athletic girl in me but so sweet, I’ve never had a guy who actually cared that much about me. Not sure if that’s really sad or yeah, that’s just really sad. Glad I finally attracted someone who cares about my well-being. And I have to admit, it is kind of weird, my feelings are like wait, what? You care? How do I respond to that, this is such new territory for me. I love it but it’s so scary!!! And then, this all happened…
We slept in a little bit, and as you know, I really wanted to go skiing but Ariel was definitely not into it. And never, ever, ever have I gone on a ski trip and skipped a day of skiing, until now – due to my knee ;).
We cuddled all morning with each other and my kitty. Then while I made us tea while he was busy spooning my cat. When I got out of the shower, he was still busy spooning my cat. It was so cute! What was happening? And now my cat would only answer to him! It was a nice and relaxing morning, until I realized that we only had thirty minutes until check out. Which is when I turned into crazy let’s go girl. I really cracked the whip on him, I packed the room up by myself while he showered. But honestly, I didn’t mind it. I loaded the entire car solo. Again, I didn’t mind it. I only minded the fact that the elevator was crazy slow.
Once we loaded up, we went back to Park City because Ariel was still on mission to find a 100% wool knitted hat. I think I am the only girl who actually hates shopping so I kind of let him do his thing for a couple of hours in the morning and continued my the Park City tour as we drove around from shop to shop, showed him the Canyons (I wanted to show him the base of it, all three of us went up the base in the cabriolet lift), stopped at my buddies place who left Ariel some good weed for the rest of our trip and in exchange we left him the eidbles that we took in Mammoth that really messed us up, then we went over to the base of Park City and then I took him up to the Olympic park. After all of that he finally, we found one more store that had wool hat and guess what, he found the perfect hat! Hallelujah!!!!!
He bought it and then we loaded up in the car. I started to drive out of the parking lot when he said, “wait stop, I found it cheaper on Amazon.” UGH! Are you kidding me Ariel! I stopped the rental car, he got out and went back inside the store that was located inside a hotel. Then returned to me about ten minutes later with no hat. I asked, “where’s the hat?” He replied, “he wouldn’t match the price so I returned it and then it took him forever to return it because it wouldn’t scan.” The price difference was $5, and unlike me who would have still just paid for it, he was trying to make a point. OMG! I needed a drink, but I had to settle for coffee since we were driving to Jackson Hole.
I respected Ariel for holding his ground, trying to get a deal and wanting to only put pure materials on his skin, but really, we’re on a ski trip and he doesn’t have a hat – he’s been using mine! Plus we literally wasted all morning looking for a hat, when he could have just ordered it via Amazon.
We drove away and grabbed a quick bite to eat at an Indian restaurant that was owned by a Persian chef. Which I didn’t know until we were looking at the menu. And because we always split our meals, we did just that. Which isn’t something that I usually don’t get to do with a guy because they’re always carnivores. This part of Ariel I really liked, and kind of makes up how he always has to think so logically. Hahaha! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate how patient he is when it comes time to buying things, how much he researches a product but not everyone has all the time in the world to do things like he does. So now that we were eating yummy food, my annoyed self calmed down, for now.
As we headed out-of-town, we made a quick pit stop at Whole Foods for some road trip snacks. Then we hopped in the car and headed towards Jackson Hole, WY. I was so excited! This trip truly was a dream coming true for me. I’ve always wanted to do it and now I finally was and with someone!!!
The drive was beautiful, we drove in and out of canyons and in and out of tiny little towns. The towns that were so small, not sure how the people of each town made ends meet but I bet they had a nice simple life, something I think I’d like to have someday soon.
About two hours into our drive Ariel was having stomach issues from the Indian food we ate before we left Park City. I felt so bad, I didn’t know what to do. He needed to use the bathroom and there was nothing in sight. And after what happened on our Mammoth trip, I’ve learned that when he has to go, he has to go due to his inflammation issues, so I pulled over and he went on the side of the road. I, of course, took funny pics of him through the rear view mirror. He thinks I’m obsessed because I take some many pics, and yes I might be a little but he just makes me laugh and I want to remember these moments.
Once we started driving again, he rolled a joint, smoked it and closed his eyes for a while. Poor guy, was still in so much pain. I rubbed his head the best that I could while I drove. I also said a little prayer hoping that he’d feel better soon so that he could fully enjoy our trip. And within minutes, he and my kitty were both taking cat naps. They slept for about forty minutes before I woke them up. And I had to wake him up because we were surrounded by Pronghorn Antelopes. They were everywhere and so beautiful!!!
