After months of planning, a few hours of stressful packing (thank you, Mom, for helping me unpack and repack my life within a week :), I am finally in COLORADO!
Monday afternoon I set off on a 12 hour drive with two other Calvin students. We managed to fit almost everything we will need for the summer (including two bikes) into a Hyundai Elantra. (No, no one had to ride on the roof!) I had the great privilege of driving through Nebraska, which actually was not as brain-numbing as I was anticipating.
The time was passed singing through "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Wicked" soundtracks and playing an intense version of 20 questions. We stopped in North Platte, Nebraska for the night (and stayed in the same hotel as the Miss Nebraska candidates).
Tuesday we reached the Colorado border. The first couple hours in Colorado were uneventful, except for the sketchy gas station we stopped at in the middle of nowhere. There were a plethora of hunting knives on display right next to the 5 year old Doritos. The bathroom wallpaper was peeling, the water was not potable (not that I'm in the habit of drinking water from gas station restroom sinks). And there were stuffed animals (most of the teddy bear variety) hanging from the ceiling...as decoration? Then the mountains came into view! (they are kind of hard to see in this picture...but they are there!)
We arrived at Snow Mountain Ranch in the afternoon, and after filling out a ton of paper work, getting our pictures taken for our ID's (which all turned out wonderfully after 24 hours of traveling...not) we were able to move into the rooms that will be home for the next 3 months (I don't have any pictures currently, and am too lazy to get up and take one now, but I promise to post some soon!)
(a view of SMR from on top of Nine Mile :)