And it’s not just the altitude. Maybe it was the “Breckenridge Cannabis Association” located on Main Street or the High Times prominently featured at the gas station, but this town feels high. We go to a crepe stand and watch one worker (the only worker there) get sucked up in conversations while the line stands stills for five minutes. At the ice cream store Corey starts talking to the hip 20 somethings working while an increasingly annoyed line builds behind her. And if they are not baked they are interesting to look at. Take the Safeway in Frisco (just a few miles away); a young guy with dreads and a thick Jamaican accent reprimands me for returning something to the wrong aisle, the cashier from Hawaii tells us the lychee we were going to buy looks bad, a teenager looking dirtier than us (and we were mighty dirty to look at) has a backpack and bed roll, and an older couple pass by dressed to the hilt in cycling garb. A few days ago I felt self-conscience about not fitting in with western Nebraska due to my straw cowboy hat. Now it’s tats and wool caps that I need. Always something. Here are some more of the interesting people we have met so far (in Colorado and elsewhere). I also added two random photos.
Robert: a psychologist who has been practicing in Honduras over the past seven years. He previously worked outside of D.C. Camping with his stepson; partner was unable to get a visa.
Paul: recently retired geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He just completed a map of Mesa Verde highlighting geological features. He has also mapped out Glacier National Park and Dinosaur Monument. Jobs usually entailed him and one field assistant alone in the backcountry for a few months while he matches air force photos with reality.
The nice teenage girl at Fort Robinson. First day on job meant she needed a lot of help checking me in. Stated that her father was a trucker and often took the family along for the ride. For that reason she knew every road in Nebraska. She gave more valuable travel tips to us than any other person on the trip so far.
John of Summer Stock (also at Fort Robinson). He jumped off the pages of Glee, stuck in Nebraska. His incredible enthusiasm and willingness to talk about anything to anybody won us over immediately. Cannot wait to meet up with him someday in Chicago (where he will undoubtedly find himself someday trying to break into the theatre scene).
Older and recently widowed man watching Godspell. Traveling the country solo in a camper he wanted to see as much as he can before he was no longer able to do so. Did his best to talk us into to taking the Sawtooth Highway (we will see).
Twelve year old boy traveling with grandparents. Grandparents formerly lived in St. Charles, Il. but retired in their native Nebraska. Each grandchild is given one special trip with grandparents. He chose Rocky Mountain National Park.
More grandchildren. Brother and sister who briefly played with Henna and her incredibly elaborate acorn world. By the way, there were some workers here in the park who came close to knocking over this village. Henna wanted me to stop them from doing work but I could not see how.
Peter who drove his family from PA to RMNP in two days. Peter has done a lot of interesting things in cool places including dog mushing in K-County. It was fun comparing notes.