We're taking a year off to travel! travel blog

We left Rapid City a little later than our usual time yesterday. We got totally out of sync with our usual routine. I blamed Don because he did not turn on the hot water heater, so was really late washing the dishes. Which meant of course that I was late getting the inside organized and he was late with the outside. But at last we got out of there and on the road.

We decided to take highway 71 as it was a straight shot into Colorado and we would not have to suffer going down I25, which is really crowded anymore. We also avoided going through Denver this way. Anyway, we stopped for the night in Scottsbluff, Nebraska at the Walmart (of course!) Neither of us had been there before, and found it interesting with the bluffs surrounding the city and on further south. Also interesting was watching the countryside; it got drier the further we went. And we could see how much farther along the maturity of the cornfields were as we went. That is, until we went through Brush, Colorado. We had heard there had been hail, but the devastation was complete. The cornstalks were stripped bare and standing ragged in the fields. The leaves were gone from the trees. And most of the windows on every building were boarded up. So sad!

We pulled in to Calhan around 2 in the afternoon, and parked in our nephew's yard. It took a bit to maneuver the trailer in, but we made it, and had time to get settled before Dean and Kelly got home from work. In fact, we were sitting in the front yard enjoying a glass of wine when they pulled up. They invited us to have dinner with them, and Dean grilled steaks. We turned in around 9 as we were tired and they had to go to work the next day.

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