Warning: This is a long and convoluted piece.
Arches and Canyonland were wonderful. I got some of the most amazing pictures of the area. It was just the right time of year to be out there, nice in the day and not to cold at night. I hiked all day yesterday and took pictures of as many of the arches as I could. The hiking was great but my feet are tooled. I am looking forward to a couple of days without any heavy duty walking.
Today was long day. I wanted to go to 4 corners and didn't realize that the only way to Denver from there is exactly the way I had just come from. So I left at 7:30 for Four Corners and arrived in Denver at 6:30 ish. It was around 600 miles and 11 hours. That is a long time to sit in a car. The silver lining was the drive once I hit Colorado. It was the most beautiful drive up to this point. Most of I-70 goes right next to the Colorado River, through valley carved out by the river, with snow capped mountains and lushest green fields. I kept thinking I was driving past a golf course only to realize it was just someone land around their house.
Denver is not what I expected. I had heard it was congested and smoggy. It is in fact the opposite (at least right now, I don't know what the summer is like). Green everywhere with the Rockies in the background. The freeways are nice and traffic wasn't bad at all. I am pleasantly surprised. I hope getting to the game tomorrow will be easy. I am really hoping for a bus or a train, but we will see.
So on the way up I realized I have been at this for 3 weeks, so I decided to just put out some random musings.
I have noticed that on the signs that designate food and gas they list Starbucks. Is Starbucks really food?
This will probably make some of you laugh but I think the most important thing I have brought with me so far is my spiral note book. I use it to jot down addresses, phone numbers, directions and of course thoughts. It has helped me out immensely.
I have passed a number of antique shops on the way and think some of them should really say; "Garage Sale" or "Junk", the stuff people will try to sell as antiques is really laughable.
While sitting watching the sunset in the desert I was really amazed at it's austeyr beauty. Sometimes the only sound is the wind. It looks so desolate but underneath it is teaming with life. It is an amazing place. I think that I will have to go back and spend more time.
I wondered if anybody noticed that they featured one of my photos from Bryce on their random photos. I was stoked. It is nice to get some notice.
It is amazing what a smile and some eye contact can do. I have met some of the nicest people on the road. While hiking around I have encountered a number of guys that just fall into step with me and hike a day away and talk like we were old friends. I don't know what "it" is but that kind of sharing makes me grateful to be on this trip. On a side bar, the reception to my tattoos is interesting. When I wear shorts half the time people look down then look away and say nothing and other time they make a deliberate attempt to say hello to me. If I take off my shirt for some reason that really seems to intimidate people. Most just look away, like I am some kind of dangerous convict or something. The social dynamic is fun to watch.
Finally a little rant. What is it with people that drive 4x4 but want to think its a luxury car???? When they slow down for a bump in the road or crawl on a dirt road. It makes no sense to me. Oh well, I will let you all know about the baseball game. I will be loading more of my photos of Arches and Canyonlands on my "myspace" page soon. Enjoy.