Fort Collins, CO Graduation trip

Today is July 4th , 2012 – Foolishly I volunteered to help the Mother of the Pack catch up her blog – I’ve read her articles & I’ve read mine (or tried to) – I prefer hers.  You probably will too, so just read it, get the facts and move on , I am!

May found us at home buying a new set of wheels.  Mother of the Pack now drives a Hyundai Veracruz with Sirius radio & sunroof.  For its maiden voyage we decided to drive to Fort Collins, CO on May 23, 2102 for our granddaughter Emma’s high school graduation. The new vehicle traveled great, plenty of room for dogs and luggage.   Our Mom & one daughter flew up and while we were there we acted as shuttle for the 6 of us.

First night of the journey found us arriving late in Raton, NM where the motel operator cautioned us to not leave any food in our vehicles.  Seems they have a black bear that raids the parking lot occasionally.  After a non eventful evening (no bears) we arrived in Fort Collins around noon the next day and connected with the local tribe members.  That Thursday evening we attended International Baccalaureate Ceremony for Poudre High School.  The 100 or so IB graduates were allotted 3 minutes to describe their experience.  Apparently some of their watches did not have a minute hand!  Long evening after a long drive!  Friday evening was graduation and Poudre High School is organized in this area.  They have two people calling names and two columns of graduates the whole time.  After watching 8 grandchildren graduate from high school we have become very aware of how it’s done and believe that Poudre is ahead of all the others in this field of endeavor.

Breakfast – I love my breakfast – My grandmother taught me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day & I subscribe to that idea whole heartedly.   Fort Collins has a host of restaurants but the Farmers Table on W. Elizabeth does an outstanding job of serving a first class breakfast – we recommend it heartily.  We enjoyed a quiet breakfast there both Friday & Saturday mornings.

Saturday noon we made a brief appearance at a party for Emma and her graduation friends then headed back to Richardson.  After experiencing miles & miles of road repair and construction in New Mexico then heavy traffic in Denver, by unanimous decision we elected to drive east thru Colorado and drop down through Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.  Not all of our decisions are intelligent, to say we fought the wind is the classic understatement of the century.  When we stopped for dinner we were told that wind gust were reaching 50-55 mph.  Trust me a Hyundai Veracruz has to be tough or we would have gone on down Dorothy’s “Yellow Brick Road”.

We had dinner Saturday night at an amazing restaurant called the Colonial Steakhouse in Oakley, KS on Hwy 83 at Hwy 70  They have been there for 30 years and we can see why they have lasted.  We found an “all you can eat” buffet.   GREAT food, crab legs, roast beef, fried shrimp & delicious vegetables all very reasonable priced.  Needless to say I did get all the crab & shrimp I could hold.  Since the Mother of the Pack volunteered to drive I even managed an after dinner nap.

Arriving late, we spent a night in Garden City, KS.  Garden City has to be the site of the world’s largest feed lot.  We’ve been told that one feed lot there slaughters 10,000 head of beef per day.  One tip we can offer; is always get a room upwind of the feed lots.  Don’t know where upwind is?  Just follow your nose, when the air clears you’re up wind!

Sunday afternoon about 4:30 PM we landed at home – whew!  And we don’t have to make another journey for a week.  More on that later!

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