Road Trip

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Road Trip Imagine driving from a hot, humid, asphalt region to a beautiful, snowy, peaceful ski resort in less than 24 hours. This is what I experienced during my past two Spring Breaks with my friends. Although the drive from Houston, Texas, to Breckinridge, Colorado, is long and tedious, it's by far my favorite vacation spot.

After my last class before Spring Break begins I can hardly wait to jump in the car and head off to the best vacation spot ever. Since Spring Break of 2000 my friends and I have gone to snow ski the steep and tall mountains of Breckinridge, Colorado. We begin our trip with loading the back of a truck and a car with plenty of good food and drinks. After all of our gear is tightly secure, we start for a long journey northwest to the Rocky Mountains. Every 300 miles or so, we stop to switch drivers and stretch our cramped legs.

Our first experience with weather change was in Lubbock, where the wind felt frigid and stung our faces. As we passed through Amarillo, the smell of cow manure was quite unbearable. New Mexico state border soon followed and before we knew it small snowflakes were hitting our windshield. Since my friends and I lived in Houston, Texas, we were not appropriately dressed for the quick change in climate. When we stopped at a gas station we had to dig through our bags and get our warm sweaters to put on. After finally crossing into the Colorado state border we were in Denver before long. After fueling up in Denver, where we noticed an increase in gas prices, we began our final ascent into the mountain passes.

When driving towards the mountains I opened up a window and...

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