We got to McKinney and settled in. we kept driving last night all the way to West (a Czech community north of Waco where I used to drive for Navigators "discipleship training" in the late '80s.) Last night we stayed at the -- wait for it -- the Czech Inn.
The cousins are playing now. I spent the last hour reading about my friends Joseph and Ruby and their new life in Vermont. iPhone won't let me easily create a hyperlink, so I'll add their blog to my sidebar (right). Check it out.
Turns out Joseph has a knack for writing, for capturing conversations, cuisine and picturesque details of his new environs.
Here's to the ability to start a revolution from one's bed: thanks to Typepad's snazzy new iPhone blogging interface, I am pleased to report that this post is being typed in my room, from my comfy bed. Amy's asleep next to me and the only light in the room is this iPhone keypad.
the king family reunion is underway. we are here in Durango -- the digs are sweet and if I sit out on our balcony I get free Wi-Fi. the iPhone prob is still there but intermittent ..
steamworks brewhouse in Durango gets an A for its stout ale, a D+ for food, and a D- for service to parties of more than 20 at a time.
this has been a great trip, and we're only a third of the way into it. it's 6:30 and the house is pretty much still asleep thanks to the de facto block party that went down last night in front of jim and kristi's house. between our family and another that was also visiting the lucas household [also on their way through town], and then throwing in the neighborhood kids to boot, we had something like sixteen or seventeen kids at one point, all running and jumping and performing gymnastics and bicycling in their front yard. reminded me of my childhood and the cast of characters who were my playmates on rock creek run.
yesterday (see photo below; i'll also post a propser gallery once back in san antonio), we went to red rock canyon and hiked a great family trail, perfect for the little kids. the grade was gradual enough so that our youngest ones could walk most of the time, and when we had to do a tike portage, it was safe and minimally exerting. (thanks, jim, for carrying emma the last leg!). we found giant dandelions, ate lunch in a natural cave (albeit graffitied), and hiked to the top of an old sandstone quarry.
i'm having a hardware issue with the iphone, and according to the folks at apple, i need to take it in for service :( i think i'll still be able to post from the road (this morning i'm using the lucas family computer before we hit the road). we're going to take the scenic route, through canon city (sorry, i don't know how to find the glyph on the PC keyboard), then on west on 50 through salida, gunnison and montrose. then we'll drop down south on beautiful 550, through ouray and silverton on the way to our durango destination. one of jim's philosophy professors told him "the nectar is in the journey" which is a nice way to phrase it; pray that we'll enjoy the trip.
phase one of our roadtrip / vacation / pilgrimage was to mckinney tx. we spent some great 'grandpa and grandma time' hanging out, sharing conversation over meals, swimming in their pool, and resting. our friends duane and elisa came by with their beautiful kiddos and we caught up on their life and talked about music and simplicity and the emergent gathering (duane, let's see if y'all can come!) - yesterday was the 12-hour stretch driving from the dfw area to colo spgs. oklahoma is beautiful despite my prejudices to the contrary. erik, we drove by turner falls and thought of you. and, danny, Kansas wasn't nearly as flat as I thought it would be. now we're staying with some good ol' friends who are stationed here in the shadow of pike's peak. fun to see kids grow up. had king ranch chicken, a Texas favorite, last night under a cool Colorado evening sky. learning how to type better on this thing.