Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Friday, September 28, 2012

Utah vacation - Day 1

Newton, Ks to Frisco, Co

For some time, we have talked about going to Colorado in the fall to see the aspens.  Al began to hear things about the canyons in Utah and we decided that we would go see both states.  This past week we took off.

As we were leaving Newton, I saw 2 contrails crossing eachother.  It reminded me of the cross; which made me think of God's promise "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 3:5).  And as I opened the Daily Bread in the car, the verse for the day was "I will not leave you nor forsake you" from Joshua 1:5! 

We weren't sure this vacation would be a possibility.  Several things happened that made us wonder if it was a wise thing to leave.  But we were encouraged to go and off we went.  With His reassurance to be with us and with our loved ones.

The windmills north of I-70.

When we got to Colby, we were ready for a break.

An oasis along the plains.

I had read about a HUGE Van Gogh "Sunflower" painting off the highway in Goodland and my friend, Carolyn Dewey had mentioned it in her blog.  So we looked for it.  We didn't see any directions to find it, but we had seen it from the highway and figured it out.  It is about 1/2 mile north of I-70, along Hwy 24.  This easel is 80-feet tall, and the painting is 32-ft.x24-ft.!

 It makes sense to have the Sunflower painting in Kansas, since it is the "Sunflower State".  And Goodland is at the center of the local sunflower industry.  Canadian artist, Cameron Cross painted this.  It was dedicated in 2001 during Goodland's Sunflower Festival. 

We ate our lunch along the way.  I packed lunch/snack food for the whole week so that we wouldn't have to stop at restaurants all the time.

We arrived in Denver just before rush hour.  I'm sure if we had arrived an hour later, we would have had to creep along.  Although it was heavy enough traffic in my books, it didn't really take long to get through town.


Our destination for our first night was:

This store reminded me of our own little bookstore/coffee shop "Pages" in Newton.

Such a cute town!  We found a place to eat our supper.

 Delicious chicken/spinach pizza!

I will show my ignorance.  I saw these in the closet at the place we stayed.  Al asked me if I knew what they were for.  I had no idea! 
For those of you who ski, you probably think I am pretty clueless.  But I have never skied and  have no intention of it so how am I to know these are ski racks?  Al had a good laugh about it.


The Sieberts said...

i wouldn't have known either Debby! :)

Nicole said...

Frisco is about 30 minutes from my parent's Mountain home in Leadville (south of Frisco about 20ish miles). I love that area! It's so beautiful! And the Aspens are gorgeous in September!

Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate said...

I love that you guys are wearing jackets! Cooler weather is so wonderful!!!!!!