Here is a long-overdue short video from our travels through Cuba in January 2017. Cuba was one of the countries most devastated by recent hurricanes. They have been largely skipped in the international aid effort and the United States makes it nearly impossible to help them in any way. We are researching ways to help and will report back if we find something legitimate. Please comment if you have any ideas!!!
The word was that we needed to be on the road before 7 if we wanted to miss the morning Chicago traffic. We managed to get out of the big city with only one minor slowdown and before we knew it we were at the beginning of the world’s largest field i.e. the states that fill the space between the Great Lakes and the Rocky Mountains. Google approximated the drive from Chicago to Denver to be 16 hours so we decided to knock out 12 hours on the first day and spend the night Couchsurfing in North Platte, Nebraska. We planned to entertain ourselves with music, reading, playing silly games, sleeping, talking, arguing, thinking… you get the point.
Driving through this section of the country is extremely dull. By dull I mean the most boring drive. But I love it because this is the section of the country that people miss when they fly. Enduring seemingly-endless miles of those golden fields is what make you fill with joy at your first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains.
From my journal…At 2:30 we met up with some gringos we met the night before at the language exchange. Included was a woman from Peace Corps who had a friend with a truck. So this Swedish guy and I rode in the truck bed and everyone else in the cab. I always like riding in the back on nice days, the wind flies through your hair and it makes you feel more adventurous. We rode for 30 min up a cobblestone road, riding up and up into the clouds then out the top. Clear and beautiful, huge volcanic peaks all around us, we parked next to a cold, crystal clear lake. Most beautiful landscape so far this trip, breathtaking. Took so many amazing pictures! We walked and talked and had a blast just because of the beauty of the place. But as soon as the sun started to fade, all the heat was drained from the land and it got COLD! You would never expect it to be so cold only miles from the equator. So we packed it up and drove back down through the clouds, on the road that was so old and going no place but to this perfect lake that is here only for us to enjoy. We left our friends after exchanging email addresses, most of us traveling south and sure to meet again. We were so hungry so we searched for this pizza place we had heard of. Finally found it and it was delicious with real cheese and only $2.50 for a personal pizza that was about 12 inches and SPICY!
This is what happens when you build your home too close to the lake…
Above the clouds
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