Road trip of few National Parks and Monuments in USA - Day 7

Asha Desh By Asha Desh, 21st Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Seven day road trip across four states in USA. Wake up to different sites each day and in the process, rekindle the inner self. - Colorado.

Geology Museum - Denver.

Day 7: Last day of our tour. Grand Junction – Dillon – Denver.
We left Grand Junction early in the morning, so the bus was very quiet with sleepy folks. It could also have been due to the thought in everyone’s mind that this was the end of the vacation. Anyhow, it seemed to be a somber crowd. The morning scenery between the mountains was beautiful and peaceful. We travelled through the Eisenhower - Johnson Memorial Tunnel in Dillon Co. The tunnel is nearly two miles long and located 11,000 miles in the air, making it one of the highest tunnels in the world. We arrived in Denver by late morning, and visited the Geology Museum. The Museum has all kinds of gems and minerals from all over the world, from jewelry to chess board with pawns, and interesting items, like an old fashioned safe, but the main attraction is the Moon Rock collected during the Apollo 17 mission. Almost everyone simply had to take a picture by the side of the Moon Rock.

Good Byes

This was followed by a delicious Chinese lunch at a place called Golden, and then we were dropped off at the Denver airport. Same place where we had met as strangers barely a week ago. And now it was a group that had travelled as a family, bidding good bye to each other. The driver and tour guide had done a remarkable job. Hugging and waving each other good bye, we all departed for our flights in various directions.

Home Sweet Home

I departed from Denver with fond memories of this trip. I will think of the girl with the camera who took so many pictures, not just of her companions, but of so many others too. I will remember the guy who was always ready to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it, who had a smile on his face at all times, who constantly said, “Live in the moment”. I will remember the young girl who was working hard to put herself through school, yet found time to travel. I will think of our driver and tour guide, both young men, striving hard to come up in life. I will remember the young lady, who was travelling with her parents. She taught me a couple of phrases in Mandarin. I have forgotten them now, but I still remember how her face lit up when I wished her “Good morning” in Mandarin every day. I may never see any of these people again, but I will think of them once in a while and wish them well.
Our flight back from Denver to Florida followed the same route as our outgoing trip, with a stopover at Atlanta. We arrived by mid night, with the first signs of noticeable exhaustion of the trip. It was good to be home. I sign this series off, with a saying that everybody can relate to.
“Home sweet home, be it ever so humble, there is no place like home”.

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