Unfortunately, though, in the glow of walking through airports unencumbered and sleeping in until we wanted to, I kind of forgot to take any pictures. Well, I took a few, but considering I used to pop off five rolls of film for a weekend get-together, 30ish digital pictures is kind of sparse.
By the way, the only other time that I remember being photographed by a continental divide sign was when I was 12 years old, and I went to Montana with my Gammy to visit my cousin, Sheri. And I was wearing my favorite purple and maroon tie-dyed shirt, and I was about as grown-up as a girl can be, and it was my favorite picture ever until water overflowed from Mom's ivy pot and ruined the picture. The Sad End.
Then, Friday night, we went to a most glorious get-together with several of the friends in Denver. I completely neglected to take even one blurry, pointless picture. I did have an absolutely wonderful time, though, meeting new people and enjoying the loveliness of being in an area with enough people for a get-together. Of course, we did run into people we knew-- doesn't that always happen? A married couple we knew from Alaska (although they weren't a couple when we knew them!) were there, and it was fun to catch up on some AK news!
Saturday morning, Evan and Tyler went to get bested at hockey by some Canadian ex-pats, while Lisa, Julie and I sat around admiring Ava, going through some hand-me-downs I had brought, and chatting.
Sunday was gospel meeting, and another Alaska reunion-- our elder's wife in Alaska was wheeled into meeting as we were coming in, along with her daughter and her husband, who we went to Wednesday night with, and who have visited us in NY! Leila's granddaughter is in that field this year, so I guess it wasn't that odd that she would be there visiting, it was just so unexpected (and wonderful!) Then out to eat with some folks who lived in Maine when the White kids were teens!
And Monday was for shopping! Tyler had to go to work, so Evan, under great duress (and the fact that he was the only one authorized to drive our rental van) drove us around while we shopped!
Things I Learned About Shopping in Colorado
- Whole Foods ain't that exciting when you already have a Wegman's. Although it was still fun to putter around, and if I was a millionaire, I would totally always buy my cultured butter from pastured cows there.
- New York REALLY needs a Great Harvest Bread Company. We didn't know in Alaska how lucky we were, but our stop there in Colorado reminded us. Even those of us who are trying a wheat-free diet. Maybe ESPECIALLY those of us trying a wheat-free diet.
- I never spend a lot of time in one store. Except for Ikea. I had a lot of fun shopping, albeit it within the constraints of our budget and suitcase diameter.
- Malls give me hives, although the one in Colorado was certainly spiffier than the mall where the kids take their piano lessons here in CNY.
Things I didn't get any pictures of while I was there: Tyler and Julie's house, their dog, their spiffy guest room suite in the basement, our luxury rental van (the doors and rear hatch are automatic! Be still my heart!)...
The most heartbreaking part of my idiocy re: picture taking is that I didn't get any real pictures of Ava. Evan took some on his phone, but I just didn't remember/think to. I did take this one video of her on my iPod Touch so I could send it to the kids. So here is Ava, a movie star that bypassed the still pictures stage.
And that, my friends, is our trip, in few pictures and WAY too many words.