Tonight I'm staying in Grand Junction, Colorado. I'm on the top floor of my hotel and have an AMAZING unobstructed view of the Rockies. This is my first time in Colorado, and I am blown away by how gorgeous the mountains are. Tomorrow when it's light out I will take a picture of my view to share with you all later.
There was a point during my drive where I reached the top of a hill, and all of a sudden, there they were: Mountains! With snowy peaks and rocky outcroppings and pine trees! And I could see it all with my own two eyes! My heart fluttered in my chest and my eyes welled up with tears, seeing all of that unspoiled beauty. It took my breath away. I would love to come back some time when I can enjoy it more (and enjoy it with Jason).
At one point I was driving along, twisting through the mountains, and there were these random bighorn sheep right by the side of the highway, grazing on the grasses. I had to call Jason right that second because there is very little that is more exciting to me than seeing the native wildlife wandering around like they own the place (because... they do!). Heaven help us if I ever get to see llamas in Peru. I will probably have to call each and every one of you to share the joy.
I am now 2,220 miles into my journey. Only 880 miles left to go!
Here's my progress:
California is getting closer and closer.
Here's a little tidbit from Des Moines. I meant to post it while I was there, but... I didn't. (And sorry the volume is so low. Apparently I wasn't speaking loudly enough for the microphone built into my laptop.)
Jasper and Lola are asleep on the bed right now, and Jacob is