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Colorado - Going Green

And Going Greener

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We drive down to Denver, Colorado on Friday. The drive takes us through the beautiful Rocky Mountains, alongside the Colorado River. It's quiet lovely. Denver is a very green city, lots of trees and other pretty plants (Michelle: not a good city for you to live in obviously). The suburban areas blend seamlessly into the downtown area, which we explore on Saturday night. 16th Street Mall is a mall that occupies all of 16th Street (I wonder where they got the mall's name from though), it's really cool. We take the bus down the length of the mall, and sit alongside passengers that are sharing a blunt. That is apparently legal here but I'm still confused about the children that were with them that seem high too. My understanding is that you have to be 21 years of age for that kind of recreation. #keepitclassycolorado.

Also, for those of you wondering, no we did not smoke at all, you need a Colorado driver's license to do that. Sheesh guys, Miriam and I don't do stuff like that. I'm insulted you even asked.

All of this driving and the heat has got me feeling a bit sick. But we have a week left of this craziness, so I take (legal!) drugs known as DayQuil, and power through.

Let my Cameron go

Let my Cameron go

Today we leave Colorado and drive East to Salina, Kansas. The transition from peace-y Colorado to the Bible Belt is apparent immediately by the billboards lining the highway such as "It's a Child, not a Choice", "Jesus is Real", "Adoption not Abortion", "Thanks Mom for Choosing Life", and "Jesus Trusts in You!". Jesus clearly doesn't know me.

Posted by shari36 19:05 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip colorado denver lower_48 ferris_bueller pcsd Comments (0)

Take Me To Church

Mom, stop worrying. I didn't convert.

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Salt Lake City. Where life is elevated. Where the temperature is elevated, too. It's nearly 100 degrees by 10 am. Shari and I go for coffee at a place called Chapel Cafe on Chapel street. We joke, wondering if there's a Chapel on Chapel street. Turns out, there is. The cafe is attached to a church. And also has a book store full of religious texts. I feel vaguely uncomfortable with so many posters, t-shirts, and mugs assuring me that Jesus loves me. They have tiny IDF teffillin (phylacteries), megillas, ancient mosaics and oil pots, a tarnished chanukia, many old bibles, and a tiny model of the Temple with tiny, shiny models of all the implements that would have been used in the Temple. Like, I'm not sure why there is a museum of Judaica in the front lobby of this chapel, but there is.

After coffee at the Cavalry Chapel, we head into Salt Like City proper. By proper, I mean Temple Square. There are Mormons from all over the world, denoted by their badges. They dress very neatly, and the downtown area is so clean. It differs vastly in this regard from just about every other major city that I've been to. And by just about every, I really just mean every. The Temple is huge, white granite. There are several weddings going on. A nice woman, Vicki, talks to us about the history of the Mormon Church and the building of the Temple.

The Tabernacle is directly across from the Temple, a large building, domed like a silver service platter at a fancy hotel. (Is that sacrilege?) This is where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir preforms. I get major Cards Against Humanity points for this. A woman gives a recital on the ginormous pipe organ. To be honest, it kind of looks like an instrument of torture. In reality, it's just an instrument. She also changes the colored lights which illuminate the wall behind the organ, adding a strange ambiance to the inside of the dinner platter.

After we leave Salt lake City, we begin our journey to Grand Junction, Colorado. The Rockies are amazing. The road winds through valleys and canyons, and feels more like a roller coaster. The Colorado Welcome sign informs us that Colorado is a colorful state, and the land delivers. Greens, pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows display themselves on the hills, in sedimentary layers. We're staying in a little motel, right by the regional airport, and have the most amazing view of the mesas.

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Good night!

Posted by MiriG 20:35 Archived in USA Tagged colorado utah mormon salt_lake_city grand_junction hozier church_of_latter_day_saints take_me_to_church Comments (1)

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