Most of my friends know that this has been a very trying day for me. I'm the Public Affairs Officer for Naval Air Station Oceana and my boss was gracious enough to allow me to take three weeks of leave for this vacation. The most major thing that could possibly happen in my job happened today and I'm not there. I spent a good deal of the day on the phone and on email. There are plenty of other Navy PAOs waiting to step up to the plate, though, and they were all there to today to make sure things ran smoothly. I really appreciate my colleagues jumping right in, some of them even came off leave but were still in the area. This means I will be able to continue my vacation and all I can hope and pray is that no one was seriously injured or killed in the accident today in Virginia Beach.
With that said, we did not end up riding our bikes today into the mountains for a couple of reasons, one being the crash in Virginia Beach and my phone constantly ringing from about 10 a.m. (Denver time) until about 12:30. By then, everything was set up in Virginia Beach, everybody knew who to talk to and my phone stopped ringing. The other reason was that it was very windy, so we just took a ride in the car with my Dad into the mountains and then to Boulder. A ride in a car is not near as fun as a motorcycle and I really found that I was missing my motorcycle and can't wait to continue our trip tomorrow.
We stopped at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on our drive into the mountains. I would love to see a concert here someday. When there is no concert, it's a place people come to just hang out, have a picnic, exercise and sight see. Here are a couple of pictures from Red Rocks Amphitheater today.
I'm so glad I got to see my Dad and Step Mom on this trip. I don't get to see them enough, for sure.
We finished our drive through the mountains going through Nederland, Colo. on our way to Boulder. My step brother Surat goes to school at University of Colorado at Boulder. Dad took us all out to eat, including his roommate, Sean, to Boulder Cafe on Pearl Street. Surat is on the right, next to my Step Mom Yunit.
So, that's it for today. Tomorrow we will head off again with a stop somewhere around Salina, Utah. We intend on camping, so my internet access may be non-existent, but I'll get another update as soon as I can.