July 10th

No makeup

4:30 am: Leave Phoenix. I couldn’t get to sleep and by the time my alarm goes off, I’m running on excitement.

Hour 2 complete

6:30 am: Arrive in Flagstaff, throw the sunroof open, smell summer. The scent of a cool breeze blowing through pine is one of my favorites. In Flag, this scent would in inauthentic without the occasional dash of skunk and diesel. Still, it’s heaven.

Flagstaff, AZ

6:31: Consider abandoning plan and just staying in Flagstaff. Then I think of throwing my arms around Cody and reconsider.

Solidary day

8 am: I’ve never driven the route between Flagstaff and Albuquerque before. I cannot believe how much the flat land near Winslow reminds me of the salt flats of Bolivia.

could be Bolivia

9 am: It is pretty silly an Arizona native would know Bolivia better, but before yesterday, I’d never paid any attention this slice of my homeland.

Near Winslow, AZ

9:15 am: Even the trains cutting through the changing landscape were aesthetic, their cars a patchwork of faded rusted colors otherwise found in a setting Arizona sunset.

Holbrook, AZ

9:30: It wasn’t until Holbrook, Arizona that I ran into a wee bit of trouble. I shouldn’t have been driving 80+ miles, taking the occasional photo and listening to music. Thankfully the officer was about my age, cute and was perhaps a bit more interested in getting a drink at a later date than hassling me about my lack of proof of insurance and speed. Noting my luck, I slowed down considerably. I also thanked God repeatedly for this great dash of fortune so early into the adventure.

Lunching with Raesha

12:30: Alburquerque meant a bowl of hot New Mexican food with Raesha. She’s a doll! We really enjoyed catching up and once again I was reminded how lovely thisΒ  artsy web community is.

WIshing I'd been a passender

2 pm: Begin regretting that bowl of green chile. My tummy is so warm and I’m getting very, very sweeepy.

Nearing Raton, NM

4 pm: Signs begin to include “Denver” as an option and I continue to marvel at the beauty of New Mexico. It really is the state of enchantment. I’d move here in a second. The rolling hillside, red earth, wide, clear skies — gorgeous.

Hour 12

8:30 pm: Denver. I arrive after lots of construction, an Oreo McFlurry and 940 miles driven. Cody, Mark and Raja are there to greet me with open arms, Wi Fi and a coffee shop on the corner of the new neighborhood. I’m having an affair with Colorado and I have a feeling the next few days are going to be wildly remembered.

The adventure continues,


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20 Responses

  1. How fun!
    Not sure how safe it is to be taking photos while driving but you got some good shots so I guess it’s worth it πŸ˜‰
    (What kind of lens do you have on your camera, btw?)
    Looking forward to reading more about your adventures on this trip.

  2. Have an awesome time! Wish San Diego was on your list – having you for dinner and a bottle of wine would be awesome πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m happy your safe and sound, that’s a lot of driving! Wow.

  4. You go cowgirl. Your blurb on New Mex made my heart ‘soar like an eagle’. Living in Winston NM in the 70’s was like walking into a living canvas where the scenery changes with each new day. It’s a place where even the Rattlesnake, if cooked right, is gourmet!

  5. Ah, New Mexico – isn’t it gorgeous! It’s interesting that you think so too, living in the southwest. It’s so different that Missouri, it takes my breath away every time I visit. (Santa Fe is “only” a 12 hour drive, so I’ve gone there several times.)

  6. Fun post! Thank God for cute, nice cops! πŸ™‚ Glad you’re enjoying your adventure. I totally want to see Colorado!!!!

  7. Thanks for sharing the adventure, I am looking forward to following along. Great shots from the car, and I love the necklace your wearing, beautiful! Have fun and be safe.

  8. Not only lucky the cop didn’t give you a tricket…..but I bet it felt good that he found you atrractrive too. That’s always a nice bonus! Savor your love affair with Colorado and share it with us as you can. Love the pictures.

  9. Yay! Hi Raesha!

    So glad your road trip is treating you well so far. Even in the “cop pulled me over” sense.

    Never be ashamed to yank that top down a bit πŸ˜‰ KIDDING.

  10. 940 miles in one day – wow!

  11. Looks like you’re having a great time! ENJOY! I look forward to reading/seeing your adventures.

  12. dang! That’s a long ways for one day by yourself!

  13. Nice cops are the best! After being broken in to 13+ hour road trips, I find them pretty enjoyable. Especially in the beautiful eastern AZ landscape πŸ™‚

    Bon rest-of-your voyage!

  14. Ahh! Tunes cranked, hair blowing in the wind, the hum of the tires and the smell of coffee filling the car…I can almost feel it (now, you just need a dog at your side to complete the picture)! Thanks for the virtual road trip Kelli. You look gorgeous and happy, Sister. Enjoy beautiful Colorado… Can’t wait to see the next part of your adventure! Big Hugs…

  15. Have a wonderful time Kelli! Be safe.

  16. Have a great time! Oh I love Denver!

  17. Oh, I wish I coulda stowed away, sounds great. I remember being young and cops letting me off…now I get the tickets. 940 miles in one day is unbelievable! Thanks for the vicarious roadtrip.

  18. I could have visited ALL day with you! That was so much fun….but remember New Mexico is not only the Land of Enchantment but also the Land of “Entrapment”…once you get here you never want to leave!!! :):)

  19. ali la loca July 11, 2009

    You made me miss my home state and hometown of Albuquerque. Safe travels!

  20. Wow!! 940 miles and lunch with a friend too! Amazing!! Have a wonderful Colorado Affair! πŸ™‚ And many more safe travels!