Snowshoeing Novice No More!
|One of the lakes we walked around|
|Standing in the middle of new snow|
|Its easier if you keep moving in deep snow though!|
|In the far left upper corner you can see a bit of a haze|
behind the mountains - this is the inversion holding
in all the pollution as well as the cold air!!
Driving in the USA!
I am finding my independence more and more here in the States. Those that know me know I enjoy having space and time to 'do my own thing' every now and then. This is particularly helped with being able to explore little things on my own if I choose. It has been wonderful having the fantastic friends I have made here drive me around as I needed, but I am pleased to say I have gained a bit of independence again by finding a car to buy. I won't be knocking back car pools or rides to difference places, but it makes it easier if I need milk or to grab something quickly if I can jump into a car and drive myself! So I have bought myself a very neat and tidy 1997 Honda Accord. Hondas are apparently very popular here in the States and are regarded very well in terms of safety and maintenance. Now all I have to do is get a Colorado license - you can only hold insurance in Colorado if you have a state license. That's my next job!
Driving on my own here is another story! It took all my concentration at corners to get right in my head which side of the road I will end up on to start with. There were a few turns I had to correct myself on, but they were very quiet roads with no one around! I concentrate very hard to make sure I am driving safely and correctly on the roads here and I have tried to drive a little bit every day since I bought my car late last week. It is getting easier, particularly the route to school (very straight and only two turns)! I am going to begin venturing out of the Palisade / Grand Junction area in the next month so I look forward to exploring with a high level of concentration while driving!!
Plans Coming Up.....
Over the next few weeks:
* I am heading to Denver for my ITF Orientation session - CITEL is also throwing an Australia Day party so I look forward to celebrating in some way (though it won't be around a BBQ or pool I'm sure - too cold!)
* I will be exploring the local area and getting into some shops to see what shopping here is like!
* I am going to treat the staff at Nisley to an Australia Day feast - pavlova, lamingtons, tim tams, scones, Anzac biscuits.......... who knows what they will get as I have only ever cooked ONE of these items - the Anzacs!! (Don't worry, I've saved some Tim Tams from my travels, I am not attempting to make these!) The students will be getting Caramello Koalas and Milo drinks.
Stay tuned to how it all goes.........particularly my cooking experience!!
Catchya all later!