Monday, September 18, 2006

Trip Day 3 and 4

Right... so I'm cramming two days into one. I had to choose between working last night and blogging, and (sadly) work has to win out occasionally.

But now, the blogging!

/Insert:/ To those of you with modems (mowhat?), I apologize for the massive array of photos. As it is, I've only included a small selection of my favourites.

We're just all settling into our hotel in a little place called Cortez in the southwest corner of Colorado. Well, it's not the ACTUAL corner - we went there earlier today to a little place called the Four Corners. Upon arrival to the little stamp on the group we all picked up three more states (that's Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, for those of you who aren't familiar with the geography of the western states). This brings my total to somewhere around 38 (?), my father's to somewhere around 42 (plus/minus a couple), and Kai's total to 14. Not bad for a three-year-old. As for me, I'm going to need to plan a trip to Alaska, the Dakotas, and Arkansas somday, because I don't think they're going to happen naturally.

All in all, the Four Corners was fun. Kai and I even did Ring Around the Rosy on the little survey marker. We got to try frybread, of which we'd only recently heard (thanks Alton Brown), and I've seen more desert and buttes than I've ever seen before (which was almost none.) Just wait, though - there are more deserts to come!

Yesterday's adverturing was a little more exciting, albeit a little longer. We did something that my father has reportedly been wanting to do for over 30 years: D&SNGRR (the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.) I think we all lived the trip vicariously through Kai, who was wide-eyed every time we turned a corner and he got a glimpse of the engine... And even though the trip was 3 1/2 hours each way, with mom and dad dragging him from shop to shop for nearly the entire 2 hours we spent in the town of Silverton, he was a trooper. (I think we're on day 4 with no nap!)

All in all, good fun was had by all!


Megan Kelly said...

Hey Becky!
Do you know I've never posted on a blog before? I hope I get it right...
I'm so excited you're out there in the southwest corner of CO! We did that with our girls last year. We are all about seeing new things as long as we are here within driving range to see them.
I was just thinking that I'm really glad that we have friends that like to see stuff like this too. I'm shocked and appalled at how many CO natives have never even heard of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge. And we're keeping track of how many states we've seen as family too. I say that we all start planning now to check off Hawaii together- the girls haven't been yet!

Becky said...

Megan and Scott - you guys are so sweet! And I'm so happy you commented! (See... it's easy.)

As for Hawaii, I'm quite likely going to be going there next year on my way to a field study (if all goes well, and I am still working.) Who knows - maybe we could all meet there for a little trip!