Drive-By America: Day 7 – Driving Through a Winter Wonderland
The calm always follows the storm. After a harrowing evening which left us caked in mud and frozen to the bone, we awoke at a rest area on the I-80 to the most beautiful winter sunrise. Glistening frost hung on the branches of every tree and blade of grass in the surrounding woods, the occasional steaming truck rolled down the otherwise empty highway, and the deep orange sun peeked over the horizon at the edge of a pastel sky. Rob continued his slumber as we began our drive, me stopping every mile or so to leave him on the shoulder while I ran off across the highway for views of the sunrise and countryside, staying only as long as my freezing fingertips would allow. We continued in this manner until we reached Buffalo Bill’s Ranch, which for some reason was topped with a white Jewish Star.
After a few more hours, we arrived at the Rockies. Beautiful Denver and beautiful friends awaited us with a warm house, a shower, and couches for relaxation. We unloaded, soaked our mud-drenched clothing, and set out for a snowy downtown adventure in one of the most gorgeous cities in the US, ending with a little tricking on the steps of the State Capitol. More to explore tomorrow.