In 1967 my father bought a Pontiac Catalina and a dingy old travel trailer and took his girlfriend, my brother and me on a road trip. Over the next 8 weeks we drove 13,498 miles, visited 51 parks, and saw wonders like geysers, redwoods, grizzlies, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The trip made an indelible impression, cementing my appreciation for the natural world and the American landscape. This summer Pamela and I hope to repeat the experience for our family.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Friday, July 9th (Jack's Birthday)

8:35 Breakfasted at Salida Cafe while sitting beside Arkansas River. Very pleasant.

10:10 Checked out of Silver Ridge Lodge Motel

10:25 Ice and bread stop

11:11 Pass through Buena Vista, CO. Looked for Social Club--didn't see one but saw lots of rafters.

11:30 Stopped at Point of Interest along Arkansas River. Read about stage coach to mining town of Leadville. Saw lots of white water below.

11:45 Driving up Arkansas River valley. Passing hillsides where snow fell yesterday.

12:00 Drove into Leadville, Co. 10,250 ft elevation. Would have gone through mining museum but interest level was below the $22 fee.

12:30 Lark bought clothes at Leadville thrift shop.

1:20 Stopped at pull-out after Fremont Pass. Ate leftover steak and cheese. Afterwards had a cherry pit spitting contest, trying to send the pits to the river a couple hundred feet below. Dave won but doubt if he made it to the river.

3:53 Stopped in Nederland to ride the carousel. Pamela rode a big moose and Linden rode an ostrich. Then walked over to Blue Owl Ice Cream and Used Books. Linden got 3 more books to read.

5:05 Entered Boulder.

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