Earthdate January 19 2015 Denver Colorado

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Ally at the United Airlines check in desk.  We’ve overbooked the flight today to Houston and we’re looking for volunteers to stay behind.  We can offer you a $400 United flight voucher plus accommodation and food vouchers tonight if you need them, in the mile high city.”

Are you kidding?  I’m a couple of weeks ahead of the group so I’ll happily take advantage of that.  Often the best experiences are not about the destination alone.  The getting there is a big part of the equation.

So I’m ensconced in the Denver Renaissance in the middle of the Cattleman’s Convention and Stock Show.  There’s a boot cleanBoot cleanerer bolted to the ground outside each of the doors and country music in the lobby at the reception desk. Stetsons and bolo ties and “yes ma’am’s’ and  ‘y’alls’  in the lobby bar–glad I stayed.  I wouldn’t have missed his for the world.  I’m a million miles away from Guatemala tonight. Ye haw!

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