Good morning from Denver..
Hot coffee and cool rose scented breezes wafting around me..
ummm! delicious morning smells to awaken the senses!
My arrival in Denver was quite a change from all perspectives.
For one, the sky seems endless here as does the horizon.
Both stretch forever until BAM! There is Denver right smack in the middle!
Denver,approaching from the East, seems to perch on a flat plane.
Upon closer inspection, downtown is a cluster of many tall buildings.
The most recognizable being the Quest Building, which resembles an old timey cash register! All are familiar landmarks to me now as are the many one-way streets.
That was not the case when I first arrived!
Being raised in the south, we were taught our directions:
North was Up north, or facing away from the water.
South was facing the water: (The Gulf of Mexico)
East was naturally towards the Atlantic Ocean, and West was the Pacific Ocean.
Here, directions are given as "Can you see the mountains?"
So imagine my surprise when on my first job interview on a snowy morning..
and getting lost in the downtown Denver. After admitting to myself that I was hopelessly lost and confused, I called a friend for help.
The first words out of her mouth was "Can you see the mountains?" To which my frustrated reply was, "MOUNTAINS?" All I can see is tall buildings and snow flakes!!
Finally with her calming directions,I managed to safely navigate to more familiar surroundings,easily returning home!
Today,we can laugh at my early "exploratory" experiences in Denver. Armed with a city atlas,my navigational skills have greatly improved. The city is laid out in a grid pattern. Streets are numbered, while avenues are in alaphabetical order with botanical names.
What fun adventures we will have exploring together..
Are you game?