Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Western Road Trip

While Joe and I are not abroad, we have already begun seeing and doing a lot. Our aventuras began with a road trip out West. Along for the ride was Joe, Jordan (Joe's 16 year old brother), and me. We visited:
Des Monies, IA
Boulder, CO
Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Reno, NV
Eugene, OR
Portland, OR
Lenore, ID
Dickinson, ND

While we had many highlights along the way, one was going white water rafting with friends on the Arkansas River (see picture above). Notice Jordan trying to be a true mountain of a man by not wearing a "splash jacket". He was the only one among us who was so brave.

Also very impressive was Crater Lake in southern Oregon (see picture to the right). We were all awed by the scenery, particularly the ridiculously deep blue color of the water. We suggested Crayola come up with a new color inspired by this national park--Crater Lake blue. You have to see it to believe it.

The best part of the whole trip was hanging out with friends and family. Juleen arranged most all of the housing (thank you Juleen!) for the three of us along the way. A special thanks to all of those who put up with us and put us up during our primera aventura.

So, in summary, get west. Or, at least get out. There is much to see.

Until next time,

Joe and Juleen