East Meets West

From top to bottom: Central Park, New York City; Colorado Prairie; approaching storm at Dead Horse Point, Utah

From top to bottom: Central Park, New York City; Colorado Prairie; approaching storm at Dead Horse Point, Utah

Summer, 1997. I am in graduate school and I am miserable.

I was hoping to take a trip this summer to leave my troubles behind. Early in the year, it was looking like my friends Yuri and Lena might return to the Ukraine for vacation. In the end, Yuri was unable to go return to Kiev. I hatched a plan to drive them to New York, where Lena could catch a plane and Yuri and I could continue traveling.

I was thinking it would be nice to go out west, but we would both need enough time to do so. We spent several days in New York, then Yuri and I headed for Colorado and Utah. It was a bit of a marathon, but a welcome, albeit temporary, rescue from school.

Map

Starting in Ohio, we went to New York City (day 1) and spent the next few days there. Then proceeded west arriving in the middle of Kansas on the evening of day 9. After a small loop around Colorado and a bit of Utah, we returned home to Ohio.