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  1. Road Trip Final Day: Analysis

    July 19, 2012 by admin

    We’re here in the Big Apple!!!
    So we leave DC, drive along minding our business and get to Manhattan proper. We take the George Washington Bridge because mamma wants to make an entrance, but other than that, no drama. We pull up in front of our building, empty the contents of rental car with concierge and Jenny takes the dogs up to the apartment while I drop off rental car two blocks away. In those 15 minutes, the most severe thunderstorm hits Manhattan. I call Jenny and ask her to walk over to Hertz place with an umbrella for me. In those two blocks back, we get hit by the mother of all showers. The streets are flooded, I lose both my flip flops in the “flash flood” crossing the street. Jenny retrieves them as they float past her but both our umbrellas get turned inside out as we are pelted by hail.

    The main thing I’ve taken away from this road trip is that there are good American people, lots of them actually, that drink crap coffee. It’s just unnecessary. Jenny and I were wondering how the Europeans even survive an american road trip at all. They must surely be asking themselves, where are their autogrills?? Why do these americans still live like peasants??
    Maybe they come to watch the funny monkeys behind the glass, I don’t know frankly.
    But I jest. America is truly amazing and so beautiful. Yes, sometimes we’re toothless or wearing an ill-fitting tube top, eating something fried with a mound of cheddar cheese on top only to be guzzled down by a 12 pack of pabst blue ribbon and then hitting the highway in a truck carrying a concealed weapon but by god we are a nice, caring, diverse people living in a majestic place. From sea to shining sea…








    Some shoes we picked up along the way at Heirlooms in Basalt.



  2. Final night: D.C.

    July 17, 2012 by admin

    After a rough night of Comfort Inn, Anywhere, Ohio, and having no other choice other than Sutter Home Cabernet on the menu, it was nice to land in D.C. at the Willard. I used Amex points to get the room and so fittingly, Jenny and I are acting like Mr. And Mrs. Howell, III. Anyway, it brings up the issue of the “pet policy”. I (read Ken) have spent more money in hotel pet fees than a family of four spent for a week’s stay at DisneyWorld, buffet breakfast included. Which brings me to the question of “child’s fee”. Kids are running around the room, eating all over the bed, peeing everywhere, crying, whining and throwing toys, and they get to stay for free??? What the hell? I’m so over these unfair practices.

    Anyhoo, we land in Manhattan tomorrow, our final destination. It’s been an amazing road trip and a wonderful time with my sis. We are still on speaking terms and I still consider her my BFF so I guess it was a success.












  3. My dogs are tired

    July 14, 2012 by admin


    And my sister’s dogs are tired!


  4. Top of the Rockies

    July 14, 2012 by admin

    We’ve had some rough patches finding a good cup of coffee in some areas but the scenery always makes up for everything. We took a hike outside Aspen, on the way out we noticed the sign that read, “recent bear incident, check in with ranger”…oooops.

    From Glenwood Springs, CO through the Rockies to Oakley, KS






    This is at the top of the Rockies, 12,000 feet!



  5. Day one: Burrita Como

    July 12, 2012 by admin

    Drive starts off fine. We pack the rental car, a Nissan Pathfinder, and head down to the I15. We stop for lunch somewhere along the road where there is nothing but beige matching houses and fast food restaurants. It’s 107 degrees, no kidding. We throw down a burrito and when I ask Jenny a simple question she mutters something unintelligible and tells me she can’t talk she’s in a “burrita como”, translation burrito coma. We stop in Baker to check out the largest thermometer in the world because our car says its 121 degrees and we want more proof…but it’s broken.