>I just got back from a week vacation in Colorado. I had been lusting after a small town and went to look at land and houses. Here’s a little report:
The first day after I plane trip I arrived with a headache. I bought some aspirin and went driving around to look at some of the land I selected on the internet. It was nice but the road to get to it was rather rough and steep. Not bad but might be pretty rough in the winter with snow and ice. I won’t count it out but I’m not sure about it.
On the Second day I got a haircut and talked to the stylist about life there. I got a lot of great info from her and a good haircut too. I met the real estate agent and became disappointed and frustrated from what she had to tell me. Prices too high in most cases. I drove around to look at some of the houses she gave me to see but the choices were either too close together or far too expensive.
On the third day I continued driving around to see if anything looked good. I must have driven every street in the county. If I had double the money I could sell my current house for I could buy a mobile home. Something wrong here.
I drove up the highway to a nice scenic overlook.
A little further down the road was small road up the mountain to another scenic overlook where it was snowing. I really like snow.
After that I came back to town and spent a few hours in the hot springs. I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s nothing that isn’t awesome about Colorado.
On the fourth day I drove to the next town and rode the steam train. That had to be the best part of the trip. I love steam engines more than snow and I got to have both at the same time! The ride was very scenic though the mountains by a river to a small town where we had lunch. I couldn’t take my eyes off the engine that was built over 100 years ago. As an amateur mechanical engineer I was captivated. The complexity and the simplicity. The sound of the steam. The smell of the coal. The machine is truly alive! Nearby in the train yard another similar engine sat dead. It really felt dead. There’s nothing more awesome than a working steam engine. I want one!
After the we returned to the starting town I visited the railroad museum. Most excellent! Just barely saw everything before they started turning out the lights to shoo us away. I drove the 58 miles back to the hotel and saw the moon rise over the mountains. I tried to take a picture but then remembered that you can’t take a picture of the moon. There was a dead deer lying in the road. It was dark and I didn’t see it in time to swerve and ran over it. I tried puling up on the steering wheel to jump over it but that doesn’t work in cars for some reason. I expected the front bumper to be damaged but was lucky to find no visible damage when I got back to the hotel.
By day 5 I had pretty much used the place up. It was good because I went to lunch then came down with a headache again. I took some drugs and slept for a few hours, watched some TV then went to bed.
On day 6 they were forecasting a snowstorm but it fizzled out and the sun came out. I was going to spend the day watching movies and the snow out the window but since it was nice I went to the hot springs again. The temperature was near freezing but the water was so nice and warm/hot that it felt like maybe 55. I enjoyed that very much.
The next day was the trip home. I got up at 5:30. It was 23 degrees and I scraped the frost off the windshield and warmed the car up. I checked out and drove to the airport. Missed the flight check in by one minute so I was on standby for the next flight. I got lucky and got on. After landing in Denver I was on standby for the next flight to San Antonio. I got lucky again beating out 3 other standbyers. It was obviously my lucky day so I should have bought a lottery ticket. I might have been able to afford a house if I won.
I learned a few lessons from this trip:
1. The grass IS always greener on the other side of the fence.
2. Wherever you go, There you are.
3. Go on more vacations.
I came home with a new attitude toward life and my home town. It may suck but it is easy and affordable.
I hope I can maintain this attitude. It feels good.