Thursday, May 18, 2006

Man, it is so hard to pick this thing back up! And sadly, the only way out is through!!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

'Colorado' means 'Red'

Hey everybody, back from a great weekend in Colorado. Very very relaxing. Raul and I went there to visit his friends from Spain. We rented a cabin near Colorado Springs in the middle of NOWHERE, complete with a hot tub and deer that came right up to the deck. We were hoping to see some bears, but alas--it was too early in the season. =)

Some highlights:

*Trying to have conversations in English, Spanish and French (I could write a whole new thesis)
*Introducing the Spaniards to the American Icon that is Super WalMart
*Driving up to the Summit of Pike's Peak (scary, and really hard to breathe).
*Learning that there is such thing as an "Oxygen bar" at the top of Pike's Peak (sadly, out of order when we got there)
*Walking around Garden of the Gods
*Driving through the town of Great Mountain Falls and learning that it had no falls at all
*Climbing up 224 steps at Seven Mountain Falls (at least there were falls this time)
*Driving all the way out to Royal Gorge Park to decide we didn't want to pay to get in
*Discovering we could take nice pictures of Royal Gorge Park for free from the side
*Feeding the pack of deer that constantly hung around our cabin
*Discovering someone (a Louisianian, no doubt) left Tony Chachere's in the cabin
*Introducing the Spaniards to "real" grilled American Hamburgers with "real" Cajun Fries
*Finding out the next morning that the Spaniards got sick and threw up later that night (Raul and I were fine, so don't know what happened)
*Touring the Austin-y city of Boulder and seeing million dollar 2-bedroom "starter" homes
*Visiting the Celestial Seasonings tea factory and hanging out in the peppermint room (cleared out those sinuses!)

I'm happy to report I didn't fall off any mountains. It was a nice and relaxing way to celebrate finishing a crazy if I can just finish that pesky thesis...

Monday, May 01, 2006

"Some enchanted...ROCK."

I played a little hooky today and we took a hike up to Enchanted Rock, a rock dome (?) nestled away in the Texas Hill Country.

It was a GOR-GEOUS day...and even with that said, I have to admit I'm glad it's not yet officially summer.

As you can tell by some of the pics, the sun beats directly down on the rock,and there is no shade in site to be found!

Lots of random pretty vegetation...mostly cacti. Great views too! Next scenic stop...Colorado! (Just in time for my classes to be KAPUT!!!)