Miles Driven: 435
While driving the I-70 from Moab into Colorado, we paid tribute with mom’s old John Denver tapes. “Country Road, Take Me Home” played as we wound our way across rolling hills and into the jagged peaks of the Rockies. The scenery was reminiscent of the drive through the Austrian Alps; flat valley floor jutting into the snowy peaks of the Alps. The mountain sides varied in shades of green as aspen trees mixed with pine and spruce.
We stopped at Vail ski resort for a German lunch. Again, I felt like I was in Germany once more with the architecture of the timber buildings and cobblestone streets.
We visited one of my old classmates from Cal Poly. Mic was snatched up by one of the largest architecture firms in the US and relocated to Denver, CO. He is just loving the lifestyle in Denver. We also drove by the Denver Art Museum. This new art museum was designed by Architect Daniel Libeskind (he also designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin). The museum features a huge cantilever that reaches over the street below. I remember learning in my engineering class that they had to have extra structural testing done to prove the cantilever would hold even if some sort of accident occurred.
We are spending the day with my cousin Emi and her husband Eric. They have been remodeling/updating their new home in Colorado Springs over the past year and they are creating a very cute and cozy home for themselves.
We spent the day exploring Colorado Springs. The Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy was a very cool building to visit. It was designed by firm SOM as wings taking flight. Once inside, the beautiful stained glass changes color as it rises towards the sky. Below the Christian chapel are chapels/temples for Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist worshipers.
Next, we went to downtown Colorado City and wandered the farmers market before eating lunch at 2 South Food and Wine Bar where I enjoyed a pork chop with a rosemary-apple glaze and a potato casserole as a side. It was wonderful.
After wandering through the shops, visiting the original Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and driving through The Garden of the Gods, we were exhausted.
Early night tonight before the start of a long drive into Texas.
Total miles: 1,615