Friday, June 22, 2007

Drive: Durango to Colorado Springs

"Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs." ~Joan Didion

June 22: Up at 6:45 am and on the road at 7:35 pm, after cousin Kevin cooked me up a road-sustaining scrambled egg and English muffin breakfast. Then a long drive across Hwy 160 and over the very steep Wolf Creek Pass. The road photo below is from Hwy 160. (What would a road trip blog be like without at least one nice road photo?)
Arrived at my cousin Laura's house at about 3:30pm. Her husband Jon was mowing the lawn in anticipation of daughter Nichole's sixth birthday party the next morning.

The rest of the Colorado Springs clan joined us for dinner. Well, most of them. Some of them already flew to Missouri for their grandfather's 90th birthday party this weekend. Jon grilled up a bunch of hamburgers and Wisconsin bratwurst.

After dinner Jon set up Nichole's new blow-up water slide and the kids had a blast doing flips off the top while the adults held their breaths until that kid moved and proved that kids are made of rubber and seemingly impervious to serious injury or paralization.

Above is the goofy family picture, and I think I like that one better. Below is the straight picture. Here's who's who in the photos: L to R: Teri, Ryan, Ashley, Bonnie, Justin, Lisa, Nichole, Jon and Laura.

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