August 7: Home Again

I was wide awake just a few minutes after 6 with nothing to do. Naturally I looked through Paul's bookcase and found a few books on soccer coaching hidden between books about his other passion: beer.

After a couple of hours of reading Paul finally woke up and I rousted the boys. We had some cereal and were all set to go when I asked Paul what he was going to do today. He was going to watch the English Premier Soccer League opening game. Sounds good to me. Matt also wanted to stay which meant Todd's dissenting vote didn't count. We wound up watching the first half and then left.

Getting out of Paul's downtown neighborhood proved to be quite easy and soon we crossed the Mississippi into Illinois. Had Melaina been with us I would have had her write Paul a ticket for lying about the drive time back to Manitowoc. His 7 hour estimate, I quickly determined, was a bit too optimistic. My original guess of 8 hours was closer to the truth, and we indeed made it in just under 8 hours.

In the meantime, however, I was cursing the length of Illinois. Todd wasn't the only one who wanted to get home as soon as we could. I was tired of driving and wanted nothing more than to check my e-mail, drink some milk and unpack---in that order.

By 6 PM we made it back home. I called Yumi who said she'd be over in a little bit to help unload. By the time she got to my place we had most of the trailer unloaded and Yumi's posessions in the back of her van. Matt was most useful cleaning the interior of the van while Todd and I put our own things away.

We returned the U-Haul to the rental place and our trip to the mountains was officially over.

But not for me. I had to check and see how poorly my photos had turned out. I thought the reason my camera might have been buggy at Cloud Peak was due to condensation on the inside. Turns out that probably wasn't the case as photo after photo shot on the trip turned out to be lacking color where it should have it and the lighting almost always wrong. To say this pissed me off greatly would be accurate.

I spent a good hour reading the operating manual trying to figure out if it could be the settings but pretty much knew that wsn't the cause of my lousy pictures.


Rocky Mountain National Park
The Drive West
Moraine Park
Trail Ridge Road & Trail Ride
Dayhiking the Bear Lake Area
Ridge Road & Trail Ride II
Rafting the Poudre
Back to the Springs
Visiting Coach Paul
Home Again
Final Thoughts
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