3 States. 40 Hours. No Sleep.

It’s no secret. I love toΒ travel. Whether it’s a day on the trails, a week abroad, or a few days a few states away, I’m always on the hunt for my next adventure…. even when it means 40 hours of no sleep.

Here’s my 40 hour story.

Starting Point: Atlanta, GA

My sleepless 40 hours started on Sunday afternoon, when I got up for the last double-shift of my weekend job. I had spent the past week working a lot, and sleeping very little. I had date night, social ties to wrap up, assignments to finish, posts to automate, a small business conference, and Vans Warped Tour to attend.

Needless to say, by Sunday I was exhausted, and knew that sleep would be a long time coming. After my 16-hour shift ended, I ran to the locker room on site, freshened up, changed, grabbed my suitcase, and bolted to the train.

Meanwhile, Tristan and Ericson, were getting ready to head out from Vegas.

I had less than two hours before takeoff and couldn’t afford to be any later than I already was. By some miracle, I not only made it on time, but had an extra few minutes to grab a burrito and cinnamon pretzel for the flight.

Don’t you just miss the days when we used to get a complimentaryΒ full meal, in the air?

7-Hour Stopover: Colorado

I tried to sleep on my flight to Colorado, but even after 18 years of traveling, I’m no good at getting shuteye in the skies. I was only too happy when we landed at the Denver International Airport.

 

My client, Edwine Michel, co-owner of the Rocky Mountain Exchange, was already waiting for me. We had met once before in Atlanta, but Denver is his home base.

Some people discuss business over dinner.Β Edwine and I discussed business on winding roads, leading up to the mountains in Boulder, and then through the nooks and crannies of Red Rocks. I’ll take that over dinner in a cocktail dress any day.

Windy Saddle Park

There were people biking up and skateboarding down the mountain, on our way to Windy Saddle Park: real daredevils in Colorado. Problem is, that made it twice as dangerous for the cars driving next to them. Thankfully, we made it up without killing ourselves, or anyone else.

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The view was totally worth the drive.

 

I tried to get a picture of myself, but it was so sunny, I almost lost an eye trying to squint at the camera.

4 Alexis Chateau Colorado Squinting in the Sun.jpgI eventually found the good sense to use the shades on top of my head…9 Alexis Chateau Windy Saddle Park.jpg

Red Rocks Amphitheater

After leaving Windy Saddle Park we headed straight for Red Rocks and the Red Rock Amphitheater. Once you start to get close, it’s immediately obvious how this place got its name. Even the amphitheater is built from red rock.

13 Red Rocks Amphitheater Colorado.jpgThe overall effect of red rocks, green grass, and blue skies is beautiful.

 

I wasn’t a bad addition, either! I’ve had some requests lately to include more pictures of myself on my travel adventures, so here you go:

 

After all the wandering around and the picture-taking, it was time for both Edwine and I to return to our regular lives. He had a family to return to, and I had a plane to catch!

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Back to the Airport

We got stuck in traffic on the way back, and for a while I really thought I was going to miss my flight to California, but I made it just in time.

By then, I was exhausted. So exhausted, that I found a comfy spot on the airport floor and made my bed.

If you’re wondering what soiled my shirt, it’s ice cream. How could I resist Ben & Jerry’s after the Colorado heat?

I got a splendid fifteen minutes of shut-eye before the flight attendant started to announce the boarding zones. And then, it was time to get moving again.

Final Destination: California

As the plane dropped altitude over San Diego, my first thought was just how amazing it was to be by the ocean again. As an island-girl living in a land-locked city for two years, I couldn’t begin to explain to you what that’s like.

My second thought was that San Diego isΒ really crowded. But somehow, once you’re on the ground, it’s really not as bad as it looks from up high. I wish I could have gotten a picture, but I didn’t have a window-seat this time, so I borrowed a few great shots from Instagram.

Just In Time

Tristan and Ericson timed their own arrival pretty much in sync with my own. Just as I landed and got my luggage, they were pulling up at the airport, fresh from Vegas.

It was an hour drive to our accommodations. Ericson’s aunt and grandparents were nice enough to host us for the five days; thereby saving me the $180 I had planned to spend on booking an Airbnb room.

Crash Course in Cali

Being with the locals also meant we had great recommendations for what to do, where to go, and how to get there. We also had access to paddle boards, snorkeling gear, a boat… and WiFi.

Once we got settled, we met Ericon’s father, and then headed out to Oceanside Pier.

 

It’s surprisingly chilly by the beach in San Diego, at night. But I was happy to feel the ocean breeze on my face, and smell the salty air.

By midnight, it was definitely time to crawl into bed and prepare for the amazing few days ahead.

Next stop?

Torrey Pines!

California definitely gave Vegas a run for its money – and won! I can’t wait to share details from my trip with you guys over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for posts on:

  • 4th of July Hike at Torrey Pines
  • Failed Snorkeling Attempt at Torrey Pines Beach
  • Volunteering at the Oceanside Pier + Our Post-Volunteer Dinner
  • Snorkeling at La Jolla
  • Hiking Annies Canyon

Where have you guys been traveling to lately? Have you ever lost as much sleep as I did on a trip? Tell me all about in the comments below!

