Monday, 8 June 2009

Arriving in Denver

This may be a little late - but it took me a couple of days to work out the wireless in the hotel, and flying home again reminded me of a couple of things I'd meant to tell you about flying out to Denver.

Aside from when we flew over Greenland, there was nothing terribly exciting about the flight itself. The food was average (that is to say, a lot better than some airline meals) and the entertainment system was disappointingly buzzy, as well as being the kind where the films start at specific times (making it impractical to change your mind if you start watching a bad film). I was slightly mystified by the number of people who seemed to want to sleep, considering that it was daytime in both timezones.

My first thought on seeing Denver was that, for a mile-high city, the area is remarkably flat. My new theory is that Europe, being so much smaller, doesn't have space for high, flat areas - in Europe, if it's high, it's probably also pointy. The real advantage to landing so high up is that my ears didn't pop.

Getting off the plane, I had to ask four different people in the airport before I got to the right desk to buy a bus ticket out to Boulder - and then emerged into the oppressive heat outside, to look for the bus stop. There was an American family waiting at the same stop, I don't know where they'd come from but I was amused to hear the kids exclaim "At last! Civilization! Food!" when Dad came back with hotdogs.

Here are some photos of the disappointing sunrise on Thursday; I tried to make up for the lack of sun by photographing it through the pine trees, but I'm not sure any of these shots are really any good - they are, however, an accurate representation of what we saw.







Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I think your sunrise pictures are lovely Rachel!! Very nice actually :)
It is hot in Denver isn't it? Pretty hot here in Georgia as well right now.

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Chef E said...

That is beautiful! I also agree, never understood people who want to sleep, as I am always excited, and cannot sleep in an upright position...we need giant gas drinking disco tech planes to entertain us! Or beam me up Scotty to solve the problem... Okay a bit silly for the day :)

A Scattering said...

wow! Nothing disappointing about those sunrise photos, they're great.

jenny2write said...

Yes, I agree they are nice sunrise photos but rather get the impression that the sun disappeared into fog when it came up? Yet I've always thought CO had very dry air. So I'm puzzled....why do you think they look that way?

Rachel Cotterill said...

Aww, thanks everyone, you're all so sweet! :)

Jenny - we had a particularly wet week, in fact a couple of the locals tried to suggest I'd brought the English weather with me! It was all very heavy cloud cover.

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