THE WEEK IN REVIEW---CLICK ON A TITLE TO GO TO THE POST
Friday, April 27, 2012
Hey from the road...
We've been on the road 6 days, counting our two nights in DC, and I don't have much to show for it, blogging wise. Going off road for photos is out of the question, we have too many miles to cover, and my fantasy of pulling to the side of the highway to snap shots turned out to be a suicide mission. Likewise my vision of us dining in little regional restaurants every night and getting a taste of the local cuisine didn't quite materialize. But did you know that McDonald's now has a Double Filet-o-Fish?
The most important food-related revelation of the trip came during the long flat drives through Ohio, Iowa and Nebraska. It was about cows. And beef. It's calving season and I entertained myself for many miles looking at the herds of jet black cows grazing in the rolling fields, surrounded by little black specks sitting in the grass around their mothers.
Then we started passing the endless stockyards of Nebraska and I started to feel bad about my pathetic half-hearted dalliance with not eating beef over the years. I'm taking advantage of the drive to formulate my thoughts. I think I'm going to give up beef and chicken unless I know it's humanely raised. I'll have to consult Michael Pollan on the details of it all when I get to Los Angeles.
The scenery got good the moment we crossed into Colorado. Tonight we're in Vail, taking advantage of off-season rates at The Lodge at Vail. 75% of the town is shut down during the between-season lull, so we had no choice but to treat ourselves after a string of roadside motels. I'm looking out at snow capped peaks and a puff of steam rising out of the hot tub just outside the sliding glass doors of our room...
In case I sounded a little too precious about the cows, just thought I should share with you what I ordered at the Lodge's restaurant last night. A burger. Medium well. I still have a lot of thinking to do.
Sue/the view from great island