Monday, July 20, 2009

The Road: Day 2 – Hippie Havens.

I realized yesterday that driving for twelve hours a day is like the opposite of a marathon. It's like, how long can you handle NOT MOVING AT ALL? How long can you deal with a numb butt and leg muscle atrophy? Thankfully, we found two delightfully hippie veggie places to eat at yesterday.

Pet Area.
Possibly my favorite picture yet - at a gas station in rural Colorado.

The first was in Omaha, Nebraska - McFoster's. I got an amazing vegan (!) eggs benedict and Mike enjoyed a falafel wrap. It's housed in an old brick gas station, was filled with several dreadlocked guys and bicylcers, and when we walked up, there was a girl with a guitar on the patio singing Little Boxes. (She sounded EXACTLY like the Weeds opening song).

Falafel.

After driving through the rest of Nebraska, we arrived in Denver, where my sister and her boyfriend drove up from Colorado to meet us for dinner. They picked out a lovely little restaurant, Mercury Cafe– it was a quintessentially bohemian, complete with a poet performing (“War is but a fart with a long odor.”), a tofu-peppered menu, and yellow mellowing in the toilets.


Pretty much my BFF.

We even saw a man dressed as a wizard, ("He even has a spell pouch!" my sister's boyfriend noticed. What is a spell pouch? I'm pretty sure he made it up.).

Mercury Cafe.
Mercury Cafe

My favorite point in the night was probably when Tara told me that her boyfriend had said earlier, "You know she's going to be taking a ton of pictures for her blog." But that means he reads it! :)

After dinner, we headed to Mike's friend's house to crash for the night. Today we're hanging out in Denver for a bit before heading out to camp in Pike National Forest. For the record, I'm pretty much glowing with happiness - sitting in a coffee shop in Denver on a Monday morning in July. Not working, just drinking my white mocha in my tank top and flip flops.

I love summer. I love road trips. I love Colorado!

15 comments:

  1. this road trip sounds amazing!!!!!

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  2. i've recently become COMPLETELY addicted to Weeds and I effing love Little Boxes.

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  3. You're really good with that camera! And yeah, that picture is my favorite too!

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  4. Fun!! Your pictures are beautiful. so what if you take them for your blog- now we all get to see your awesomeness.

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  5. That Mercury Cafe place looks so cool! I'm glad you're having a delightful road trip so far. :)

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  6. yeah, sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to be on your heels in a few days! Hopefully I can be as faithful about blogging...

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  7. I'm glad that you're having so much fun! I feel like I'm on a roadtrip whenever I read your posts. :)

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  8. I love that you're keeping us updated as you road trip the country! I LOVE Denver and am so jealous you're spending some time there!

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  9. Sister... you forgot to comment on the lack of air conditioning and the fact that my tummy is STILL upset from all that tempeh aka food poisoning.

    "decaying flesh atop decaying flesh"

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  10. I love Colorado too! I'm glad you're enjoying it here.

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  11. The thing that I like best about this is the spell pouch. Because it implies you need a physical place for spells to stay while they're not in use.

    On that basis alone, it seems like you guys MUST be having a good time ;)

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  12. This trip sounds so fun! I didn't think a sanitary restaurant would let people "mellow their yellow." To each his own!

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  13. I love how excited you are that Tara's boyfriend reads your blog. You're amazing!! I am totally jealous of your really neat road trip with Mike :) I too love summer and not working...will you have summers off in the future due to your new job's connection with a school or will you work during the summer too?

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  14. Aw, these posts bring me back to the road trip my hubby and I took earlier in the year...oh, how I wish I could go back! :) Thank you for sharing all these lovely adventures - and seriously, your photos are simply glorious!

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  15. i'm super jealous of your road trip! amazing pictures can't wait to see more

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