After leaving Morocco we flew back to our home of record, Colorado, where our dog, our stuff, and Michelle’s parents are. We spent about 4 weeks in and around the state before setting off again for more international adventures. What did we do with our time? Played with the dog (a lot!), cooked and ate delicious food (smoked salmon dip, hummus, nachos, tofu, CHEESE, and smoked a turkey for early thanksgiving), watched (American) football, spent time with Michelle’s family, and went camping.
Playing with the dog was a blast, we had missed her a lot while we were away. She’s a ridiculous, adorable mutt that we are both quite attached to. After being gone for almost 2 years we had wondered if she would remember us; we discovered at the Denver International Airport that she did. When Michelle’s parents pulled up to meet us (with ALL of our baggage) we discovered Leila eagerly awaiting us in the back seat. Best coming-home surprise ever! We had definitely been missing dogs while in Morocco; they’re considered unclean in (Muslim) Morocco and are usually only kept as guards or for work (like sheep herding).
Camping and hiking was a lot of fun and I saw Wyoming for the first time as we visited Yellowstone, the Tetons and then Rocky Mountain National Park back in Colorado. We saw so much; bison, elk, a moose, bears (from a distance), a fox passing through our campsite, pronghorn, a pika! and amazing views. *Pikas are small mammals with round bodies and fairly big round ears. This is a drawing by a super talented friend of mine that I worked with at the California Academy of Sciences: click me!
Finally, just days before flying to Vietnam we joined Michelle’s parents in picking tomatoes and Anaheim chilis (an annual event for them). As we had been eating the hell out of their stockpile of vacuum sealed frozen green chilis, it only seemed fair to help replenish the trove.
A couple bushels of tomatoes
ps-Hey everyone! Thanks for your interest in our adventures! With a bit of spare time on my hands during our current adventure I’ve taken on the challenge of figuring out how to do some coding (the fancy symbols and stuff that make a web page look how it does). This blog post is my first attempt. If you have a moment, do me a favor and let me know what you think about how it looks in the comments or in a message. Does everything seem uniform? Are the images straight and aligned in a rational manner? Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated!!