Here I sit, yet again, at the Mesa Verde lounge at good ol’ Denver International Airport. Today I have the pleasure of catching a short little flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there I’ll head about 4 hours west to beautiful Holbrook, AZ. I’ll work there Tuesday and Wednesday, and then head 2 hours back the way I came to Grants, NM for a couple more days of work before heading home Friday or Saturday.
Here's the route I'll be taking through the high desert... Fly into 'A', drive to 'B', drive back to 'C' on my way back to 'A'. Got that?
While it might not look that exciting, hell it won’t be very exciting, I’m looking forward to it. When I was really young I actually lived in Grants while my old man worked at the same power plant that I’ll be working at, so I know a few little places in the area that are substantially prettier than my cubicle. I’ll get paid to do a fair amount of travel, and should only have to work 3 or 4 days… Not bad as far as these trips go. I’m by myself this trip, so it’ll be a bit lonely… But, to accentuate the positive, the free meals will be nice, and I might get some overtime in there too.
I’m still sort of amazed that I was standing on top of the Eiffel Tower less than a month ago, and tonight I’ll be checking in to the Econolodge, the armadillo of the Choice Hotel food chain, in a town of less than 5,000 people in the middle of nowhere in Arizona. It’s an interesting life I lead, I’ve got that going for me. And I have a lot to be thankful for, even if it’s far, far away right now.
So here’s to free drinks and getting sent off the beaten path. I’ll take plenty of pictures, and keep you posted.
Today, our ridiculously long walk around Paris comes to its conclusion at the Arc de Triomphe… Here’s the last of the pictures from our little stroll.
Another contingent of riot cops...
There it is... Napoleon would be proud.
As weird as this might sound, it was almost memorizing to stand there and stare at the traffic... The 'roundabout' is probably 6 or 8 lanes wide, with no lane markings, and there's probably 10 or 12 entrances and exits. It was nuts.
Some random pretty building across the street.
And with that we made the long hike back to the hotel… It was a long day, I figure we walked about 16 miles, give or take, and holy shit I was sore by the time we made it home… But it was an incredible experience, and thanks for coming along.
Also, I’ve just been informed that I’ll be spending next week in the New Mexico and Arizona desert, working first in Holbrook, AZ (pop. 5,126), and then in Grants, NM (pop. 9,182). While that might not sound horribly exciting, it’ll be nice to get out of my cubicle, and I’m sure I’ll take a picture or two along the way….
For today’s post, I’m going to try something new… Rather than inserting all the pictures into the post itself, I’m trying a little photo gallery. So click on any of the thumbnails down there, and you can scroll through the pictures to your heart’s content. If you want to see the full-sized image while you’re scrolling through the gallery, click on the “Permalink” button under the picture. Word.
While I think this is a better way to showcase the pictures, it means you won’t be privy to my incredibly witty and oh-so-charming captions. However, I don’t think you’ll miss them too much on this post. There’s a crapload of pictures of the Eiffel Tower, a picture of Lotta, the full moon, a dude selling some paintings, and there’s a bridge over the Seine in there somewhere too.
In one of those random happenings that one couldn’t plan even if one really wanted to, there was a free concert just across the Seine from the tower; that was pretty cool. It’s not every day you get to see a show in the shadow of one of the most famous monuments on the planet, so there’s a picture or two of that in there as well.
That’s enough chit-chat, click on the thumbnails and get to the pictures.
I hope you liked the pictures, and I certainly welcome any feedback on the gallery… Is it better? Worse? You don’t really care? Lemme know…
So long from Boulder, CO.