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47 Comments Add yours

  1. Sleep can always come later! And I LOVE Colorado; I visited about ten years ago, and it’s brought back happy memories – thank you for sharing! 😊

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    1. Agreed! That’s how I thought of it as well. Colorado is a very interesting place for sure. The people there are more friendly and carefree than what I run into in the south.

      It actually caught me off-guard a few times, when White people especially just turned around and started making conversation. That rarely happens in Georgia. Even in Atlanta, there’s a lot of segregation.

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      1. I’m glad to hear you were treated with the proper respect in Colorado, but I’m so sad to hear that segregation and racism still exists even in somewhere as big as Atlanta, or anywhere at all. That’s an utter disgrace, and I hate that such small-minded bigotry still occurs anywhere in the world. Georgia is on my list of places I’d love to visit (quite easy to get to Atlanta from here in the U.K.!); if I visited and saw someone behaving like that, I’d tell them what I thought of them in no uncertain terms! I’m happy though that the arsehole people of the world are far outnumbered by the awesome ones. 😊

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      2. I’m sure they would not be happy to hear it, haha. I’ve learned to humour them and leave them in their ignorance. You can’t save everyone, but you can lead by example and live as the exception of stereotypes. That’s my approach.

        I would love to visit the UK. I hope travel becomes less restrictive here soon, as next year I’d like to leave the country again. This is the first time in 18 years, I’ve ever been in a country for this long..

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  2. Love Red Rock. My bff for married there.

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    1. I wish I could have seen the inside of it, but there was a show going on when we got there.

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    1. I don’t understand that.

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  3. Barron says:

    What a long, amazing odyssey!

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    1. Indeed, it was! I had a great time!

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  4. Wow, this was a whirlwind tour and you pulled it off so well. Great pics. Bet you slept well when you hit your bed!

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    1. Thank you! I slept like a baby for exactly 8 hours and then I was ready to roll again! Haha.

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      1. Spoken like a true road warrior.

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      2. Shucks… try…. it’s more like you are!

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  5. Oo! I’m jealous. Been wanting to get out to Colorado, but now I understand why you were awake for so long! Haha! Looks like you had an awesome time and I hope you’ve caught up on sleep since then. :p

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    1. Haha, what’s stopping you from heading out there? It’s a beautiful city, for sure! I might go back towards the end of this year.

      Yes, 40 hours without sleep was no joke! I caught my 8 hours that same night and then we hit the road again to hike in the desert by the beach. Next week’s post will be about that. 😁

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      1. Uh… Well, let’s see. Money. Time…. Money. *nods fervently* Hahaha! *starving grad student over here* :p

        Daaang! You are so strong! I’m in awe! I’m just a giant ball of complete and absolute rage after about 28 hours. :p

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      2. Oh right, I forgot you’re still in school. Funny enough that’s when I traveled most, but that’s because my family was spread out so I could bounce from one to the other on holiday.

        After about 28 hours I get high on lack of sleep. I’m annoyingly pleasant and happy. πŸ˜‚

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      3. Ah. Yeah, my family is super small, and I actually now live in my hometown where both my parents still live. So… no traveling for me. Oh well. :p I will just save up money for a big trip for when I get done! Yay! Hee hee! Next stop: IRELAND! :p

        Woman, I wish I could do that. Alas, I am not a happy camper without sleep. My mother found that one out. :p Oops.

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  6. Who needs sleep when there are places to see, states to travel??

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    1. Agreed. That was exactly my sentiment.

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  7. leavearly says:

    Colorado .. Arizona, New Mexico … they have always appealed … those wide open spaces so much like here in Australia. Good trip. Good post.

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    1. Thanks. Colorado was amazing, and I’m still planning to see Australia. New Mexico I’ve never been to, and Arizona I will never foot in.

      Arizona is a pretty anti-immigrant state. They have a law where the police can pull you over at any time to check your immigration status, and the police there now have coast guard freedoms. Too much headache for me.

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      1. leavearly says:

        Ooooooh, didn’t know that about Arizona. Closed minds endanger the world. Unfortunately you find them in lots of places. Back to work … phones really have opened up photography. The quality is getting better all the time. And you can use them quickly, in any situation … the colours in your Colorado shots are so much like Outback Australia. Travel keeps you so “alive” … always learning, understanding … go well.

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      2. Closed minds indeed endanger us all. The quality of phone pics have definitely improved, but my phone has nothing on my camera. 😊

        Still looking forward to seeing the great Outback for myself. Is that where you’re from?

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  8. bharatjp says:

    Soo great ma’am pics are damn cool. !! Awesome posts ! Love to read ur posts !
    Thanks for following my blog .. please do read my blog and do comment about my posts ! I lover ur posts .. feelings jealous hahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thanks! I try to travel every few months. Keeps me sane. All the best!

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  9. You rock lady. I am tired reading your about your journey. Be blessed.

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    1. Haha, thank you! I had a great time. 😊

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