Today we set off on our adventure to a new location and it has been quite interesting. Highlights have included being extremely surprised about our location for this adventure, meeting some rough and tough Colorado locals, and being able to soak in pools for hours. The types of people you can admire are the types who are tough, you know? We met this older woman today who at first didn't seem to take an interest or even maybe a liking to us but after awhile seemed to soften a bit and talk to us more. She is quite a bit older and still running this mom-and-pop style diner restaurant, a tinier place that looks more like your grandparent's kitchen if they've lived in the Colorado Rockies for most of their lives. Turns out, she's originally from Michigan, yet another Colorado transplant we've found along the way. She seems to run the town, in a way, or at least remain deeply connected to the lifeblood of the area. She told us to wake up really earlier to go this high peak at dawn. I want to, really, I do, just for the joy of sharing the story with her later in the afternoon, but I don't know if we'll be able to make it up in time tomorrow morn. We might have to save it for the next day.
Last night we stayed up chatting for hours even after coming back from the bar. We stayed up so late that it was hard to get up in the morning to check out from our place in Denver. But we got to discuss meaty topics, tougher topics that seemed to lose their weight as the hours grew lighter into the morning, and we were able to figure things out much easier than normal.
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