Whenever we travel west, we always plan a stop either coming or going to visit my brother and cousins who are in Colorado. The visit with my brother didn't happen because of scheduling issues but we did spend several days with my cousin Eileen and her husband Dan in Monument, Colorado, a little north of Colorado Springs. Bob always wants to stay for at least three breakfasts because Eileen is a wonderful cook and hostess and her Chile Relleno cassarole and Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby can't be beat Add to that, great spaghetti sauce and Beef Roast, not to mention the homemade muffins and peanut brittle and you have a certain weight gain. Worth it to visit with my sister from another mother and her amazing husband and also as a treat, to see my other cousin Tim and his wife KJ who also live close by.
Today, we left Monument to begin the trek across eastern Colorado and into Kansas. Ugh! Naturally, it was snowing when we left, with a dusting on the ground already. And cold! 39 degrees, windy and icy. Ugh, again! It never got above 43 degrees all day as we drove the featureless plains. The only spots of light were the white butts of the antelope who were easier to spot on this gray day because they didn't blend in quite as well with their surroundings. It's always a treat to see the Pronghorn Antelope in their natural habitat on the prairie, and that was about all you could see through the mist and rain that accompanied us as we headed east.