Exploring new places

My heart was racing as I was driving towards the airport to pick him up. It has been two years since we last saw each other and so much has happened in that time that I was not sure if this was a good or bad idea.  But here I am now and there is no turning back.

I met him 2 years ago at an airport waiting for our flights to different destinations, where we had a long layover in the same destination. We spent all that time talking and laughing over dinner and drinks.  I wrote about him then. ( (click here) However, even though we had every intention of meeting again, life got in the way and the plan slipped by. However, we did talk, text and exchange emails occasionally.

When I got back to the US after my trip, he suddenly decided it was time to come visit. Considering I had plans to drive to Asheville NC, this seemed like a good time for a road trip.

After an 8-hour drive, we finally reached the quaint B&B in the outskirts of Asheville on a rainy evening. We spent the next few days exploring downtown Asheville, hiking and drinking beer at some local breweries and even made a trip to Carl Sandburg’s house.  However, by day 3, I decided that maybe this was not the place for me. I can’t say what it was that made me make that decision, but I had to trust my gut feeling.

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Now that Asheville was off my list, I had to check out the next place, which was Colorado. So despite all good intentions of me thinking that I wont be getting on a plane or stepping into an airport anytime soon, here I am again, sipping on over priced coffee listening to people talk loudly about their trips on their phones.

I stumbled out of my flight in Denver, CO on a late night, groggy from the night flight and the 2 hour time difference to see him again standing outside the waiting area for me.

The next day we drove around Wyoming admiring the open wide roads I had heard so much about. We took a drive towards the mountains and explored some of the state parks, during which we drove on dusty country roads with trees making its attempts to spring back to life and from time to time a stream would flow in between. I was in awe. Had I finally the place that might work for me?  After all I did say I wanted a place with a lot of outdoor activity, open space and not a big city and this seemed to be all of that and more, despite the fact that it even snowed one day.

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We drove around different cities including Fort Collins in Colorado and I was absolutely captured by my surroundings.

During all the road trips as should be, we listened and sang off-key to country music on the outskirts of the country roads.

I even had the chance to experience elk, moose and rocky mount oysters (if you are unsure what it is, I will let google explain that to you).

Driving to Denver was my favorite part. The sun was beating down on me and glistening on the snow-capped mountains as we drove on the open roads South on I25,  as I sat admiring the big blue sky and the endless open space.  The endless cattle you see seems to outnumber the people. We were lucky to see Elk, Moose roaming the prairie too.

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The snow-capped mountains

We made a stop at red rock amphitheater and explored and hiked around there too.

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Is this the place for me? I wish I had answer to that question, but for now, this place has captured me.

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About my random musings

I am originally from South East Asia and I moved to the US about 15 years ago to follow my heart. My heart has since been broken a few times, but I continue to be on journey of trying to mend it. I could talk about running, baking or writing in a small crowd, but put me in a room full of strangers and I will be the one standing in a corner people watching. When I am not writing or running, I would be in my kitchen, flour strewn all over the kitchen counters, music playing in the background and me just rolling and folding dough, excited about what my creation will turn out to be. Besides that I love passionately, when I love, I give it my all, not always a good thing, but that is who I am. I jump both feet in and sometimes I come out with regrets but having learnt a lesson. I believe everything happens for a reason and this is my place to share bits and pieces of my life, my adventures and sometimes misadventures. Hope you enjoy reading my stories as much I enjoy sharing them with you.
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16 Responses to Exploring new places

  1. That must have been such a delightful experience πŸ’›πŸ’› for me personally Travel is so much more than going placesπŸ’žπŸ’ž it’s a wholesome experience and I believe you had one thereπŸ’›πŸ’› Cheers, Charu

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    • Thank you. It was such a great experience. I agree travel is not about seeing all the touristy places, but instead the markets, the odd the beaten path things that the city has to offer. Thank you for reading.

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  2. Nice post and great images ☺

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  3. Ann Coleman says:

    I’m glad you had fun! I visited Red Rock a few years ago and also loved it.

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  4. How wonderful! It sounds like ya’ll had a lot of fun! Colorado is a very beautiful state! Where was Red Rock Ampitheatre?

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  5. joyroses13 says:

    It is beautiful out west!! I want to take my family to visit Colorado and Montana, etc. They may not want to come back though! My youngest especially! Always has wanted to be in the wide open spaces.
    I wish you the best! Glad that at least for now you are having a good time and who knows what the future may hold. πŸ™‚

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    • I don’t blame her if she doesn’t want to come back. It was tough to get back on that plane and be here in such close spaces city, it now makes me feel claustrophobic. But I really do hope you make it out there because it is absolutely beautiful. Montana is also on my list. I’m excited and scared about the future, but I’m positive about it. Thank you.

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