We were pretty worn out upon arrival at our little motel in LaMar, CO. Our minds were on the hot tub and bed...until we stepped in our room. There sat this pretty red gift bag. Hmmmm, nice greeting by the Days Inn staff? Nope. In here were Hillary's favorite candy, bottled drinks and several audio books from the Fairbanks, Alaska, public library! You know that feeling when the parts don't equal a whole (I just can't get my head around this right away)? Reading the tag, "from your Friendly Northern Travel Agent" didn't fit either. We were somewhere in Colorado!
We rushed out to seek answers and learned that Kathleen and Josh had actually passed right by here 8 hours earlier on their way south to a friend's wedding in Kansas. Other details don't matter. The BIG part of this sweet little bag were the volumes of love that it spoke to us. Our thoughtful Kathleen, with all the planning for her own trip, had taken time to pack these personal gifts into her carry-on and then stop to drop them off hours before we showed up. This little red gift bag took the fatigue away and filled us with joy.
BTW, of course Hillary called her right away to ask if we should expect bags at the next 6 motels ahead-!?
The time zone changes worked to our advantage and we gained our first hour in Colorado. This made it not quite as late when finishing our day's drive. Below were exclusively the directions we followed along the long way.
We awoke refreshed and ready to head to Buffalo, Wyoming. Over 600 miles. Kathleen's message read, "Enjoy the mountains and the chance at a shorter driving day!" (It's all relative, you know). A little weary of the flat landscape, I was anxiously awaiting my first glimpse of the Rocky Mts ahead.