Here’s a brief update of my trip up north (to Colorado)… I drove the first five hundred miles the first day, leaving the easier (four hundred miles) to the next. It’s not a particularly scenic drive until you get on I-25 from Raton (New Mexico) to Pueblo, Colorado. But, all of that sagebrush and dry, flat land gets a great pay-off when you go on the Raton Pass – through some of the most beautiful mountains. Truly gorgeous.
I don’t mind the drive (though it is a little long) because I always have my audible.com books with me. This time, I had both Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver and Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael in the car with me as “passengers”. Perhaps this is why the trip doesn’t seem so unappealingly long. I am “kept company” with the words of two of my favorite mystery book authors. Following along as two of my favorite sleuths put together the pieces of their mysteries is a great road-trip companion.
Of course, as usual, some of the scenes I saw along the way would make me stop my audible book for a few minutes so that I could enjoy the sights and think. I revert to one particular car game from my past, when my children were young. I find myself seeing old brick farm houses and wondering about the lives of the people inside, I see them all sitting around a dinner table – passing the mashed potatoes and thick, creamy gravy. I wonder if they enjoy reading books on cold winter nights, if they preserve their own jams and jellies, in short, I think about all of the generations of families who lived in some of these old farm houses.
Of course, I am busy with my family while I’m here in the Springs. But once I head to my room for the night, I am joined by more of my fictional friends… right now, Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity and Lori are keeping me company…