After I got back home, I still had one day of vacation left, so I drove to Yachats and made this sketch of the street along the beach.
On Tuesday, I drove from La Junta to Boulder. On the way, I stopped off on the plains of eastern Colorado and made this sketch. Lovely hot weather with a breeze blowing across the prairie. It feels wonderfully open and high-sky on these grasslands.
I got up early again and went downtown and sketched the railroad station. This is kind of the center of activity in La Junta. Historically, it was the main source of jobs. While I was sketching, several Boy Scout troops passed by on their way to catch the Amtrack train.
Later Monday, Mom and I drove to Ft. Lyons where my Dad is buried. I spent some time sketching his grave marker while Mom waited in the car with the air conditioning. This is a military cemetery, well maintained, in a very peaceful place.
This is the cover to the sketch journal for my trip to Colorado in July of 2006. The cover shows a map of Colorado, with a dotted line showing my car travels. I flew into Denver International Airport, rented a car and drove to La Junta. I stayed there a few days, visited my sister in Swink, then I drove to Boulder and stayed with my other sister, then stayed with my brother. It was a good trip, with plenty of time to sketch and relax.