Monday, January 10, 2011

View From The Road

We've just come back from a few days in Denver, Colorado. Peter had a conference and the dogs and I went along to keep him company. I was going to get all sorts of things done while I was there. I actually managed to get through 2 murder mysteries, dark psycho thriller works with deep meaning and great literary value. My taxes and plans for the year did not see their way out of their carefully packed files. There's always tomorrow for that. Those novels needed to be read.

Saturday we drove up to Central City, not so much for the destination but more for the drive. Central City is more or less completely filled with casinos which could be fun if you like that sort of thing. The drive is beautiful and a very short little day trip out of Denver. We used to take this same drive when I was a child when we'd come out to visit my Auntie and cousins.

 We left on Sunday morning. It was snowing. I have no photos leaving Denver. I was busy helping Peter drive. You know, braking, holding my breath, praying we would drive out of the snow before hitting Colorado Springs or at least New Mexico.

I like the view from the window in New Mexico. I like that there are these low eroded mountains in the distance. I like topographic relief. I would have liked some on our drive up to Denver through the Texas panhandle and eastern Colorado. I have no photos of the drive up. One photo would have served to represent the entire 9 hour drive. Grass, nothing but brown grass, on some of the flattest land I have ever seen. And that is saying a lot given I live in West Texas and I thought this was flat. I was so excited when we would see the occasional herd of cows or gathering of antelopes. But I could have used a hill or just a little turn or twist in the road. It was very much like driving for hours but not really going anywhere. I think surreal with a bit of Texas Chain Saw Masacre imagery thrown in pretty much sums up where my mind was during this part of the trip.

Aw, but even in New Mexico the landscape flattens out, really flattens out. But then there is the occasional extinct volcano to provide a little variety.


Are we there yet, Mum? Just about darling. Just a few more miles.


EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Lovely photos! Yes, I remember those drives through Texas, the long, long, long road with nothing to look at. I hope the animal children, and of course you, had fun.

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I hope you had fun! Your doggie is so cute!!! That one photo is very The Hills Have Eyes looking.
Shannon C

windrock studio said...

Hey Leann, you should see it now! It snowed ALL day yesterday, we got about 7". Today was so beautiful & white, the sky was blue, the sun was bright ... til early afternoon. Then it went all gray again, will get down to -9 or so tonight, almost enough to make me miss west texas!
Take care down there,

Judy said...

I am glad you had a good trip. I am with you and like to see some topographic relief, If I don't I then start imagining that the clouds are mountains, I get very confused....
As kids we always went on Sunday drives (I was the kid that always got car sick!)With four kids in the back seat my Dad was always saying "If I have to reach back there, someone's in trouble" Anyway I am glad your back seat passenger enjoyed her trip.

stregata said...

Glad you had a good trip. As I am used to travelling in Europe, where the countryside changes all the time, I can hardly imagine going for hours in a straight line and the landscape not changing... sounds very surreal to me.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Does sound like a treadmill, but it's infinitely better than freeways & tangled interchanges. Living on the fringes of a metropolitan antbed has it's own set of drawbacks.