Or at least that's what he tells me. I will give this warning now, this WILL be a long post. You've been warned.
Sunday, May 18th was mine and Nik's 2nd anniversary. We had made no plans except that I took Monday off so we could have a full day together. Some time late Sunday afternoon we received confirmation that we could indeed go to Nik's cabin. Which we weren't expecting. So we hurried and packed our bags, told Charlie that we would not, in fact, be making it to his dinner that night, and headed off. We left about quarter to seven and after stopping for gas and picking up the key from Nik's aunt, we were on our way.
Shortstop: Did anyone hear about the accident up Parley's Canyon? After being pulled over by the police, a man sped off and crossed the median and headed straight into a tanker. He was killed. The resulting accident closed east bound Parley's Canyon (all 3 lanes).
That accident was "supposed" to be cleaned up in a couple of hours, and we left at least 3 hours after it happened, so when we saw the police cars blocking the entrance to the canyon, our spirits sank. We were not out of ideas though. We turned around and I called my Dad. He was kind enough to check UDOT for us and found that they really had no idea when it was going to be opened. We tried our luck again with the other entrance, and found no police blocking our way, but quickly found that that did not make a difference. We were stuck at Exit 133. Just short of the East Canyon exit. Numerous cars and semi trucks had pulled off to the side as to not get stuck in the lines of traffic backed up from mile marker 137, where the clean up was taking place. We pulled off as well and Nik got out to talk to some of the people there and heard a rumor that the road would be open at eight. It was now 7:30. Wait in the car for at least a half an hour, hoping it would open, or turn around and find something else to do. We chose something else. What else, though, we didn't know.
Nik suggested seeing a movie to pass the time, so we headed down to the Gateway and found that not only were there no movies playing before ten, but nothing is open on Sunday! I know, I know, Sabbath, we talked about it. So with nothing open, and no plans for a place to stay (besides giving up and going home, which was not acceptable) we took out the trusty Lappy and sat outside the Apple Store (the suck, but they have WiFi) and looked up hotel possibilities. While Nik was on the Lappy I called Dad again to see if there was any progress on the road in the last hour and a half. Nope. Nothing. He gave us the website and we looked at the traffic cameras and saw that none of the semi's that were stopped with us had moved. It was now nine o'clock. We decided to stay someplace nicer, since it had been a bad evening, and after all the possibilities, it was only a little more to go to the Anniversary Inn than say, Little America. And they still had some cheap rooms available, so we headed to 5th south. They were really nice and we went right up to our room. I didn't know that the AI went that high up. We just kept climbing! It was a beautiful room though, The Rose Garden Room. It even had brick walls. The bath tub was huge, and since we were both exhausted, that was the first thing on the agenda. We put in Indiana Jones number 2 while the tub filled (it took forever!) and after the bath we were both so relaxed that we barely made it through the rest of the movie.
Despite being very relaxed, I still didn't sleep very well. Foreign bed and all. The next morning they brought us breakfast right on time, and we took another bath. And this might give my mom a heart attack, but, seeing as it was our anniversary, we did the typical anniversary stuff, and near the end we may or may not have called a friends house. I had my phone on the bed. I will not mention who it was, just in case they didn't know it happened. But if it was you, we apologize, it was an accident.
Not wanting to go right home, we went back to the Gateway and saw The Chronicle's of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Nik REALLY wanted to see this, and I was "meh" about the whole thing, but I was surprised. It was a really good show. The prince is cute, which doesn't hurt, but the story was interesting and as Nik pointed out, the children are much better actors, so you sympathize with them more. There were good fight scenes and there is one that is a little sad. Good show.
After the movie we walked around some of the shops and got lunch, then headed back home. I took a little nap while Nik played video games and then we headed out again. To Target! With nothing particular on our shopping list, we weren't there too long, but we did buy a paper shredder. And Nik bought me a little green watering can as part of my "Versary" present. A couple more stops and we were back home. Nik made some great burgers for dinner, and even though my twice baked potatoes didn't work out, I figured out a way to make something work, and we had a very fulfilling dinner.
All-in-all, it was a great weekend. Thank you Nik for making me so happy for the last two (or more) years. You are a wonderful man. I love you so much, and I always will.
So here we are, 11:07pm, on the eve of starting full time at work. I should really go to bed. Oh, and stay tuned for pictures of the adventure. Didn't have a chance to download the camera yet....