Take Shelter and Watch out for Flying Women on Broomsticks!!!!


You could probably define my shopping patterns to one of a love-hate relationship. I LOVE to get new things; clothes, gifts, SHOES, and things for my home. However, I HATE the actual act of walking around the mall, searching for the unknown. I do almost all of my shopping online, and if I do go to an actual store it is because I know exactly what I want, and I am going to run into the store, pick it up, and run right back out.

What can I say? It's just not my thing.

However, on the rare occasion, I am either dragged out shopping by friends or I am so board it sounds like a good idea. "Sounds Like" is the key phrase here, because it really never is a good idea, as proved to me once again on my last visit to Colorado Springs.

Having traveled out to Colorado with my husband for work I had grand ideas of laying by the pool, soaking up the sun, and reading. Maybe I would go for a run or hike through The Garden of the Gods. Shopping however was absolutely not on the list.

But when it came time to relax in the sun, the weather decided to be extremely rude and not cooperate. I left my home and gorgeous 90 degree weather to arrive in Colorado with it being 70 degrees outside  and thunderstorms all around.

So I suppose laying by the pool and reading was definitely out and something else was now going to make its way onto my list of things to do.

Now, when I do go shopping, it is only for a short period of time, as an hour is almost more than I can handle. And, I always choose places to go that have the few stores that I like. I am a creature of habit and unlike others who like to go in stores just because, that is not me. I only go in the ones I like and only because there is a possibility I will find something.

So after looking outside and realizing that shopping was quickly climbing the list of things to do that stormy day, I found an outlet mall not too far from where I was staying and decided to make my way there. They had several stores I like and I figured I could pass a little time.

Even though when I left the hotel it was just cloudy and beginning to get dark as I was driving I could see the thunderstorms moving closer.  I watched the sky become darker and darker as I approached my destination. And just as I pulled into the parking lot it began to rain. No, it began to pour.

But hey, I am from Oregon so a little rain won't make me melt. In fact, I actually like the rain, and I had to smile knowing the crowds of people would be running for home, leaving me to shop in peace.

I quickly made my way from my car to the covered sidewalks and began walking up and down the rows of stores. Even as the rain came harder the lightening moved closer, and the wind picked up,  I enjoyed the quiet that surrounded me. Apparently everyone else thought they were going to melt.

Or at least that is what I thought.

As I walked down one of the covered paths between stores, this lady steps out of the Dress Barn and says "you have got to come in and take shelter!"

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Carrie Dahle

Travel Writer 


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