First a correction, the tree that brought tears to my eyes was a Russian Olive. Thanks for the correction Mom.
As anticipated my car did not start in the morning in Grand Junction. I called USAA again and they sent out the same guy from A Bargain Mobile Locksmith. While I was waiting I read a bit of my manual to see if I could figure anything out. There was a little security light flashing on the dash, which I only remember seeing maybe once before. So I read about that. I suspect something got disconnected during my pre trip check, because this little light lights and my turn signals no longer flash when I lock and unlock the car. So I did learn something but I didn’t figure anything out. It started right up with the jump and he offered to show me to the battery shop he likes! I said, if you don’t mind and have time that would be great! So we headed across town. We walked into Hensley Battery & Electrics of Grand junction. The guy behind the counter greeted us. I said I needed a battery, he said he knew and motioned behind him saying “he’s pulling it.” I was very confused. I had called to see if they were open and learned they closed at noon but I hadn’t given him any car specs. Turns out my handy roadside assistance guy had called ahead. I love great service!
They tested my battery – BAD BATTERY. It turned out to be a battery that AAA had put in in 2006. The car is a 2004 and I got it in 2009. Anyway, the new battery went in, they let me watch and ask all sorts of questions. Their shop was so organized! I bet their inventory is spot on. I paid, I shook everyones hands, I thanked everyone one more time and collected business cards so I can write reviews.
Then, because I had figured out my grandmother’s house was on “Bel Mont” not “Belmont” I decided to visit it too. This was not such a great idea. A. I hardly remember the house B. it looked terrible and C. I didn’t recognize it. Over all it was kind of depressing not like the condo at all. However, on the way to the house I did see 2 large birds of prey circling something just off the road. Since my grandmother was a long time Audubon member and we would frequently go birding I thought it an appropriate sighting. With that I was ready to head to Vail. I stopped for gas and got on I-70.
On my way I passed through Grand Mesa. My grandmother and I used to go there when I would visit. And that’s where we scattered her ashes. I drove around but because my previous trips had all been before I was driving I really didn’t have a good memory of the routes. But that didn’t take away from the beauty. As I was about to get back on I-70 I saw a very distinctive bird under the highway near some water. I pulled over grabbed my binoculars and camera but by the time I got back to the spot I had seen him he was quickly walking away. As though he knew I had seen him and he wasn’t supposed to be out. His long thin neck and almond-shaped head vanished from sight.
Back on I-70 I went. There’s this lovely transition from brown, orange, red and white mesas to green covered mountains on this drive. They both feel like home to me. I was encouraged to “Think Rain” by several signs along the way. And so I did. I pulled into Vail around 3PM. I knew I couldn’t officially check in until 4 so I tried to find the condos. I knew where they were but hadn’t driven to them in a very long time. Unfortunately I got off one exit early so I had to drive through town a bit. But I did end up finding them. With that accomplished I went to the grocery store for some basics. Milk, Palisade Peaches, Rocky Ford Cantaloupe, I intended to get some Olathe Sweet Corn as well but the produce guy had just started putting the new shipment out and I didn’t want to get in his way. I’ll pick it up later in the week. But I did get a bottle of Colorado wine! Since I drove through some of the wine country it seemed appropriate. I headed back to the condo and got myself checked in. It was really nice to be checking in for a week after all those 1 night stays. I unloaded the car and settled in. I’ll admit I didn’t do much. Once everything was in its place and the car was empty. I sat down for a little nap.
Today I walked to town and through the Farmers Market a few times. I was surrounded by dogs of all sizes and shapes. So much so that I didn’t mind the crowds. There were 2 beautiful Saint Bernards (not together) a stunning Bernese, an adorable Yellow Labwho has yet to grow into his feet and so so so many more. I smiled and said hello to all of them but I restrained myself and only played with one of the Saints and the Lab. I have faith that when there’s less of a crowd I’ll get more one on one time in. I picked up a new hat (one that keeps shading my face despite the wind! Instead of blowing off my face) I continued onto Lionshead and then took the
Gore Creek Trail Gore Valley Trail back to the condo. All the while in my Eat More Kale t-shirt. Hopefully it got him some sales! After a nap I went out to pick up dinner and more sunscreen, just in case.