Departure Day!

After several hectic days of packing our things and moving them into storage, we are ready to leave today on our big adventure through the Americas.

It’s amazing how as you get to end of the preparation process (or any moving process really), there always seems to be “one more thing” to take care of before you can say that you are completely done.  Today was no exception.  We had to do a final trip to the storage locker, return the moving truck to U-Haul, return our cable equipment to Comcast, and do several other errands before we could finally get on the highway toward the mountains west of Denver.

Sparks' van parked in downtown denver

Last-minute appointments in downtown denver. Hopefully not too many pictures of the van in a concrete jungle on the rest of the trip!

We had previously planned to leave “first thing” this morning.  It ended up being more like 3pm, but as they say it’s better late than never.  Even after working our tails off it was the best that we could do.  Ultimately it turned out that our departure was about 10 days later than the departure date that we had envisioned awhile ago.  Still … we did it!

Our first destination is actually southwest of Denver.  We’re taking a little detour to Salida, CO, to visit Witt’s parents.  Some R&R with Quinn’s grandparents is exactly what we need right now before we officially start our journey northwards.

Sparks family eating dinner outside in Salida

Our first dinner in a few days that didn’t consist of Qdoba or clif bars.


Witt’s mom made a yummy green chili and shrimp concoction









Sunset from Salida

The smoke from the forest fires burning in SW Colorado have the side effect of causing nice sunsets.



4 Responses to 'Departure Day!'

  1. Trish Cozart says:

    I see you decided to bring a bike after all! But only one. Who won rock, paper, scissors?

    We are ready to track your progress on the map at NREL.

    Good luck guys!

    • Witt says:

      No, we brought all of them. There’s only one visible in that picture because I had taken mine off the rack, and Quinn’s was in the back of the van because I hadn’t figured out the puzzle of having three bikes on there yet.

  2. Ben says:

    Yes! A bike! Don’t forget alamosa ethical quinoa before its too late.