I hardly ever go anywhere, other than to work, the grocery store and back home again. But in the past two weeks I ended up taking two separate road trips, one for pleasure and one for family business. It was good to get out and “see the world” a bit (but really, there’s no place like home.)
As with most of our trips, they end up being somewhat like restaurant reviews, and since joining the Foodtography group on Flickr my attention is often on capturing images of interesting plates. So this blog post is not much about knitting or crocheting (only managed to knit one lonely sock) but more a travelogue of scenery and delicious taste treats.
The pleasure trip with DH was a 3-day weekend spent in Glenwood Springs and the Maroon Bells wilderness area outside Aspen, Colorado. We visited the Glenwood Springs Adventure Park (which I didn’t even know existed) and took the fascinating Glenwood Caverns cave tour. Amazing wonders underground, as well as some bizarre amusement rides above, like this Canyon Swing (no way!):
I was amazed that my camera picked up images from the cave tour:
The next day we headed to Maroon Bells, one of the most beautiful places on earth (and one of the most photographed). In fall, it is even more spectacular:
One of our favorite destinations for breakfast before heading out to the Maroon Bells area is a stop at The Village Smithy in Carbondale, CO:
Once in the Maroon Bells wilderness area, we hiked the loop trail and enjoyed photo opportunities at every point along the way:
When this pleasure trip was over, I had only enough time to do laundry and repack for the next trip, which was unplanned but necessary to help take care of some family business. DM and I hit the road for a 6-day trip southwest through Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada to Las Vegas (no time for fun, we were too busy accomplishing many tasks that had to be done in less than 3 days!) But we did enjoy some pretty scenery and good eating along the way:
Somewhat by accident, we ended up eating at DH’s fave place in all the world: In-N-Out Burger (this one was in St. George, Utah). DH wasn’t able to accompany us on the trip and was sad that he didn’t get to eat his favorite burger (there aren’t any In-N-Outs in Colorado).
One of the most popular places we visited for breakfast and lunch was the Eggworks in Las Vegas, a virtual hubbub of activity all the time most likely because the food is good and they give you lots of it!:
While in Las Vegas, DM showed me two of her favorite sites: Red Rock Casino/Grand Cafe restaurant/pool area and Mystic Falls Park inside Sam’s Town:
We didn’t have any time to relax by the pool, but did enjoy a delicious meal at the cafe and later on spent a few moments in the calming indoor oasis.
On the trip home, we stopped at the River Terrace Inn restaurant in Green River, Utah, with this view outside our window. We were delighted with some fantastic Mexican food to restore us after a long drive, finished off with cooling chocolate ice cream which we shared before hitting the road again:
Since I’m a tea drinker, it was pleasant to have a little (very little) down time on the trip to sip a refreshing glass of iced tea at both the Grand Cafe and the River Terrace Inn:
as well as a mugful of hot tea at breakfast at The Original Pancake House in Las Vegas:
Now that I’m back home, it feels great to be able to sit in a comfy chair (instead of a cramped car), unwind with a cuppa, and review photo memories of our trips. But most of all I look forward to returning to knitting, crocheting & creating new Designs by KN patterns as soon as I get reoriented to being a homebody again.
If you’re headed out on a road trip too, here’s wishing you safe travels!