Until today, I hadn't. Today's visit unofficially makes me the first member of our family to have visited all 50 states! I say "unofficially" because I've flown into the Salt Lake City (Utah) airport before, but I've never actually touched ground outside the airport. We'll be there in two days, though, so that will make it official. Colorado was the last state I hadn't ever visited in any way. Not any more!
We left the hotel this morning and stopped for lunch at "Serious Texas BBQ". They're located in Bloomfield, New Mexico, and they're really good! They don't mess around- they sell BBQ by the pound for everyone to share. That's a good deal when you're a family of seven, and you don't want to keep getting individual kids meals that they won't finish. We were able to take our time because we only had an hour to go to reach the venue today.
The show was in Durango, Colorado. The drive is interesting- if you're coming from the South as we did, you'll drive through the desert and mountains for what seems like forever. Then, all of a sudden, there's a city nestled at the base of several mountains. Durango is a huge town for outdoor adventures such as hiking and rafting. You'll drive past MANY cars with kayaks tied to the top.
Today's show was at Durango Christian Church. Initially, the show was to be held in a park. We were in town early, so we went to look at the area- and saw this deer right in the middle of the neighborhood:
The rain was looking a bit threatening, so the call was made to do the show indoors at the church. Durango Christian Church had a great stage and great helpers! We were able to get in and set up easily. One thing had escaped our attention, though- every show, we cut through a potato to demonstrate the workings of a giant saw on stage. So, we have to periodically restock the potatoes in our rolling cart. Well, we used the last potato yesterday. I quickly ran to get more before the show, but where does one get potatoes in an unfamiliar town? Google Maps to the rescue! We were able to find a "City Market", very similar to the Kroger's stores we have in Cincinnati. I made it back to the church just in time to finish the remaining setup and begin the show!
The show went great. The people were fun and very receptive. Thanks again Pastor Jon! After the show, we were loading out when Silas and Lydia yelled "DEER!". We looked outside and there were two deer (bucks this time!) walking right down the street: