Headed West – Again Day 2

5 Sep

I sit here on the deck of a cabin overlooking the Big Thompson River. As rivers go it’s not that big, so maybe Thompson’s folks just named their child “Big.” Parents are likely to do anything. Just ask Frank’s girl Moon Unit and Kanye’s boy North.
Lee and I began this morning in a hotel in Atlanta, overlooking Virginia Avenue. A few hours later we had crossed the Mississippi River and Delta, the Ozarks Mountains, the Flint Hills of Kansas (and probably Lucas), the Great Plains and arrived in Denver. By the way, if you have not been to Denver since they built a new airport, you may be in for a surprise. The airport is so far to the north and east of town, that landings look like they are taking place in some rancher’s pasture.
Unbelievably, getting our luggage and rental car took less than half an hour. By noon Mountain Time we were driving through Denver, which, by the way, had temperatures of around 95.
We took the Peak-to-Peak Highway from Central City, Colorado to Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park.

Yellow coneflowers

Yellow coneflowers

The first part of the road was less than exciting, but the last 30 miles or so, as we approached and then ran beside RMNP, were amazing. I learned why they call them Rocky Mountains.
Long's Peak

Long’s Peak

Tonight the temperature is supposed to be in the 50’s – we’re over 8000 feet up. Tomorrow we go up another 4000 feet or so.
We have lost some things. Lee shipped a box with our boots, jackets and a few other items, to where we are staying tonight. The USPS has now informed us that the box is in the lost package warehouse — somewhere. Suffice it to say, no boots, no jackets for us until we return to Calhoun. What the heck, we were not going to climb rock walls anyway.


One Response to “Headed West – Again Day 2”

  1. Kathryn Sproull September 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Can’t believe the postal service lost your box of stuff! Hope you don’t need it and that you’ll get it back before you ever do. Other than that, sounds like a good trip so far…enjoying the blog, as always.

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