Ariel’s eyes literally looked like a little kid at Disney. Not sure how much wildlife he’s seen but it was magical, until we almost hit one. Which made me a little worried that I might hit one since they were all along and in the road. I asked him to stay awake so that I had two sets of eyes on the road, especially since it was starting to get dark. The last thing I wanted to do, was to hit one of these little four-legged creatures.
He sort of stayed awake and I let him sleep, until the sun went down and the snow starting coming down hard. It was scary. I kind of felt like we were in some weird movie, we were the only cars on the road and it was pitch black. We were following one other tire track that looked like it went through the snow about fifteen minutes before us because it was barely visible. I asked him to check the weather on his phone but of course, since we were in the middle of no where, we had no reception and there was nothing on the radio. Cue horror film right?
It was so scary and I was so afraid that I’d lose sight of the road or follow tracks the wrong way and end up in the ditch and then, well, you don’t even want to know where my mind went from there. And mind you, I’ve driven in snow storms and the mountains my whole life but I had no idea where we were and I also knew we were coming to a HUGE pass to drop down into Jackson Hole and there was no town in sight.
As we continued driving through the 6 plus inches of snow on the road, passed a sign that flashed “chains required”. Shit! We didn’t have chains nor did we have four-wheel drive. I think the car was actually a four-cylinder too. But then we finally saw red and blue lights up ahead, it was a cop. Phew!! As we got closer we saw a truck in the ditch, the cops was trying to help them get out. Ugh! Then we passed so many trucks and cars that were in the ditch. I was literally driving like 15-20 mph. Part of me was afraid I’d get stick going that slow but then we finally saw snowplow! And guess what! He was plowing in front of us! Thank gosh!! We followed the plow for almost the entire pass and then the rest of the way, I just played it safe.
And we did it, we made it to Jackson Hole. I was so stressed though and Ariel was like you’re doing so well, which I should have been happy with but I was so annoyed because I had just driven in a hell of snow storm for over two hours and I just wanted to get to our hotel and relax but guess what? He couldn’t book us a room via his app because we didn’t have service so now, we had to drive around Jackson Hole looking for a place. He had one job to do all day, that was to book us a room for the next two days.
Ariel tried to book us an AirBnB but it didn’t work out for our first night. Then he was taking forever with his hotels tonight app or site – whatever it is. He was trying to stall because the longer we wait the cheaper the room is. And I was so over it! I pulled into a cute little hotel, walked inside, asked if they accepted cats – they did so I asked how much the room was. I walked outside and told Ariel to go inside and book it for $75 a night. See in lieu of me paying for the rental car, he needed to pay for the hotel rooms, then at the end of trip we’d see who owed who money. Because remember, we go 50/50. 🙂
After ten minutes of him trying to find a cheaper place via his app, I snapped and said, “You’re wasting so much time by trying to save $5 bucks! I want to get out of this car and go eat something yummy, please just go book it already.” He looked at me like I was a monster, and yes, I kind of was but shit, let’s go already. Time is money and when you waste hours trying to save a few bucks, you miss out on life. Right?
We got into the not so fancy room, unpacked and then looked around for a vegan friendly restaurant. We walked through the super cute town square that was all lit up with Christmas lights, looking at menus of restaurants along the way for the rest of the trip before we arrived to and walked inside the Lotus Restaurant. It was so different from what I’d expect any restaurant in Jackson Hole to be like, and they had so many options for us. It was mostly vegan but they had things like bison on the menu too.
We order two separate dishes to share and they were colorful, delicious and exactly what we needed. I realized I was little hang-ry earlier, which I think Ariel realized. We talked to the waiter about the town and the place and then we asked for the check. And he said, oh the gentleman that was at the bar earlier picked up your tab. I smiled and thought, now that’s good karma. Ariel was shocked, I don’t think anyone has ever done that for him nor has he ever done that for anyone else. He was so confused. I asked if the man, because I noticed him when we walked in, was a football or basketball player. He looked familiar and he was crazy tall for skier. And sure enough, he was. I won’t reveal his name but Ariel being a BIG basketball fan was shocked to hear the ex-Laker’s player when the waiter read the name off the credit card receipt.
Needless to say, that random act of kindness was beyond kind and a pretty perfect way for us to end out very long, stressful day. And now that I think about it, the message actually was perfect for us at that point.
We strolled back to the hotel while it was still snowing. We stopped a few times to window shop, and I wanted to lean in and kiss him. But instead, I just looked at him and he knew what I wanted. Instead we just looked into each others guys, smiled and continued on our way. I am really starting to fall so hard for him. This trip is either going to end really well, or really bad, I can feel it already.