Since Christopher is looking for new employment we decided that right now would be the best time to move. Colorado has been high on our lists, but I've never been there and before we decide to move there I wanted to check out the place. We decided to take a road-trip there and check it out.
We started off our journey in the morning and were in four states: CA, NV, AZ, & UT. We ended our trip in Beaver, UT. The boys did awesome, like usual!
|Taking a break from the car|
We stopped in a little town called Beaver for our first night. We decided to go have dinner at a diner. When we got there they gave us some water and I commented on how this water tasted really good. Well, as we were waiting for our food I decided to Google Beaver and found out that "In 2006, Beaver won a contest for best rural water taste in the United States. In 2010, Beaver took top honors in world for best tasting water." Their water is really good and I think that I must be a water connoisseur! The boys were also BEYOND thrilled to be staying in a motel.
Across the street from the diner was a liquor store. It was closed and therefore Christopher was not able to see if they had shirts of their store :]!
We continued on the long haul of our road-trip from Beaver, UT to Longmont, CO. It was a L-O-N-G drive! The boys did great and we also relented and let them watch movies in the car. They're usually good about being movie free, but we all needed a mindless break!
The drive on I-70 has to be one of the most beautiful drives I have ever been on! The scenery is so gorgeous and breathtaking. I'm glad that we did this road-trip so that I was able to enjoy this beauty! So much open land with nothing, but mountains!
These pictures don't do any justice to what you see with your naked eye.
Christopher got hooked up with a realtor and he showed us some houses in the areas that we were looking at moving too. An interesting thing about Colorado is that every house has a basement. Being from California this is a new concept. One of the towns that we really liked was Erie, CO. It is a relatively "new" town with lots of new construction and an influx of people moving there so everything is just being built up. It isn't too far from Boulder, if Christopher got a job there. Their park and recreation center were beyond amazing! Colorado also has lots of open space for biking, running, & hiking, which was really nice!
|Here is a view of the rec center and the library|
|The beautiful mountains in the background!|
|The boys only cared about the snow and wanted to play here forever!|
|The rec center had a crazy indoor pool area. It's hard to see from the glare, but it was very cool!|
We went to Boulder on this day. Christopher had some people that he was going to meet with that could hopefully hook him up with a job or get him some other contacts. The boys and I went to Golden & Broomfield, CO to check out those towns to see if we liked them.
|Nathan was enjoying being a horse at Beth Ann's house|
We got together with Dave the Realtor again so that he could show us some more houses in other neighborhoods. We LOVED Dave and if we move in an area he serves we will definitely be using him! Before we left the boys played in some snow at Beth Ann's house. That evening we headed up to Fort Collins and stayed with my friends Melissa, Anthony, and their three kids.
The boys were beyond excited to be playing with kids their own age and with lots of toys. We also really enjoyed Melissa and Anthony's company. That evening we went and visited my friend Heidi, who I haven't seen since elementary school, and her family. We stopped at her husband's office. He founded Begin Again Toys and they were setting up their displays getting ready for the big Toy Show Expo in New York. It was pretty cool! We then went and had a beer at the O'Dell's Brewery.
We said goodbye to Fort Collins and headed back to Boulder for some more meetings that Christopher had. It had snowed the night before and everything was covered with a few inches of snow and it looked very beautiful! We also decided to divide our driving up into three days so that we didn't have two days that were super long. We ended up leaving Boulder in the afternoon and drove to Grand Junction, CO.
We drove from Grand Junction, CO to Jean, NV. We were going to drive to Vegas, but everything was a little expensive and The Gold Strike in Jean was cheap and got us a little closer to home. The hotel was okay, but the casino was the saddest casino we have ever been to!
Another funny story is that when we went to our first motel the boys pulled open all of the drawers and they saw the bible. They thought that it was some book that was left there and were curious about it. Every time we went to another motel they would pull the drawers open and exclaim, "There's the magic book! Look the book is here too!" It cracked us up how they thought this book was magically appearing at all of the places we stayed at!
We got home and were happy to be back and out of the car! The trip was a good one overall and I think that Christopher is sold on moving there. I'm really appreciating Southern California, the greenery, trees, and the nice weather so we will see what the future holds!
Oh, I also forgot to take a picture this day :(!