From an Old Mining Town to a Kiwi's Backyard

Trip Start May 17, 2010
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Trip End Oct 10, 2010


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June 15th to 18th - Gillian's mini farm

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

After New Mexico, we decided to leave the desert behind for good and so we headed north into Colorado. Now you're probably picturing towering mountains with dense forests of pine and aspen, and so were we. But we found ourselves at the western edge of the Great Plains, where fields of grass extend to every horizon and both trees and water are scarce.  For the first time this trip we saw prairie dogs, some scampering through the grass with white tails flashing, others standing sentinel on the small mounds that mark their burrows. I thought that they were really cute, everyone we encountered hates them. I guess it’s like Australian farmers and rabbits, they totally destroy paddocks and fields. People from Colorado also hate Californians (for those of you who don’t know, Lil’ Red has California plates). But they all seem to love Australians. So whenever we pull up somewhere, people tend to stare at us suspiciously.  Then we start talking, and everything changes. Before we know it, they are telling us to say this and that so they can listen to our accent and inviting their friends to come and hear us talk. Actually, we have met some very friendly and generous people in Colorado. One couple, in addition to letting us camp on their land, filled up our water bottles even when they were very low on the water that they have to buy in.

On the way to stay with a Kiwi (that’s a person from New Zealand, for all you Americans) in the little town of Ordway, we passed through Trinidad. This town commemorates its mining history with a giant golden canary in a cage on the main street (don’t ask me what they mined, I’m sure I read about it, but I can’t remember). I have seen better monuments to miners in other towns, but at least Trinidad’s is unique. I believe they must be the only town in the world with a giant canary on their main street.

Ordway is one of those neat little old-fashioned towns that you see in old American movies (or even newer ones, like Sweet Home Alabama). Everyone knows everyone, everyone is friendly, and no one looked at me strangely when I drove a ride-on lawnmower along the main street.

After just a few days tending Gillian’s goats and garden, she told us she had some friends who needed their deck refinished and would put us up for as long as it took us to get the job done. So we packed our bags and headed north to Colorado Springs.
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Lucia on

Hi Amber...

Good to hear you are having a great time on your road trip. I did not know it was you posting these blogs. I think its been almost a year and I didn't know. I feel very blonde right now ha! Love reading where you are and what you and your friends have been up to. Keep me posted...
Love Lucia xox

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