Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Old Friends in New Places

Betsy here.  We left Gunnison and headed to our next destination – Montrose.  So you may be asking “why Montrose?”  The purpose of our stop was to reconnect with my dear college friends Melinda and her husband, Dick.

I had not seen Melinda and Dick for at least ten years when they came to New Orleans to see me and meet Nancy.  And before that it was probably twenty years.  I met Melinda at The Ohio State University where we were both doing research for our PhD’s.  She was already a veterinarian from California and Dick was a renowned professor there who developed the first vaccine for feline leukemia.  Melinda was working with cats and I was working with sheep among other animals.  But what really formed our bond was that both Melinda and I had horses and were competitive and endurance trail riders.  So throughout our years at OSU we spent many hours training horses and traveling together to beautiful places to compete and just enjoy trail riding.  It was so great to spend time with them again.  They also have a house in Tucson so we will hopefully see them again this winter.

But for now we are so glad that we headed west over the Rocky’s to Montrose.  This road trip has been so great for connecting with old friends.
My friends Melinda and Dick in downtown Ouray, the town that's called "little Switzerland".

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