Archive for November, 2008 Page 2 of 2
This is the conclusion of Road Trip 2008 coverage.
Dead deer: 11
Live deer: 4
Slushies: 4 (2 watermelon, 1 lime, 1 blue)
Times my ears popped in Colorado: Many
Herd of Elk: 2 (one huge male just feet away from my car window)
Purchased Elk Jerky: 1
Buffalo or Bison: none
Buffalo sculptures we thought were real Buffalo: 2
Times Robyn fell on mountain rocks: 2
Geographical Markers: 1 (center of the United States in Kansas)
Cheapest hotel room scored by yours truly: $45 talked down from $54
Most expensive hotel room: $71 talked down from $71
Number of states covered: 6 (Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas)
Cows we saw in Nebraska the Steak State: Bajillions
Food we ate while on the road: Friedastic
Rest stops where Erica had to pee: every 30 miles
Gnomes stickers I left as graffiti: 4
Percentage of children trick or treating on the streets in Loveland, CO: 100%
Largest in the World attractions viewed: 3 (Ball of Twine, Truck Stop, Rocking Chair)
New hats I bought: 2
Times we heard Pink’s song So What, ya know that song that says “I’m still a rock star”:
Times the GPS lead us to locations that no longer existed: Infuriatingly-scads
<>Miles covered: over 2,500
flat tires, accidents, overheated engines, speeding tickets: ZERO!
Still on the road. Today we visited the world’s largest ball of twine. Apparently there is a lot of controversy over this ball in Kansas and another ball of twine in Minnesota. Read more about it here.
A really great addition to the ball itself was the artwork that decorated the downtown windows. The artist added the ball of twine to great masterpieces.
I just realized I have two more pictures I wanted to share from my trip.
Above was a tree I found at a park right outside the Rocky Mountain National Park. It has initials carved into it and I just thought it looked interesting.
And while we have been driving there have been some very long stretches with not much to look at so I’ve been working on this scarf. It’s just a poly yarn, but the cool thing about it is that each skein of yarn contains one recycled plastic bottle in it. It’s pretty soft yarn and I love the color.
I’m in a hotel just inside the Kansas border right now. The hotel front desk had a sign prominently displayed saying “Attention Hunters: no cleaning your birds or guns in hotel rooms.” So far, two unrelated people have already told us “That’s Kansas for you”.
Yesterday, Erica’s sister escorted us through Estes Park and some great spots in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I climbed rocks, I was a mini mountain climber. This was the perfect time to visit because the trees are all as gold as gold can be. In a couple locations I was inspired to play my art group’s game WWAGD? or What Would Andy Goldsworthy Do? Even Erica and Kris got in on it and created their own rock art pieces as well. Here are mine above and below.
Today we left Loveland and drove to the Royal Gorge for an historical train ride. It was beautiful weather and once again the colors were amazing.
Monday we will be driving through Kansas and Missouri possibly hitting up such great sights as The Largest Ball of Twine.