May 18


Day 5. Where are we?  Some place in Utah. Second Grandson joined our traveling  team. We then made a three hour detour to pick up our daughter from her mountain home. Going there , we gained elevation , snow and a sign that said, " Don't be fooled. There are 7 more miles of steep roads." We went through a tunnel and crossed the Continental Divide for the first time. Near Golden Colorado we passed the Colorado School of Mining and they had the most spectacular building that I have seen . It was divided into two parts with a joining center , another whole building, made of glass that let you see right through it to the mountains. You could see this as you drove past on the highway. When I am not traveling I will look up the architect. Utah is a magnificent state. These states just get better and better. What I don't like so much is that I didn't like the twisting,sharp turns and the fact that some times we were stuck behind these tanker trucks that had trouble making it up the steep inclines . But then , my 2006 car slowed some , too. The mountains are breathe taking. Some were covered in greenery and were shaped like a pleated skirt. Some were cathedral like. You can feel the spirituality just driving between them. Some of the roads meander right between mountains on both sides of you.  Many still had a lot of snow on them. There was snow in some fields and it even snowed on us ,twice. It also rained. It also was sunny. It also was so cold that I had to put a sweater on Noodle at a rest stop. My Grandson was wearing shorts.. foolish boy. We saw sheep, goats, alpaca's ,cows, horses,prong horns,( sometimes called   antelopes) dead deer, bulls,and we think beefalo.  There were a lot of babies. The birthing cycle said it was spring and time for new babies to be born. Cattle ranching is big out here. You don't see a few cows in a field, you see hundreds of cows in a field. We  have gone about 2300  plus miles. And the drive is easy. We have been on highways 34, 191,80, 84,70 . I think that is it. Everything is well marked,the roads are good,rest stops clean and attractive. You should take a road trip.! I have been to a small number of places, Europe, Africa, some states in the US, but traveling across country ,  at ground level and  seeing how much land we have, how few people inhabit some of this vacant land ,mountains, rushing creeks, reservoirs ,rock formations that are breath taking, very small towns that  are trying to exist, makes this a reality check for me. I am one lucky dude.

Write a new comment: (Click here)

Characters left: 160
DONE Sending...
See all comments

| Reply

Latest comments

04.07 | 08:10

I read the last page first too. It’s a family curse.

22.05 | 08:38

so glad youre here mom!

29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

You liked this page