A visit with friends

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I knew that I should have written a blog entry last Thursday (November 1), right after we arrived in Louisville, Colorado, so that the memories of the day's travel would be fresh in my mind.  But I got caught up in the fun of catching up with old friends and getting essentials out of the camper for a three-day stay and didn't do it.  Now I have dig back into my memory.

Not that the visuals are far away. Western Colorado proved to be as spectacular as eastern Utah had been the day before. There were two features that stuck out most for me.  One was (again, surprise, surprise) rock formations.  These were mostly sort of a cream color with touches of brighter yellow and red, and then some of them had trees growing in/on them.  They were tall, some of them as big as the ones we saw at Arches, and massive, and stood alone --  not part of a mountain or chain of hills. The really odd thing was that they were scattered about in great profusion. I haven't beenable to ome up with an appropriate similie to give you the picture. 

 The other startling view was an expansive one that reminded me of the Grand Canyon. Not quite as dramatic in color, depth or density, but I never expected to see anything that was in any way comparable to the Grand Canyon anywhere, never mind driving along a major interstate highway.

At any rate, we arrived in Louisville, Colorado, between Boulder and Denver, around 5 on Thursday afternoon. we were treated to Bill's homemade beef stew, a glass of wine and an evening of relaxed conversation. Over the next three days, Marcy and I walked, went to a yoga class, tried on clothes (weeding out closets), shopped, talked, hiked, talked... you get the picture. We all also ate, talked and visited an amazing place called NCAR (National Center For Atmospheric Research), where we could touch a cloud and a tornado and make wind shift so we could see how the shift affected the shape of the sand it was blowing over.

I haven't mentioned everything we did, but I hope I've conveyed the message that it was a busy and fun-filled three days.
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