Monday, September 10, 2007

Muchos Traveling Part 2

The next trip that I made was grueling. Over 1200 miles in 2 days to move Sean to Fort Collins, Colorado. We spent 19 hours the first day traveling, 16 of it on the road. In case you're interested in the route, go here. We stayed at the very pleasant La Quinta Inn, that offers the distinguishing feature of a fabulous breakfast complete with waffle maker and ready-to-go waffle mix. The only free hotel breakfast I've encountered that's better is Embassy Suites with their made-to-order omelettes and bacon (few things are better than bacon).

The next day was quite easy with the leisurely wake-up time of 9:01 AM (MDT) and only a 5 hour drive ahead of us. We encountered heavy traffic at the I-76/I-25 on ramp (of which there is almost 2 miles) and some stupid Coloradans driving slowly by an accident that was on the other side of the median, but other than that there was no incident.

We managed to get the Moving truck half-way emptied before Mary showed up to give us a hand and Sean some decorating advice (For those not in the know, she has been living in Boulder, CO for 2 months now). After emptying the truck we went to a Mexican restaurant in Old Town Fort Collins, which had some wonderful food, and then to Coopersmith's pub and pool hall. I sampled two beers there; the Handrawn Punjabi (HanJabi) and the Green Chile Ale (absolutely delightful, strange as it sounds).

The next day Sean and I went to a restaurant called "The Egg and I" that specializes in Eggs Benedict, and for good reason. It was extremely tasty and I reccommend it anyone near one of their 31 locations. Aftewards we spent several hours futzing with the satellite dish finally deciding to let Dish Network professionally install the beast and then drowned ours TV woes in some New Belgium Beers at the New Belgium Liquid Center (or something like that, means tasting room though). They have a, hopefully contagious, policy of giving you four beers to sample for free, just for showing up to their room. I sampled a Trippel, a 1554, Eric's Brew, and of course, La Folie. For those not as of yet acquainted with La Folie, it is New Belgium's version of a Sour Brown, though given the taste and wikipedia's description, it is much closer to a Flander's Red than a sour brown. Needless to say, it is the most complex beer you will ever taste and if you have never had a sour brown, I suggest you find one to sample immediately.

Later that evening Sean, Mary, and Myself went to Rock Bottom (a restaurant very similar to Red Robin and BJ's) where we sampled some beers, ate some food, and stuffed ourselves with Carrot Cake. After rolling out the front door we made our way to the theatre across the parking lot and watched the movie "Stardust." I highly reccommend this movie, it is funny, light-hearted and awakens the kid in us all.

The last day found Sean and I putting together a bed, a desk and undoing some boxes. We also found ourselves back at The Egg and I to meet Arrin (Erin Manning) and Jay (Jay) for some brunch. They are living and going to school in Denver so it was about an hour drive for them to come meet us, but a very nice thing that they did. I haven't seen Arrin or Jay in at least a couple years, so it was great that we worked out the visit.

Finally around 5:50 PM, after a short (relatively) drive to Denver, I took off in a CanadAir Jet towards Fresno. It was a long, but extremely pleasant trip that Sean made the more so through his gratitude and hospitality for my help. I hereby wish him luck and require him to stay in touch throughout his stay in Fort Collins and elsewhere in life. This will probably also put a mar in my track record of helping him with every move he's had since 2001, seeing as how he is most likely moving again in some months and he is 1200 miles away.

Pictures from the trip can be found here.

Muchos Traveling Part 1

So there has been a lot of traveling as of late and I have not blogged about it one bit! So two posts consecutively about my travels.

First off I went to Oregon for Sammot's Wedding (I know she's Samantha Trask now, which doesn't make Sammot, but she's always going to Sammot to me...) and it was positively lovely, in all regards. It started with a beautiful ceremony between Brian and Samantha, er Brandon and Samantha and both Brian and Sam were crying through most of it, er Brandon. It was followed by an excellently done reception and much dancing. It was practically like a high school reunion and I spent a lot of time talking with Jason Reno and the Guthmillers (Matt and Amanda).

After a good night's sleep at the Cedar something Inn, I spent some time garage saleing and exploring my old stomping grounds. I have to say that getting back to OR was surprisingly comfortable. I have been in CA now for over 6 years and I had thought that I had completely assimiliated, but alas there is a beauty and comfortableness in OR that CA has yet to rival.

After getting my fill of driving around I went to lunch with Amanda and Matt during which they very graciously offered to put me up for the night. It was really a lot of fun to get to hang out with them and see two people that are very nearly at the same point in life as Kim and I. They managed to get the added bonus of owning their own home already, which is a wonderful place I might add. At some point in the not too distant future I would like to get Kim up there and meet them, because I think that we would have a lot of fun hanging out with them.

After lunch and some social time with the Guthmillers I went over to Sammot's parents' house and joined in the present-opening, post-wedding BBQ that Mr. and Mrs. Mott were hosting. It was the first time that I'd been able to sit down and chat with Sammot and Brandon, so that was very nice and as icing on the cake there was some fabulous food there. So I whiled away the afternoon and evening in pleasant company in time to go to bed, get up early and make the 8 hour drive home.

Pictures of this event can be found at my gallery