July 31st 2012: Second Day on the Road (to Denver)

Tuesday morning rolls around and we pop out of bed, but not without first snapping this picture in bed (pix) which JM posted on reddit as: “They told us that since we’re in Salt Lake City, we could only have consensual sex in the missionary position”. Haha! ❤ We are out the door and on the road by 9:30am to head to Denver on the 80 again!

First, for breakfast though, we stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some goodies. There was this awesome structure in the front of it (pix) that looked like it would be super fun to climb up and dawdle on. Don’t you think? Yeah! Don’t ask. But when we got in, we realized that we couldn’t really bring peaches, or cherries, or blueberries because (a) there was nowhere really to wash them, and (b) they would make such a mess in the car…what with the way I eat things. We eventually settled on some pre-packed Whole Foods Salad, Dumplings, Juices, etc. Of note and interest though, and what really caught my eye was this huge ass section of Dairy. Here it is for yogurt (pix)! And Milk! It keeps going on (pix)! 😀 Trololol! White people aren’t as lactose intolerant as us Asians. :< no fair!

We finally hop onto the 80, and as the old man at the hotel had said, it was indeed absolutely gorgeous. We were on our way to Denver and would hopefully meet up with AlbertV – one of my good friends from back in high school all the way until now. He is now attending U of Colorado’s Medical School and apparently would only live a few blocks from where the movie theater shootings occurred. He had just gone out to Denver (with his parents) a few days earlier and was still in a hotel awaiting his new apartment!

The drive from Salt Lake City, Utah to Denver took us through Wyoming. Yes yes, I know we could have very well stopped at Yellowstone or whatnot (but we really didn’t have the time!) Well, going from Utah to Wyoming was beautiful. Again, pictures will be uploaded later from JM’s DSLR; however, Wyoming — if you ever find yourself passing through — is by far one of the most uneventful places EVER (pix).

One thing to note: There are a ton of Firework shops (pix), literally everywhere. For a place that looks like it will go up in flames any minute, firework shops (and those proposing that they are bigger than their next-door-neighbor) don’t seem to be the best ideas. But okay. If that’s how it is.

Luckily, the whole drive was in 70 mph zones (well, there were a few spots of construction that did slow us down to 1 lane and 55 mph, but those seemed few and far between). The road would climb a bit, and the dip down into a valley (pix), and then continue flat for another 50 miles with bluffs all in the background (pix). Despite how I must sound flaming at Wyoming, I think most of our good DSLR pictures and videos actually came from Wyoming onwards…

In the event you didn’t get enough bluffs (pix)! Seriously though, the scenery, however boring was just breathtaking in it’s awesomeness and how nature could actually appear (pix) so…REAL? [I think this way of thinking may be from being in California…lol] But it literally stretched out for as far as the eye could see (pix).

On one hand, we saw that we had time, so we stopped by the Carbon County Museum (link). If you are ever driving through Wyoming, and happen to be on the road, I would highly suggest stopping by this Museum (pix). It’s small and again, in the middle of nowhere, and while it gave me the HeebyJeebie’s, it was also very insightful. Unlike other museums which make this huge space for a teeny little bit of everything; this museum (because it was run by the county, and again in the middle of nowhere) collected everything and all types of memorabilia in one very contained small space!

We talked with the curator and she told us the story about Big Nose George (link) who was a murderer and thief and part of an outlaw gang. He shot up and killed a Sheriff and while he at first eluded escape, was eventually caught when he boasted about his exploits whilst drunk at a saloon. He was arrested, and actually managed to escape quite a few times before he was finally captured. While awaiting execution, however, he was lynched by the local townspeople who were sick and tired of this fool escaping and shit. There is a cast of his head from right after he died (apparently it took 3 tries of stringing him up before he finally KO-ed) that shows he didn’t have any ears! What happened to his fucking ears? The think that the first two times when he tried to escape, and the third time when he was slipping down the pole which he clung to with the last remnants of strength, the chains on either side of him as he moved back and forth, must have shredded off his ears! Woah! Intense! This man was bent on self-preservation TTM. Haha.

Turns out, after he died, his BODY WENT MISSING FROM THE MORGUE! Two doctors ended up taking his body in the name of medicine (in those days, such acts weren’t allowed), dissected it, stuck it into a barrel of whiskey and later buried it. This wasn’t found until the early 50’s (I think?), and had to be post-dated. When they did find his skull, however, they realized the top half of his skullcap was missing!!! Turns out, one of the doctors (a female doctor, and the first female doctor in all of the West at the time) had taken the top part of his skull as a souvenir and it had sat in the house used as a doorstop, a flower vase, and all other manners of normal everyday usage! As the docent had said, “In the Wild West, everything was used and re-used to maximize the potential and benefits!”

Best crazy story ever.

The museum also has, in the very back, a huge section of antiques — I know, they’re all antiques — but like big vehicles: buggies, fire engines of the past, huge typewriters, communicator boards, pioneer wagons, hitches, safes/locks that weren’t ever crackable until recently, etc.

Overall, a very very good museum with so much interesting history that you wouldn’t find at most everyday museums or even textbooks! Definitely recommend. But man, those hibbiegibbies! 😛

Sidenote: JM has been growing quite a lot of hair (both on body and on face), and since he didn’t bring his razor with him, the entire trip revolved around him having to electrically discharge himself against any form of metal. Quite a painful, but hilarious experience as you can see.

Step 1 – the inevitable tapping of metal. See how he grimaces there? 😛 (pix)

Step 2 – okay, touched and backing away (pix)

Step 3 – pretend it didn’t happen, walking the walk! (pix)

Step 4 – still hurting 😛 DORK! (pix)

We eventually got back on the road (pix).

And after much more driving, we got to Denver! (that took long enough!) As we getting closer to the city, there was lightning EVERYWHERE! It was an absolutely gorgeous sunset where one half of the sky was lit with the setting sun, and the other half was dark-cloud covered with bright streaks of light flashing across.

We got dinner at ModMarket (Yelp Link) and if you ever have a chance, you should definitely try it out. The food is hella local and hella fresh! 😀 Awesome other note, the receipt showed the calorie and nutritional content (pix) of each of the foods ordered. How sweet is that?

We got to our hotel, Quality Inn and Suites @ Denver International Airport, and decided to go walk around outside as it was still warm and comfortable. We ended up deciding with Albert that we’d meet up for breakfast as dinner was unfeasible. However, he had originally suggested going to Ruby Tuesday for dinner (with his parents) of which neither JM nor I were very interested in. Hence, we ended up at ModMarket. As JM and I were walking — we were right across the street from Ruby Tuesday — I decided I wanted to grab a drink. Unfortunately, all they had, were lame beers and nothing good on tap! (Weird, considering Denver is supposed to have some damn good microbrews). We ended up seeing Albert there, afterall! Said “hi” and chatted. That was good; unfortunately, that was the last time we’d see him as we didn’t end up meeting for breakfast. :<

Ewww, there was this bug (pix) in our hotel room that scared the living crap out of me. :X Hahahaha. It was good to just roll around at night and hang out, that’s for sure!

Thus ended Day 2.


About floatingsheep
Recently moved to Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech) for graduate school from good ol' sunny California. Wanting to share my (mis)adventures around the East Coast and in general. :D

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