Traveling farthest for the adventure is Dirk, coming all the way from Germany. He will rent his favorite Cessna Skyhawk in Grand Junction, as he's done numerous times before. First "out of the gate" to start making their way to Albuquerque were Mike and Ginny, who have a circuitous route across the country (Easton, MD to Albuquerque, NM via southern Florida!) plus a few bonus days in Santa Fe before the tour starts.
Actually, it should be clarified that they are the first paying customers out of the gate, as Ranger Kathie left Connecticut well before them, arriving in Denver to stand in once again for her parents Mark and Kathie. She couldn't miss seeing more National Parks with us during this Centennial year of the NPS. For those of you who travelled with her before, you know she can be handful. Cat Herder just snapped this photo of her; looks like she's definitely ready to party!
All predictions are for a great trip. The fall weather is gorgeous and there is still plenty of color left in the aspen trees. Cat Herder looks forward to traversing the West with everyone via airplane, Jeep, horseback, jet boat, tour bus, scenic train, and our own two feet! Oh, and we'll be celebrating, count 'em, THREE birthdays during this tour.
Stay tuned for future posts and photos.