The first extended stop of my roadtrip was the land of coffee, hippies, yuppies, microbreweries, mountains, and SUNSHINE. No, not Seattle… Boulder, CO! I had warned my Iowa City host, Caralyn, that I would be gone in the morning. I road-trip best early, and sure enough, my crazy travel brain wanted to get up and drive at 3am. I passed through Omaha and Lincoln City, NE before 8am and spent the day digging On the Road by Jack Kerouac on my car stereo.
Why did I stop in Boulder on my way to New Mexico? Because I was meeting the love of my life there. Not for the first time mind you! Dan flew in from South Bend to attend the USCMS Collaboration Meeting. This gave me a chance to mingle with geeks in a mountain setting. One of my favorite moments: hanging out at the hotel bar with the head of the CMS collaboration and getting honeymoon advice. Apparently the Amalfi Coast should be our first choice.
We stayed in an amazing hotel, the Boulderado, which I would recommend to anyone, especially those traveling on grant money. We went hiking, had dinner in the Dushanbe Tea House with my friend Kat, attended conference socials, went wine tasting, and viewed a solar eclipse.
Alone, I wandered the Boulder pedestrian mall and farmer’s market, drank beautiful coffee, practiced FREE yoga at the Prana store, and bought a rocking pair of Keens. It was the perfect antidote to the hardest semester I’ve faced in a long time.
I’ll tell you all about hiking Rocky Mountain National Park and the eclipse later.