Please indulge me and excuse this new post, I know it is not beauty related but it did help me appreciate the beauty that is in my own backyard…so to speak.
I was contacted on behalf of GM and asked if I’d like to drive a car from their fleet for a few days. I would be given a full tank of gas and the keys to do as I chose and just enjoy the car. How could I say no to that? I picked this sexy beast of a car, the Cadillac ATS, and opted for a couple quick, local getaways instead of a long road trip.
Until a few months ago, I drove a 2005 Hyundai Accent that I abused horribly. I would probably still be driving it if I didn’t mind living with the anxiety that the car could die on me at any moment because let’s face it, not having a car payment is amazing…opens up the budget for more beauty products. 😉
Then I bought a 2009 Toyota Corolla and it seemed like the mother of all upgrades at the time. From manual windows to power windows and power locks, I felt like I was finally driving an adult car… That is until I got behind the wheel of the ATS, my mind was blown. It was fully loaded and jam packed with features I couldn’t even imagine wanting but now am longing to have again.
The features in this car amazing; the one I liked the most was the heads-up pop-up display on the windshield. I always knew how fast I was going or what song was playing on the radio. The easy Bluetooth integration was a breeze to setup and use. As I had a little time with this Cadillac, I decided to go on a few trips with it. I went north to Mount Vernon, WA to check out the Tulip Festival then east to check out Snoqualmie Falls, which I’m embarrassed to say was my first time there being a Seattle native. On each trip, the ATS handled amazingly well and was super comfortable for myself and the friends and family riding with me on each trip.
My first trip was to Mount Vernon, WA for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with my family. This festival is something I mean to do every year but always end up putting it off for one reason or another. With the warm winter we had, the tulips started blooming earlier than normal so we were right at the end of their life span but there was still plenty of gorgeous tulips to take in.
I had no idea there were so many different varieties of tulips. My favorite is the Freeman tulip, with its ruffled edges, it reminds me a peony but only with more vibrant color.
To stand in a field of tulips like this and take in all that vibrant color around you is just so uplifting. You can’t help but have a smile on your face.
The next day we headed east and went to Snoqualmie Falls. As someone who was raised in Seattle, to not have visited the falls before is a bit of a travesty especially considering how close this is.
We started at the Snoqualmie Falls park and walked along the trail taking the view in. The falls are breathtaking and not even in full swing here, I’m definitely going back to see the falls in all their glory.
One thing I’m very grateful for is the curiosity my time with the Cadillac ATS has instilled in me. These getaways were quick and both about an hour outside of Seattle. What else have I missed out on that is right in my backyard? My Corolla and I will definitely find out and explore.
The Cadillac ATS drove like a dream. The way it handled on curves and at higher speeds was impressive. When I got the ATS on the freeway and really let her rip, I felt the power in the ATS immediately. She is just so powerful and you really feel that when you accelerate, it picks up and goes instantly. The ride is just so smooth.
It is also quite possibly the most comfortable car I have ever been in. As a driver, you are totally catered to with lumbar support and every feature right at your fingertips. The same is also true as a passenger. From individual temperature controls to the seats themselves, riding in the Cadillac ATS is like riding in your own personal cocoon. The seat just cradles you and wraps you up in it.
The Cadillac was picked up a week ago today and when I got back into my Corolla, I instantly missed the ATS and was almost disappointed in my car lack of cool features. It has definitely given me a lot of think about when the time to upgrade comes around…which may be a little sooner than previously planned now. 🙂