I sat in a hot spa last night and enjoyed a movie before bed. Balt was eager for a morning walk at 5am and I was disappointed that it was still dark. I had hoped to walk through a nearby golf course but I wasn't going to do that in the dark, so we stayed on the street and got a bit more than a mile in. Instead of getting out early, I went back to bed until 7:30am and then got out pretty quick and was on the road by 8am. It was very windy through the rest of Nebraska and the top of Colorado. It made driving a bit tricky and there were loads of tumble weeds to avoid and trucks that did not stay in their lanes.
Once driving eased up, I turned my book on and got to listening. By the time I passed through Denver I was bawling my eyes out because one of the main characters had died. I stopped when ever I needed to pee, get gas or take pictures. While driving through Breckenridge/Vail pass Balt came up to the front seat for what I thought was some love, and then puked on the floor. I thought it was so funny. He didn't want to puke on the back seat where he lays down, of course! He's so smart. So I had an extra stop to clean up his mess. I had plenty of wet wipes. I finished my book about an hour before getting to Bryce Canyon. I cried several more times. It was a very good "read." I think there is more emotion when listening to a book. It certainly makes driving 824 miles go by quickly. I'm not sure I would have ever been able to finish a book in two days. It was quite inspirational.
I'm at the Best Western at Bryce Canyon for a couple of nights. It's something I've always wanted to do... stop at a National Park and hike around. This year it's Bryce Canyon, maybe next year I'll stop at the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park (which is just an hour further up 89 from here). I'd like to get to Devil's Tower, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, and Joshua Tree in California. If I knock one off each year, I'll be thrilled. At some point in my life I realized if I wanted to do something, I just had to do it. I couldn't wait for someone to take me or even go with me. For so long, I've had the girls either to tag along or to take places and now it's just me and Balt. He's nice company and he often has complete strangers greeting me because of his friendly demeanor. Even with him vomiting in the car, he's a better companion than most.