Denver, the last city on our leaf odyssey tour. The remnants of fall are still here. We have had such a wonderful trip, visiting so many both old and new places and seeing many dear friends. But the most treasured gem of the trip was spending the vast majority of the time enjoying our warm friendship with one another..
P.S. A friend pointed out to us, last night (11/9) that we hadn’t told how many miles we went on our odyssey. The total was about 9200 miles!!!
Leisurely start to a bright, sunny day. Caught our first good look at the snow-capped rockies just outside of Clayton, NM. It was fun to drive up familiar old I-25 out of Raton.
Arrived back home in Denver, late in the afternoon, tired but happy.
. Just in time for the sunset.
Left Dallas in rain which, fortunately, continued only for about 30 minutes. Had a good dose of Texas “big sky” and rolling plains.
Stopped in Vernon, TX for lunch. It’s a huge agricultural area and cowboys all over the place.
Arrived in Amarillo in time to gussie up for a big dinner at the Biggest Steak House in Texas.
A most unusual place where if you could eat a 72 ounce (5 pound) steak in less than 1 hour, then it was free – if you couldn’t make it, then you had to pay $72. Only one of the four made it.
Allison and Sang were at work today. It was a rainy day, so we stayed in the house and caught up on the blog entiries, emails, read, relaxed. Sang came home and put finishing touches on the pizzas he had prepared, from scratch, the night before. Impressive and delicious. We then went to a performance of the Radiolab Apocalyptical, a live show based on the NPR series. A huge, impressive show in an immense auditorium in a little town outside of Dallas.
The most exciting highlight of our stay in Dallas was the ping png championship. Our visit with Allison and Sang has been just wonderful.
Day 64, Friday. The drive out of the Ozarks was fall foliage galore, then turned to plains and cows as we got to OK and TX. We were delighted to be staying with our niece and nephew, Allison Sample and Sang Pak, who just got married in April and moved to Dallas in June, where Sang is doing a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital and Allison is revolutionizing the personnel dept. at the Ally Bank here. Their duplex apartment is bright and spacious with high ceilings and high tech appliances and granite counters.
DAY 65: SAT.: Sang is on call today. We had a relaxed morning and then Allison gave us a tour of her neighborhood, then over to the swanky Highlands residential area on the way to have lunch with our ole friends from Denver, Rene and David Karp, who moved here years and years ago. One of their sons, Jon, and his wife Laurie and son Brady dropped in to see us. It was so much fun to catch up with them. David suggested that the Bush Library was interesting to see, in general and to see how history is rewritten to portray
Bush as a hero. Allison and I had to keep Lois muzzled throughout the visit.
DAY 66: SUN.: The highlight was nephew Rick and his son Rob Bradfield coming up from Waco to spend the day. Rene had recommended going to the Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas. It is an outstanding collection of modern sculpture that we greatly enjoyed. Rick then gave us a driving tour of downtown Dallas which has the most gigantic display of contemporary architecture that we have seen. They like to do things BIG here in Texas. We then returned home for a gala Korean pork dinner. Allison showed her culinary prowess and we all enjoyed visiting with each other.
The highlight of today was driving about 25 mi. north to Bentonville, AR, the home place of Walmart. One of the Walmart heirs, Alice Walton, both donated and raised money to found the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The museum hosted over a million visitors in the first year. It is an impressive contribution to this community. The architect, Moshe Safdie, designed an imaginative building in a beautiful creek bed outside of the town. The large permanent collection is astounding, starting with early 18th century portraits and landscapes extending to impressionists such as Mary Cassatt, as well as artists such as Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and then to 21st century artists with whom we were not familiar, such as Evan Penny. We spent several hours touring the museum, having lunch at the cafeteria overlooking the creek and the lake, and then strolling among the autumn leaves on an art walk up the creek. A real treat of a day. Fayetteville and Bentonville are in the NW corner of AR, in the Ozark mountains and the foliage colors were splendid in the whole area. We feel that we have completed our leaf odyssey goal, of seeing the leaves turn into their fall colors, from Canada to Arkansas.
We then returned to Gen & Frank Broyles. Kat and George Paulson, Gen’s daughter and son-in-law, came over for a wonderful steak dinner. We had met them briefly, on prior visits, but thoroughly enjoyed spending the evening together and getting to know each other in more depth. This was a fun visit with our friends.