Saturday, May 20, 2006

Day Nine: WE'RE FINISHED!



We pulled into Nick's driveway in Boulder at 7:20 PM on May 19th, after visiting every county seat in the state of Colorado! Ryan celebrated with this battle cry (70KB WAV file). Here's photos from the last day on the road:



Last night, after traveling further than we expected, we stayed at a condo owned by a coworker of Nick's dad's. It was incredible! Thanks for letting us stay, Dave.



We watched the classic film 12 Angry Men, to help get us in a justice-y sort of mood for the last day of visiting courthouses.



Ryan looked like some sort of larva in his sleeping bag.



Our first stop was in Leadville, where we saw this strange house with an eyeball for a window (in the upper left).



We drove up around Leadville's historic mining area and looked at all the old, abandoned mines.



There are all sorts of abandoned mining buildings in the area. We hiked up to this one, although we had no idea what it was for.



Leadville's altitude is above 10,000 feet, so there was still some deep snow. Hiking in this snow is hard, and we all sank in past our knees every other step we took.



Ryan decided to jump off this ledge into the deep snow below...



...and promptly got stuck up to his waist. I'm not quite sure what he expected to happen, but the outcome was humorous.



We spent a good part of ten minutes digging him out. You can't tell here, but Ryan was wearing shorts, and his normally-pasty legs turned a bright shade of pink.



This was the method of choice for sock-drying. We got some very strange looks from passers-by.



And this - Beau Jo's Pizza in Idaho Springs - was our sustenance following the mine-hiking. The pizza here is so thick, you feel like a mountain man when you eat it. It just makes you want to grunt.



We crossed the Continental Divide another two times today, marking our 7th and 8th times overall. Here's number seven on top of Fremont Pass...



...and number eight, inside Eisenhower Tunnel!



After a long day of driving, we finally reached Nick's house, and were faced with the daunting task of unpacking the car...



The Bradleys had these balloons waiting for us, though! Thanks, Bradleys!


And thanks to everyone who's been following this blog. It's been a kick and a half. I'll post a couple of final statistics and whatnot later on.


We visited 8 county seats today! Here's the proof:



Leadville, Lake County



Georgetown, Clear Creek County



Gambling on the steps in Central City, Gilpin County.



Picking our noses in Golden, Jefferson County.



Littleton, Arapahoe County.



Attempting to lick our elbows in Denver, Denver County.



Brighton, Adams County



Rocking out! Our last county courthouse in Broomfield, Broomfield County.



We felt like we had to return to Boulder, for our last photo. Huzzah! 64 counties in nine days!


Our progress so far:

DAY NINE STATS:

Miles Traveled - 269
Total Miles Traveled - 3434
County Seats Visited - 64
Percent of counties done - 100%

Leadville (Lake County)5/19/068:39 AM
Georgetown (Clear Creek County)5/19/0611:02 AM
Central City (Gilpin County)5/19/061:24 PM
Golden (Jefferson County)5/19/062:15 PM
Littleton (Arapahoe County)5/19/062:55 PM
Denver (Denver County)5/19/064:01 PM
Brighton (Adams County)5/19/064:58 PM
Broomfield (Broomfield County)5/19/065:57 PM

Albums listened to:

  • Rilo Kiley - Rilo Kiley
  • Rogue Wave - Descended Like Vultures
  • Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
  • Rush - Chronicles
  • The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
  • Ben Folds - Songs for Silverman
  • Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams

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AAAAAAAAHHH!!! thanks for the nose-picking picture... don't forgot to tell Sam to check it out. :)

Welcome home you guys!! It was fun to follow your trip and live vicariously through the four of you...*sigh*.. to be 19 again.

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