Ready, Set, Go! – And, we’re off on a new adventure. Wanting to visit the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada we researched a number of travel options, finally deciding on making this a road trip. Our route across America will take us to many locations new to us before reaching the Canadian border. It seems appropriate that this is the Fourth of July – the holiday celebrating the birth of the United States.
Today we traveled across eastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas and southern Nebraska to Hastings. Even though it’s a holiday we see a great deal of agricultural activity. Wheat harvest is in full force. Red and green combines cut the ripened grain, filling truck after truck before they head to local elevators. “Wide Load Ahead”, we share the road with many harvesting crews moving to new locations.
We pass through rural communities displaying their patriotism with streets lined with American flags, baseball games and picnics in city parks. Fortunately we can observe Hastings, Nebraska’s fireworks display from the comfort of our hotel room – a nice start for our next adventure.
Smile for the Day: Lodging in Atwood, Kansas named the “It’ll Do Motel” and one in Franklin, Nebraska named “Drop Tyme Motel”.
We headed out for a week-long jaunt around Southwestern Colorado to revisit some old favorites and spend time in spots we’ve somehow missed over five decades of living in the state.
We made a fairly uninterrupted beeline to our destination of South Fork even though we drove through beautiful mountain scenery worthy of more attention – springtime greens of South Park, 14,000-foot snow-capped peaks, historic mining towns, and rushing rivers.
Bob made friends with a couple of happy bears at the Visitor Center in South Fork.
Arbor House Inn – an exceptional Bed & Breakfast in South Fork, Colorado
Dinner was enjoyed at Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant. Even on a busy Saturday evening the service was excellent and attentive. Our innkeepers recommended the flan for dessert – they knew whereof they spoke. We’ve been flan fans for years and this may have been the best we’ve ever had. Worth the trip all the way from the Denver area.
Relaxation and an amazing evening sky concluded the first day of our trip.