Our trip to Denver was supposed to be a non-event.  We even left a little later to arrive when Jen was home.   It’s a beautiful ride on I70 from Grand Junction through Glenwood Canyon where the Colorado river flows right next to the highway.

Just 1 1/2 hrs. from Denver we came to a dead stop.  Nothing was moving.  We went about 5 miles in 1 hour.  After all the discussions about pros and cons traveling in a motor home I now realize the ultimate benefit of having a bathroom handy when you need one!

When the traffic finally started moving we passed an area where a cleanup had occurred.  Later we learned that a truck full of grapes overturned.  It made a bloody mess!

When we finally arrived at Jen’s we were so ready for dinner and margaritas!

We spent 4 fabulous days with Jen and Bill. They introduced us to some new dining spots. We also saw a concert at Red Rocks – Lyle Lovett for the 3rd year in a row!

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Tailgating before the concert

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Getting ready for the show

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Robert Earl Keen opened the show. He was great! He and Lyle are old Texas buddies. REK came out several times and played with Lyle.

Dale Chihuly Exhibit - Denver Botanical Gardens
Our last night in Denver was drizzly and chilly but we still wanted to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens. It was well worth seeing at night when the sculptures are lit.

Dale Chihuly Exhibit - Denver Botanical Gardens

Dale Chihuly Exhibit - Denver Botanical Gardens

Dale Chihuly Exhibit - Denver Botanical Gardens
This isn’t a very good picture but the sculpture was massive and teeming with curly glass flames

Sadly it was time to head back east. We decided to head straight for home and take the shortest route. That made for 2 long driving days and 2 uninspiring stops – Kansas City and Nashville. We’ll have to visit them again to see the sights.

Bailey perches on the suitcase
Bailey does well in the car. This trip he decided that a perch on the suitcase was comfortable

We were happy to make an unplanned stop in Ellijay, GA to visit Skip’s sister, Nancy, for one night. She and husband Don live up in the mountains of Georgia full of lush forests and curvy, steep roads. It was so much fun to see them and take a break from driving.

Kitty? What kitty?
Kitty? What kitty?

We made it home with 1 more long day of driving. What a great trip! I especially enjoyed spending time with family. After helping Jen with a few projects she said that we could start a reality TV show where we drive around the country and help family and friends redecorate!

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