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Wild West road trip Days 1 and 2 Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming
 
 
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After an unbelievable road trip in Iceland and after moving to St. Louis where we leased a new Scion XD, Ilaria and I decided a great trip to burn off some of the 12000 miles we get on our car each year would be to follow the old pioneers who left St. Louis to head west.
 
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So we packed up our stuff,
 
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and I developed a system to keep my plants watered for
 
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up-to two weeks.
 
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At our first gas stop, we ran into a little man dressed
 
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like a real pioneer.
 
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Our only city on the first day was Kansas City,
 
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the rest of the day was just
 
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farms,
 
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nice blue skies,
 
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and more farms.
 
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The next morning, we left our Day's Inn hotel
 
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in Hays Kansas
 
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and drove by
 
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farms,
 
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mills,
 
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oil pumps,
 
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crop dusters,
 
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sunflower farms,
 
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and more farms before arriving in
 
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colorful Colorado.
 
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I wouldn't really call this landscape colorful, but it was certainly a welcome site after so many hours of farms.
 
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Colorado also had lots of these little windmill things.

The part of Colorado near Kansas is also pretty devoid of people and there really aren't any large suburbs
 
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so Denver just sorta jumps out at you.
 
Denver skyline
It was my first time in Denver (Ilaria's second) and I really liked the city with the mountainous backdrop.
 
Colorado State House
We parked by the state house and walked around
 
Ilaria Mogno Jeremiah Faith in Denver
together
 
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to take in this beautiful day
 
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in a town with a really nice atmosphere.
 
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Denver is at a pretty high altitude
 
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and is often called the mile high city
 
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because one of the steps of the state house is
 
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one mile high.
 
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We left the flower filled
 
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landscaping
 
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of the state house
 
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to take a walk around the city
 
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that was soon to host the DNC for Barack Obama.

We drove around the city looking for a place to have lunch, but decided
 
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to drive towards Boulder
 
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and find a place
 
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to eat
 
illegal petes Boulder
 
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yummy.
 
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The main reason I wanted to drive through Boulder was to see
 
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what many folks say is the most beautiful setting for a college in the US -- UC Boulder.
 
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Pretty nice...
 
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After a little more driving, we arrived in
 
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Wyoming -- our third state of the day.
 
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The landscape was changing again and towns were getting smaller
 
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and smaller.

Buford claims to be the smallest town in the US.
 
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They probably have some of the most expensive gas in the country too, so we only bought one gallon to make sure we'd get to the next station.
 
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Wyoming brought the most interesting weather of the trip, you could always see what the weather would be like in the next few minutes.
 
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Rain, sun, rainbows,
 
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blue skys,
 
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purple sunsets.

We'd made great progress and were starting to near some of our main destinations,
 
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so we stopped at a Microtel in Rawlins
 
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for the night.