California to Denver
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Lemme tell you what, I have COVERED some ground in the last 4 days! 10-hour days most every day. I am, quite possibly, sick of driving. Maybe. :)
So, I actually managed to enjoy
The drive from there to
Had a great evening with my friends. Phyllis and Rich are friends I met while we all worked at Arthur Andersen in
Tuesday, it was up and out early. West across
There aren't a lot of towns (maybe....4?) in the couple hundred miles across. You can go 200 or so miles without seeing a tree. I still loved it.
Spent the night in Ely. Lovely sunset.
Next morning, headed out to
And THEN I hit the part that looks just like the post cards. Valleys and gulleys and dramatic landscapes of red rocks and striated worn-down mountains and it was just SO cool! Oh, yeah, I took lots of pictures!
Then it wound down to some flat-ish bits and got kinda boring again (that is, all the cool moutain-y parts were in the distance). Then I drove into
Now, it surprises me that landscapes would actually change when you cross state lines because I've always found state lines to be somewhat arbitrary. But within 10 miles of crossing into
Made it into Glenwood Springs, which is a pretty little town. Found the hostel, despite the fact that the woman at the front desk couldn't give directions for beans. Explain to me why people who work in lodgings (hotels, etc.) are often the WORST at giving directions to their place of business? I often hear "well, gosh, I'm not sure how to get here from the interstate because I don't come to work that way" or something similar. I can't possibly be the first person who's called them to ask for directions....
Anyways, the hostel was more of the "funky" variety. Multi-hued, more foreign guests (many doing the hiking/biking
From there, the next day, it was only a 3-hour drive into
The poor ol' Jeep had the most trouble with the mountains coming into
And then you come down the side of the
I'm staying with Jeff's cousin, Kathy, who is a trip. A nurse practitioner, a triathlete, and an all-around fun person. We met Jeff at the airport after lunch. Yes, it was wonderful to see him again. We've both missed each other a lot. We both find that what we miss most is the hanging out and shooting-the-breeze parts of being together. So, that's what we're doing today, mostly, is just hanging out together. Will probably actually venture forth later to check out this great bookstore we've heard about, The Tattered Cover (isn't that a great name for a bookstore?).
We went out last night with a bunch of Kathy's friends. We had a great time, many margaritas because I didn't have to drive the next day!!! :) They're all athletes of one kind or another. I gotta say, there's some damned cute guys in
Kathy lives in a quiet neighborhood with lots of dogs, trees, and parks. The weather couldn't be more perfect. This is a bit of down time that was sorely needed. I've been enjoying seeing everything I've seen but I'm a bit tired of the time behind the wheel.
Tomorrow, I drive to Estes Park to meet some DC and MN girlfriends for our annual weekend of hiking, affectionately known as The Estrogen Event (EE 6, in this case). We'll spend the weekend in the
So, stay tuned! You'll probably hear from me again along about next Wednesday. To all my DC friends, stay safe, however the heck that happens these days. I'm thinking of all of you.