Home for a week from my almost 4 month-long odyssey around the Western United States (with a detour to Canada for the Women’s World Cup), I have begun to sift through the thousands of photos I took along the way. I began just after Easter, walking from my front door to the local bus stop down the street, hopping local transit, intercity bus lines, and Amtrak trains from Wisconsin to Chicago to Denver. Friends in Boulder, Colorado graciously opened their home to me and so kicked off my explorations into the urban, cultural, and natural landscapes along the way.
Denver impressed me with her quirky bookstores, plethora of microbreweries, and cutting-edge museums, while Boulder came across as the laid-back cousin – a mellow retreat of good, hearty food, inventive performing arts (check out the Dairy Center for the Arts for breathtaking aerial dance), and rejuvenating wild spaces in the heart of the city (where fishing Boulder Creek in view of the public library is a daily scene). Amtrak also runs one of its most spectacularly scenic rail lines through the Colorado Rockies, the California Zephyr, winding through remote mountain canyons crowded with wildlife you don’t often see this close from the highway.
To view my photo slide show of Colorado, click on the link below.