Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Break Road Trip, Days 1&2

I was planning to write a bio about the current stuff going on and shit like that but I decided to write about our recent road trip during spring break...
So you know when you decide to get out and shake your soul a little bit, you will sit and write it down and plan and provision and go for it. Although it's good always to have a plan B, we decided to have a plan A-0.5, i.e. not so much tolerance for the offsetting phenomena of laziness, wonder, flat tire, and other shitty time killing occurrences. well I know, we couldn't change the weather and we would be in heaven if a meteor was supposed to crash on our car, but we took the chance of it being spring and weather is gonna be OK and left the rest of it to destiny and (stuff like that) that's how Amin ends his words sometimes!
Alright, alright, (that's kind of an slogan of Nima), well back to the plan, alright, alright, we sat down for two days and sorted everything out in order to have a perfectly organized trip to Grand Canyon, AZ. You know there is more than a thousand miles to that wonderland and it requires some other short goals which happened to be Rockey Mountain National Park, CO. Arches National Park, UT. before the surreal canyon on earth and the Kasha-Katuwe Tent National Monument, NM. after the farthest point heading back to the dungeon, lol, JK, Rolla is a peaceful place and I love it.
Who wants to talk about the expenses! Oh goodness, love to be rich, all the time, but you know I have always been rich, you tell me in terms of what. Well as far as it goes with the engineers we did some math and finally the four of us hit the road with a Nissan Rogue rented from Budget rentals at St. Louis Lambert Int. airport. I do recommend it right for the crazy people like us who want to drive thousands of miles because of the unlimited mileage they provide for the car. And hell yess, the car was all brand new, won't tell you what happened to the car till the end of the trip. Go Nima, you got it only a few miles to KOA of Salina, KS. our first night spent on the grass site of the camp ground, two of us wrapped in warm clothes (Nima says reinforcements, lol) tucked into the sleeping bag, on an unfolded spread tent! the other two remaining in the car, slept for two hours, maybe less, and someone whispers in my ears, Sajjad wake up it's 4. Dang it buddy! when it became time! whatever!! lets pack it and wrap it and get going. That was my turn then, sweet sunrise of the road, Hassan sitting next to me on the front seat and the rest dreaming of their sweet hearts on the back seat, Gosh, that sunrise was beautiful, right on the road, though we were traveling westbound but I could vividly see it through the side mirrors ... hope you feel it someday if you haven't yet!!
After about 2.5 years, my eyes were cheerful of seeing a mountain in the far west, right in front of us, comrades sleeping and the white caps on the Rockey mountain ridge was just looking straight into my eyes. Dazzled with the beauty of the arena, kept driving toward Denver, CO. Wake up everyone, we are close to an oasis of beauty, too close to the detour to the first objective, an argument popped up to go to the downtown, Denver. Who doesn't want to say I saw Denver too. alright alright, let's wide some eyes open to the sky scrapers of this city. Just like the other cities, nice and clean, we passed through some chess-like streets of the downtown, watched the buildings and filmed and pictured a little bit and hey GPS, get us there to Boulder and Estes Park where we had our second campground reserved.
This drive to Boulder was fine, another university towns I would loved to be in for my "higher education" only because it contains another third of my hometown's features, I mean the green mountains. Well anyhow, got gas in Boulder and there comes another neat rural highway which hosts the cyclists too! Driver speaking: get off the road you crazy boy, oops, that was close, holy cow! this is awesome guys, closer to Estes Park, CO. we were on a mountainous highway, the facade was cut, dividing the mountain to the uphill and the valley, grasping our path in the middle, creating this gorgeous view in front of us...
This is pretty cool, sweet March. weather was impressive, not cold, not warm but chilly, you want to bite it. We had a pause at the Estes Park entrance symbol or whatever shot some pictures and took off to the campground!
A camp site that never got the chance to host us for the night. crazy enough, we found out that I made a mistake in the reservation, shoot! it was reserved for the same day in May, silly boy! hahah!! but there comes the lucky charm I got on my back all the time: Moraine Park which was a great camp ground for our purpose! don't worry there will be photos for the interestedzzz!!
Well there we go, set it up buddy, we are not tired yet, lol, that was a compliment, empty the trunk, get the stuff into the tent and euw yes, I forgot to mention we also "got our bellies soaped" for the dinner which was gonna be Steak (all types of it at our camp, 24-7, ready to serve the awesome hikers of Rocky's). We didn't have this sorta meal in our plan, but you know there were friends among us who adore meat, specially beaf and well, I do like it too, I won't reject it, hahah!!
Let's go to the trail we had in mind for almost a week, the Bear lake trail. can you believe we had a hike starting from the Bear lake to the Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park after about 7 hours of driving. Well yeah we found love in the place we were watching. There was a big frozen Bear Lake, surrounded by the evergreen trees of pine and spruce and so on ...
Ground was ice covered and walking was kind of a challenge, the funny part was Amin's, who was trying to not walk like an old man who cannot open his legs, lol!! he got a sneaker on the ice. Well good luck with that buddy. Not too strange, we saw a bunch of Iranians, speaking Farsi... a mom and a sis visiting the big man of the family who flied overseas to pursue education, or the smart boy of the family who could free himself for a better life, aah, never mind, the same old shitty topic always comes to mind!! Anyway, Nima knocked down hahaah, the three musketeers headed uphill to the Alberta Falls, walking and passing through the don't-know-the-name trees and snow covered creeks, jumping and playing around, Hassan posing for the camera, Amin trying to be stable and not slip down the hill, Nima probably chilling at the lake and then returning to the car thinking about the well made steak tonight...
Well we made it to the top, the three of us, and stayed there for a while enjoying the view of the forest and down the feet. I got stuck in the snow waist-high deep in the snow. hah! I couldn't get myself free and needed help to dig the snow and finally freedom! such a memoir hahah!! we got to play with the 0-degree water streaming below the ice and returned to the camp. Oh who wants a delicate tasty steak barbeque in Rocky mountains in Colorado... have a great night you all gang in the wild ...

Much fun ahead of us, in the next posts...
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