Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On the road again...

Well, yesterday I embarked on a two week long road trip.  I am traveling with a good friend and my best friend's teenage daughter.  Weird combo, yes, but we are having so much fun.  After a quick stop in Dumas, Texas (and yes, we decided it was pronounced Dumbass) we were finally out of Texas after 11 hours of driving. 
As we ventured into New Mexico, we saw what we thought were low lying clouds.  As we got closer. and saw the orange hues of said "clouds"  we decided it was smoke.  After a quick google, it turns out that the stretch of interstate that we were about to be taking into Colorado was closed due to a raging wildfire.  We stopped for dinner to regroup, and lucky for us the small town diner was filled with lawmen so we asked them what our options were.  A kind sheriff from Union County, NM escorted us on a backroad into Colorado where we detoured and spent the night.  We were so blown away by his kindness that when we return we will be writing letters to the sheriff's office to thank them!

It's thrown a bit of a delay to our trip, not to mention kept us on the road a few hours longer than planned for day one, but we are in one piece.

Normally I am not a nature girl. but I am just in awe of the scenery - the hills, the vastness.  Today I will see the Rocky Mountains for the first time.  I am so giddy that it's sickening!  We've only been in the hotel for about 7 hours but I can't wait for everyone to wake up so we can get moving!

Today's agenda:  Garden of the Gods, Denver Hard Rock Cafe
Travel Goal: Somewhere in Wyoming
Tomorrow:  Devil's Tower, Deadwood, Sturgis, Mount Rushmore

Life is GRAND, y'all.  Hope you are doing well. 


  1. Oh my goodness! What an epic road trip! I can't believe you made it all the way to Colorado on the first day. Keep the pictures coming, please!

  2. Wow! That's one heck of a fire! Scary!