Anne and I just got back from a week’s vacation visiting my relatives. First at a family reunion in Colorado, then staying with my parents who moved to Wyoming last year. Major impressions:

  • Colorado has some literally breathtaking scenery. I say ‘literally’ because it’s 10,000 feet above sea level, and when you spend most of your life in San Jose that makes for some pretty thin air.
  • Devil’s Tower looks pretty much like it did in Close Encounters.
  • It sure rains a lot in Wyoming, considering that it was August and there was a drought warning on.
  • Real estate is cheap there. My parents’ residence is like a big house with a second big house underneath it. They more than paid for it by selling their 3-bedroom, 1-bath house here in San Jose. In fact, it cost less than the townhouse Anne and I bought here last year.
  • I’d forgotten how much 56k dialup internet sucks. It used to be possible to use the net productively with a dialup connection. I’m not sure that’s true anymore.
  • There’s a serious lack of traffic in Wyoming. It’s unsettling to be able to drive into the equivalent of a major city without ever seeing a traffic jam.
  • Not reading the news for the past week or so has been very relaxing. I think I’ll keep doing it for a few more days.
One Response to “We're Back”
  1. Anne Haight says:

    I think my husband just revealed how much a San Jose native he is. ๐Ÿ™‚ That was not a lot of rain. Silverthorne, CO seems to enjoy about an hour of rain during their daily afternoon thunderstorm. Sheridan, WY was approximately the same, and it did seem to me that the drought warning was appropriate. I expected it to be raining more or less continuously while we were there, which was not the case.

    The drive out to Devil’s Tower produced a curiously precise downpour that started about 10 minutes after we arrived and didn’t let up until we drove out from underneath the storm cell.

    As for the lack of traffic, I found it to be pretty much like the drives I’ve made through Tennessee, which has some very small towns in it (Sheridan’s population is about 15,000), so I didn’t find it especially unsettling. Nice, but not disturbing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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