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Monday, July 30, 2012

trip to denver

Sometimes life is so good, it doesn't take any effort at all to find the joy.  This weekend, Paul and I went to the wedding of one of his Jesuit Volunteer Corps roommates in Denver.  She and her new husband are so down to earth, and the wedding was a great celebration of who they are as a couple.  The wedding weekend was also a mini Jesuit Volunteer Corps reunion as former Jesuit Volunteers traveled from around the country to celebrate with the happy couple.  Reunions with old friends may be one of my favorite things.  You remember how much you have in common, you catch up and reminisce, and laughing comes so easily.

The weekend flew by but we managed to sneak in a visit to one of the coolest places in the country: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. The concert venue was built in the middle of a group of beautiful, HUGE red rocks.  With amazing natural acoustics, Red Rocks has featured top name acts (and movies!) for over seventy years.  We didn't get to see a concert, but we did take in the sites and got some soft serve ice cream at the visitor center.

We actually saw not one, but two national sites on our trip.  We drove up to Lookout Mountain to find a nature center, but then saw a sign for Buffalo Bill's grave site and decided to check it out instead.  I know almost nothing about Buffalo Bill and visiting his grave site was not exactly on my 101 in 1001 list, but since we were there we figured "why not?"  It was one of those places that I would never purposefully visit but appreciate for its potential to make an interesting memory.  This place fit the bill. 

We had an excellent time in Denver, and I am feeling the tiredness that comes from a jam packed three day weekend.  I love that Paul and I have the means and opportunity to take these trips.  Being from different parts of the country and having moved around a lot since college, we know people all over and love to spend time with them.  But it's bittersweet.  Seeing friends and family fills us up and feels like home, but it's so hard to say goodbye not knowing when you'll see each other again.  Learning how to maintain relationships with family and friends across great distances is a challenge for us, but we do our best and budget for lots of plane tickets.  We're so lucky to have so many wonderful people in our lives, it's worth the work to keep them in our lives.  

Have you taken any good trips this summer?  How do you keep up with friends and family who live far away?

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