In early November I embarked on a jam-packed recruiting trip for University of Delaware: 4 states in 4 days. 8 events with 2 other university colleagues from Miami University & University of Vermont.
SAN DIEGO ---- > SEATTLE
|I think this is Mt. Ranier....|
|Found lots of beautiful fall colors in Seattle / Bellevue|
|1st Starbucks near Pikes Market|
|Little hot chocolate was a necessity|
|Pikes Market isn't all just fish....|
|But we did find the fish...|
|The & clearly disgusting Gum Wall|
|Julio [Miami U] & Me|
|Julio [Miami], Susan [Miami], Me & David [Vermont]|
|The Troll under the bridge....This is an iconic art piece in Seattle. The neighborhood around the bridge selected this as their art piece....To each their own. Notice it gripping a real VW bug on the right side of the picture.|
|Gas Works Park|
|University of Washington was B R E A T H T A K I N G.|
SEATTLE ----> PORTLAND
|Fall colors bursting in downtown Portland, Oregon|
|Food Carts in Portland.|
SEATTLE ----> SALT LAKE CITY
|My colleagues, who had never been to Utah before, were LOVING the mountains being so close & the clean downtown area.|
We couldn't leave Utah without me introducing them to a LEGEND.....
....Crown Burger & Fry Sauce.
We had a bit of a panic as a time zone change shifted our perceived departure of our flight to our next stop in Denver. Long story short - don't trust you Google calendar for flight departures. We had to divide & conquer to get to Denver on-time. One our our colleagues jumped on a 1st class seat to get to Denver approximately 1 hour prior to our event. My other colleague & I jumped on another flight, which of course got delayed, and landed 15 minutes after our event started. Did you know Denver has a speedway? Not really, but I drove like a speed racer to get us to our last event to meet with a few remaining families. Every trip has to have a story, right?
SALT LAKE CITY ----> DENVER
After all the delays, I was in Denver less than 16 hours. This was the only view I saw:
I had an absolutely enlightening trip. Great to work with take-it-as-it-comes colleagues who are smart & inventive. Great to survive 5 flights in 5 days & still be laughing with each other at the end of the week.
Delaware on the road.....