Not much going on today, but if you’re interested in seeing all the pictures I took during my trip to the Rockies, just click on the rainbow below to see the entire collection on Flickr.
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Blogging is going to be light to keep myself from breaking down and crying for Mommy to help me. I knew as soon as I had to tear myself away from Devil’s Tower that 2 weeks wasn’t nearly enough for a trip of this magnitude. There were things I wanted to see in Custer, South Dakota too after visiting Mount Rushmore, but I’ve had to painfully defer them for a future visit. It’s frustrating because as much as I desire to return to give a region the attention it deserves, for all I know I may never actually visit that region again due to the random circumstances of life.
Ah well, I can’t fret about that now. I have a date today with Yellowstone, then a one night breather at Jackson. After that I’ll have to make a decision. The trip is already starting to exhaust me from all the solo driving, and though I still plan to visit Salt Lake City for Thursday, I have to decide whether to go full steam ahead to the Grand Canyons (a 500 mile jaunt) from there, or… swing east and head back to Colorado, specifically Grand Junction. If I do that I’ll have three days to spend before I’d need to arrive at Ouray.
Not sure what to do yet. Grand Canyons, or back to Colorado sooner than expected?
In the meantime, here’s a shot I took while driving on one of the Wyoming highways. For me it’s a reminder of why the open road is such a wonderful place to be.
How do I know Yellowstone will finally erupt and engulf all of North America next week? Because I’ll be there.
I figure around this time next week I will have finally arrived at Yellowstone for the first time ever. I plan to enter from the east (obviously) and on the advice of one traveling veteran head north towards Mammoth Springs on Grand Loop Road before making my way down south via the Geyser basins. I heard Old Faithful is not all it’s cracked up to be but the basins alone were worth the trip.
By the way, any suggestions on what to see while I’m in Yellowstone/Grand Tetons? Let me know in the comments.
The journey of a thousand miles as they say begins with the first step. In my case of course, it begins with the first blog post.
Visiting the Rockies has been a dream of mine ever since I was a wee lad prancing my way to grade school to the tune of Bananarama. The mountains beckoned and called out to me from the moment I first read about them, but alas I was too young to do anything about it.
Even now I still dream of a time when I could live in a contemporary log cabin nestled somewhere deep in the forests of the Rockies, with my half-wolf/half-dog named Caleb and a smokin’ hottie cowgirl of a wife to keep me company. As remote as our home might be too, it is just near enough to civilization that we can still come down the mountains for a delicious brew of coffee and pastries at our favorite cafe. Ah to dream…
In fact just before I graduated from college I applied to every Colorado based job I could find, the last being a job as a forensic computer guy for the Boulder Police Department (yes THAT Boulder Police Department.) I eventually came in sixth though in a pool of, well, six applicants. Ah well. After that letdown, I would plunge into a dark period of unemployment before I would eventually land my first job. Boulder had killed the dream.
But now that I’m an adult, debt free and gainfully employed (for the moment,) I have a unique opportunity to finally answer the call of the mountains after so, so many years of waiting.
I’m still not 100% sure I’m going through with this though, partly because of the recent upheaval at my job and partly because I may be forced to move before the year is up. If that’s the case I have to set aside a significant amount of money just to ensure I’ll be able to move with minimal problems. Thanks to the cesspool that is Long Island’s real estate market, just to move from one apartment to another can run me more than $5,000 (and that’s not including furniture I’d need to buy either.) The rest of my assets is tied up in gold, BUT, I should still have enough left to make a two week trip doable even if I do move. Maybe. I’ll know for sure once I hit my 35th birthday.
You know what would be even better than merely visiting the Colorado Rockies though? How about visiting the Rockies, AND the Grand Canyons, AND Yellowstone Park, AND Devils Tower, AND Mount Rushmore?
Why yes, I am in fact planning to do exactly all this, beginning the last week of September this fall.
After contemplating whether to drive or fly, I decided flying would be best as I’d be able to cover more ground in less time. I also decided to pick Denver as my base city, as I’d like to spend an extra day sightseeing in downtown Denver before I embark on my road trip. Here’s a rough itinerary of what my trip would look like:
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The only thing I know for sure at this point is that I’d be landing in Denver, where I’d pick up my rental and spend an extra day in the city before driving on. I’ve already changed the itinerary to avoid I-85 in favor of Route 285, which I’m told is a truly spectacular drive, whereas I-85 is pretty boring in comparison. It would also cut the need to shoot through New Mexico and Albuquerque on my way to the Canyons. I’m sure it will change yet again as I receive more advice and suggestions on what to visit and what road to take, but that’s pretty much the gist of it.
I also have to decide whether I should do two weeks or three, because as much as I want to take three weeks off for this adventure, I just may not have the financial resources to do so. Again, that’s something else I’ll have to wait and see about.
In the meantime, I appreciate any recommendations and help on planning this trip, including places to visit, cost saving measures, and of course, above all else, the best place to get steak. :-D
I was thinking about photo scanning some of my old photos from back in the days when having an IBM computer was still considered cool. After digging through some of my things, I happened across a picture of myself taken during my 18th birthday. Ahhh, I was so vibrant and full of life then. Full of hopes and dreams for the future, you know, before the world sat on my head, crushed my spirit, and urinated over all my dreams like a dog on a hydrant.
Now that I’m close to middle-aged, I realized that I have achieved precisely NOTHING of what I had set out to accomplish after I graduated high school. I never moved out of New York. I never found the career I was looking for. I never met a girl. I never got married. I never had kids. I never even got to see the Rockies. I am still basically living the same life I lived when I was a teenager, except with more money to spend.
On the upside, at least I got to experience eating a fried twinkie.
But still, I hate that I haven’t really begun to live. Not really through any fault of my own though, as my life was derailed by awful circumstances caused by evil men and women (but mostly women). I’m only now trying to pick up the pieces and live the kind of life I’ve always wanted to live.
And I think it’s time I worked to fulfill one dream: visiting the Colorado Rockies. I’m planning to make that my next trip this fall, enjoying the spectacular fall foliage as I drive through the mountains and experience the wonders of nature where it’s not polluted by smelly, disgusting humans. I might even try to include a mini road-trip to Yellowstone Park as well. The only thing I know for sure is that if I fly, I’ll land at Denver and go from there. If I decide to road trip it, I’ll have to figure out if such an endeavor is doable within the span of 3-4 weeks. I’d have to take a lot of time off work, and although I enjoyed my last road trip I HATED the fact that I was on a deadline, and had to be back in New York in time to return to work. Most of the trip felt rushed because of it. Still, I liked the autonomy of hitting the roads, so it’s something I’ll be contemplating.
What do you think: drive or fly?
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