I’m never leaving Texas again

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 1, 2019

Over spring break, I traveled to Colorado with my boyfriend, Isaac. Let me tell you, I had the worst experience of my life.
For spring break, I originally planned to catch up on my sleep, clean, rest and enjoy some much-needed downtime.
However, on the Tuesday during spring break, Isaac told me we had to go to Denver, Colorado, to see his grandfather who is in the hospital with cancer.
Of course, this was fine with me because I had never been to Colorado. I also wanted Isaac to get some time with his family. After all, his job did give him the week off to do so. 
We decided to drive halfway and book a hotel room in Amarillo, so we took off from San Angelo around 5 p.m. that day.
We were excited that we had the opportunito travel and see his family. We listened to music and sang the whole way there. Then once we got an hour from our hotel, it hit us.
Suddenly, it started pouring rain. After a while, we finally arrived at the hotel and realized it was hailing. 
No big deal. 
We got into the hotel and had a good night’s sleep…waking up to 90 mph wind banging on the windows. 
Isaac’s family had been in Denver for a couple of days already at this point. They told us the roads were being closed because of a snowstorm, and that we should stay in Amarillo. 
Eventually, they told us to go ahead and make the trip to Denver because it should be clear by the time we got there. So, we left Amarillo and received four more calls from his family, telling us to stay and then come, and stay and then come. We wasted about an hour driving in circles, so we finally decided to keep going and not turn back.
As we left Amarillo, we saw about 10 trucks flipped over from the wind, which stopped traffic.
We finally got past Oklahoma and started getting into Denver around 4 p.m. where we were met with a storm.
It wasn’t bad until we got about an hour away from Colorado Springs. Our destination was on the other side of Denver, so we still had about three hours to go.
While we were on the highway, my GPS alerted me to a faster route. This is where we messed up.
Along this road, we saw cars piled up along the side with orange tags on them. The cars were already being covered by the snowstorm. It basically looked like dead bodies to me. 
There were no guardrails anywhere and the road had steep drop-offs with lots of curves. 
It started to get dark and we couldn’t see, but we still had 10 miles to go. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re going 5 mph, it takes a while. 
Eventually, we came up to this pile-up of 20 cars all over the road. Everyone was stuck and the storm wasn’t letting up.
Of course, I had to be dramatic and have a panic attack with no cell service to call my mom.
Thankfully, a snowplow came and tried to get everyone out. The driver, Steve, was the only person working that road. It’s a dangerous job, so I’m very grateful for him.
After about two hours of crying and panicking, we finally pulled into Colorado Springs and booked a hotel.
Even though everything turned out okay, it was the most afraid I have ever felt in my life. I thought we were going to wreck, I would pass away, and I wouldn’t see my family or even tell them goodbye. Looking back on it now, the worst that could have happened is if we had gotten stuck. 
Regardless, I am never going back again. I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t just live in good old, dry Texas. 

 

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