We've covered a lot of ground in the last three weeks. After crossing South Dakota and southern Minnesota, we reached Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday night, September 19th, and spent the next ten days enjoying time with my family. We were happy to have a chance to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, situated on Lake Michigan. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the museum is a dramatic piece both outside,
We were also lucky enough to catch a Rock, Gem and Mineral Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There we got to make new friends, learn more about specimens from the Midwest, share our Mexican stones, and bring home some Michigan copper. A fun and rewarding day!
After leaving Wisconsin, we traveled through Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska before reaching Colorado. Expecting some boring scenery, I was in for a big surprise. We had beautiful weather, with bright blue skies and temperatures in the 80's, and each landscape offered its own unique charm. We tried to stay off the main interstate, and instead took smaller roads, which offered wide open spaces, gentle rolling hills and nary a car in sight.
Traveling to Abilene, Kansas the next day, we had another delicious dinner at "Ike's Place", and then spent the next afternoon exploring the large number of antique shops in town. Notice this trash can that I spotted outside one of the shops. Auntie Em, Auntie Em! Can Toto come, too?
Crossing the border into Nebraska, we happened upon a farm that was raising buffalo, and we stopped so I could snap their picture. As I approached them, I noticed one of them was peeing. Moving closer yet, suddenly they all started peeing at once! Even though they seem so big and burly, I must have scared them. As soon as I stepped back a bit, they stopped. The things you learn.
As we got deeper into Colorado, we spent our next night in Monte Vista, elevation 7,664 feet. It was our amazing good fortune to happen upon the Rio Grande Motel, where owner and bow hunter Tom was kind enough to pose in the lobby with several of his trophies (and Eduardo).
After a great dinner at "The Mountain View Restaurant" we settled into our cozy room which was charming and photo worthy. The space heater (which we needed that night because the temperature plunged into the low 30's) was cute as can be,
Our final stop in Colorado was the town of Creede, a small mining town close to the New Mexico border, which sits at an elevation of 8,852 feet. Time to take out the winter jacket and gloves! The drive to Creede was as pretty as picture postcard, especially with the Aspen trees changing color.