Wednesday, October 22nd 2014. We had packed the boat and truck to the brim with all our worldly possessions. Though, in hind sight, we had much more room than anticipated and probably didn’t need to get rid of quite so much stuff. Around 8 am we left Brian’s brother’s house and hit I-90, heading to Denver and then on to Arches, the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon.
Our first day went smoothly and we made it to just south west of Chicago. We had purchased the entire Chronicles of Narnia as an audiobook (I think it’s something like 25 hours), but we barely touched it on the first day. We were so full of excitement we actually managed to keep a conversation running for the whole 12 hours that we drove. Poor Pebbles was so sore from being in the truck she could barely get out of the vehicle when we finally stopped. The second night we stayed somewhere outside of Grand Island, NE. Driving into Nebraska was my favorite part of the trip. The sky was so big and we managed to hit this amazing purple-red sunset with only fields around us. I had a difficult time keeping my eyes on the road. I’ve never seen a more gorgeous sunset.
Friday night we ended up in Denver and were so tired I ended up asleep around 8pm (of course, with the time difference that was really the more respectable 10pm EST). Saturday we woke up refreshed and with not much to do. We arrived in Denver early enough the night before we had managed to drop off all of our stuff at a family friend’s who had generously offered us the use of her garage. We had even left the boat off at the marine that would be storing it for us over the winter. With not much else to do, we hit up Walmart.
To many people going to Walmart is a normal activity. However, I had not been in a Walmart in over a year and was quite used to the little boutique shops of Europe. I was a tad overwhelmed. We picked up some supplies that we would need over the course of the next week while we were camping.
Sunday morning we hit the road again, bright and early, heading to Arches National Park.