The West Quest: Colorado

Well, we're over a week into this thing I'm calling #thewestquest2015 and I must say it's been pretty amazing thus far.  From sand dunes, to trips to New Mexico, to meeting amazing people it's kept us busy.  

We started off in Colorado in our little red Hyundai that I christened Flash, the car that could.  Let's just say he doesn't have a ton of get-go, but he's still functioning after all those Colorado mountain roads so I'd say he's a real trooper!

The mountains in Colorado are incredible.

The mountains in Colorado are incredible.

Views from the Garden of the Gods. 

Views from the Garden of the Gods. 

We also spent a lovely day in Denver.  I picked up a copy of Hannah Brencher's If You Find This Letter (Thus far I adore this book) at a cute little book store, ate a delicious meal at Noodle's and Company, and met a delightful lady who told us all about the Oxford Hotel.  Be looking out for that story soon!

Little readers in The Tattered Cover bookstore.

Little readers in The Tattered Cover bookstore.

A random stylish man on the bus.

A random stylish man on the bus.

A man and his dog. 

A man and his dog. 

If you ever happen to be passing through Colorado, you absolutely have to go to Sand Dunes National Park.  It is by far my favorite place we have been on this trip---even if its discovery was mainly due to having to backtrack when I took us to New Mexico.  Oops.  You see those dunes back there? They're the highest in North America.  Right about now, the snow is still melting off the mountains so there is a mini "river" that people come and play in like they're at the beach.  Honestly, I think it's all rather epic. 

Unfortunately, it started to rain while we were exploring the outskirts of the dunes.  So, I did my rain dance. It probably didn't help stop the rain. #sorrynotsorry

We stayed in the cutest little motel at Mesa Verde.  The retro sign really made the place. 

You see those dwellings down there? That's right. People lived in those!

You see those dwellings down there? That's right. People lived in those!

When you see an awesome looking train sitting in the middle of a field, you pull over on the highway as fast as you can and run (high-knee style) through said field, dodging grasshoppers for a picture.  Yes, grasshoppers.  Nasty little things. But, I mean, look at that train! 

After a long day in the wind and the rain I collected quite a few unintentional dread locks.  Though fun, I can't say I'd want them permanently!

And thus concludes the Colorado portion of our trip.  Be on the look out for our stories about all the interesting people we have met in the next couple of posts!   I promise they'll be worth waiting for!