What a weekend it has been! Yesterday morning I flew from San Antonio to Denver to teach at Scrap 2 It in Ft Collins. I heard on the news that there was flooding and lots of problems with roads closed but I had a contract to teach - so I was going to show up - what's the saying about high water??
They told me at the rental car counter what roads they thought I should take and I was off. It should have taken a little over an hour to get to the store, but it was a very tiring 3 1/2 hours later when I arrived. I kept encountering road closure after road closure with flooding. I've been all over the countryside!
This is one spot where I snapped a quick picture as I drove by of the swollen, raging river that is far beyond its banks.
This is the road I was on going into Longmont - that green dumpster is in the middle of the street.
Out of all the places in the whole United States where I could have been teaching this weekend, I'm not sure why I had to be HERE at THIS particular time! It was pretty stressful!
I finally made it to the store about half an hour late for my class, but only two people were able to make it to class because of all the closed roads, and then today we had to cancel both my classes because people were advised to stay off the roads and not come into this hard hit area.
Scrap 2 It is an amazing store! I think it's the biggest one I've ever been to and they seem to have EVERYTHING you could possibly want! Ranea, the owner, is a sweetheart - I felt so bad that the weather spoiled our special weekend.
If you put those two pictures side by side you would have a panorama of the store! Love the fabric!
Love the baker's twine in the sugar shakers, too!
If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop by! It is definitely worth a trip!
I was supposed to stay a second night in Ft. Collins and then go back down to the airport for my flight home tomorrow morning, but I had a really uncomfortable feeling about it. With more rain and storms in the forecast, I hated to risk running into road closures again and missing my flight. I was able to get a refund from Priceline for the hotel (miracle!) and make a new reservation through Priceline for a hotel near the Denver airport. I left sunny Ft. Collins and headed down the newly reopened Interstate and could see dark clouds ahead. The radio station I was listening to (love KLOVE!) kept being interupted by emergency bulletins about flashflood warnings and to immediate move to higher ground, etc. As I neared Denver, an emergency bulletin popped up on my cellphone - I've never had that happen!
This is about 3:30pm - it was sunny where I was and ahead, it looked like night. It wasn't raining yet, so I decided to keep going toward my hotel...
Looks pretty ominous, doesn't it?!!!
I got to my hotel in Aurora (Priceline calls this an airport hotel, although I'm not too sure about that!) just as it started to rain. My car was protected under the carport at the front of the hotel and I didn't even have to get wet. Of course! there were fire trucks there because the fire alarm was malfunctioning in the hotel - what else! It was pretty deafening for the next hour until they shut it off.
The rain let up enough that I could run out and fill up my car and get a Sonic Route 44 for myself, and now I'm cozy and dry and ready to head home after this eleven day trip! I sure hope my flight gets out in the morning!!
I'll be back with photos from my really special time in Fredericksburg during the past week. Did you happen to see that I've posted preview pictures and descriptions of my three new classes on my Upcoming Classes blog. You can see them HERE!