Three nights ago, we made it to St. George Utah with the intention of staying at Zion National Forest. Exhaustion got the best of us and we settled for the KOA, conveniently stationed off of the freeway.
All of our overnights, thus far, have been nice and cool; at times a little cold. The refreshing climate in the north and midwest is very satiable, ideal even, for an enjoyable night in a tent. This was not the case off of the I15.
Once we hit Southern Colorado, the cool, crisp mountain air ceased whisking through the slender window openings. Instead, it turned to the sensation of cooking a pizza in a wood fire oven. “It’s ok, ” we thought. “We’ll just put on the AC.”
Just when we needed a little temperature relief, we discover that the vents only delivered the same heat that the windows were providing. But we just laughed it off, rolled ’em down and embraced the blasts of inferno that we yearned for last February in Lake Placid.
We got to our site in the middle of the night and proceeded to set up the tent. The weather reminded us of those hot summer nights in Paraguay, minus the humidity. Oh, and the little cucarachas dancing at our feet, brought back memories as well. Different climate, different vermin. One night you’re batting mosquitoes from your face and the next you’re hoping that a roach didn’t sneak in your tent as you entered.
We didn’t really rest well, but because Evelyn pushed our journey that day to the limit, our drive in the morning would only be two hours to our next destination; Las Vegas.
When we arrived, we immediately called up an ex-pat friend of ours that we met in Paraguay. Karen was just as mutually excited to see us, as we were to see her. We were able to meet her youngest daughter and we spent the greater part of the day enjoying each other’s company.
They took us to a little hole in the wall restaurant that was showing the first game of the world cup on three big screens. The only thing is, we were the only ones there and we weren’t necessarily interested in watching the game. Except for one of the four of us, who shall remain unnamed, who was interested in how gorgeous the Brazilian futbalistas were.
The spices of the food and the flavor of the conversation, made for a good afternoon.
We later met up with an old neighbor of mine and caught up with him. After midnight, all you can eat Korean BBQ buffet. I tried to keep up with the James’ appetite. I failed immensely. Evelyn was done after a few bowls of rice and a few strips of beef. She was exhausted from our trip, at that point.
Playing ping pong (I was dominated in that, just as well as the eating competition) with James, watching him play in his adult league soccer game and meeting his girlfriend, were definite highlights of our trip. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!
We were well rested due to the unmatched hospitality of our Aunt Adi. We woke up the next day, with the “itis.” We were preparing for the final four hours of our trip. The plan to leave early was postponed due to a delicious breakfast, with strong coffee and a great conversational interchange. We must have been talking from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Thank you for your inspirational and empowering words, and your open ears Aunt Adi.
It is a wonderful blessing to have friends and family of different magnitudes. Counterparts that live life continually growing and empowering others. It is one of the greatest feelings when I can go 2 years without seeing someone, only to encounter them as if we didn’t skip a beat. All of these types of experiences would be non existent, if it wasn’t for these people.
Well, now, here we are in the greater Los Angeles area and we have about a month and a half here. Here’s to a wonderful, renewing, break and more exciting adventures and encounters with friends and family.
I’m sure Evelyn will put up some photos that we took (We didn’t take too many) soon.
This was a true bonding session, seven days in length. We have grown a little stronger and are looking forward to continually strengthening our love. She is a great road partner and I look forward to doing more sporadic and crazy things like this in the future.