Greeley and Boulder, CO

Trip Start Apr 12, 2009
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Trip End Apr 25, 2009


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Tracy and Andy's House

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Last night we stayed with Hannah's friend Tracy and her family. Hannah met Tracy in grad school at UCSB. Tracy moved away from Santa Barbara five years ago and we haven't seen her since!

Tracy's husband, Andy, is a wicked cool guy AND he knows the guys from Dinosaur BBQ. He's going to be starting up his own barbeque business this summer, serving from a tent at festivals and fairs. We can vouch for his bbq - it's delicious! Keep your eye out for Up In Smoke, coming soon to an event near you in Fort Collins or Greeley, CO.

Tracy and Andy's children are such neat kids. Kyla, six and a half, and Annabelle, four, are entertaining and funny. Jillian, almost 8 months old, is cute as a button and is super snuggly. Rachel, Andy's sister, lives with them as well. She had just gone to her prom the night before and had a fun time with her friends.

It was so great to catch up with Tracy and Andy and see how their lives in Colorado are going. We miss them and are so happy we got to see them.

The drive from Santa Fe to Greeley was both boring and beautiful. The first bit of the drive through northern New Mexico was pretty. The more north we got, the taller the trees got. But, then, we hit southern Colorado and boom! It's dry and not much grows there other than grass. Quite boring, but then the mountains began to loom in the distance and we looked forward to their scenery. I-25 doesn't actually go through the Rockies, but instead follows them on the Eastern side.

Once we hit the Denver area, there was quite a bit of snow on the ground. It was beautiful and we wished we had time to stop and frolick in it. But, we were pressing on to Greeley, so we'd be in time for dinner with Tracy and Andy.

Today, we spent the morning at Tracy and Andy's house, hanging out and doing laundry. Rosie played with Bailey, their Bassett hound. Bailey is so cute and so soft!

We left around noon and drove to Boulder. We ate lunch at Illegal Pete's, thanks to Meg for the suggestion! After lunch, we strolled up and down Pearl Street, which is a brick pedestrian shopping walkway. We forgot to take any pictures, so you'll just have to imagine it (or look it up on Google).

After our downtown stroll, we headed out to Chatauqua, a park that overlooks the city. It afforded great views of the Boulder area. CU Boulder has a beautiful campus, with buildings that reminded us of Colgate University, where Hannah's sister, Julia went to college.

After exploring Boulder, we joined our friend, Nong and her host family for dinner. We met Nong when we were in Thailand in 2007. Nong is here with an au pair program and has been staying with her host family for a year.

Nong cooked an amazing dinner of Thai food for us, including our favorite - papaya salad. The food was truly outstanding - better than any Thai restaurant we've ever eaten at. It was so great to catch up with Nong and meet her wonderful host family. Their two daughters, Evie and Annika were making Eliza laugh so hard. It was terrific to watch.

After dinner, we set off for Hays, KS. It's 4:00am and I'm off to bed.
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