Colorado: Tattered Cover and Second Star

It was nice to be in Colorado for a bit. Since Zach is from New Mexico and his parents live there, we travel to the mountains a couple times a year. It was comforting to see something familiar after being in so many places that are new to us.

When we got to Denver, we hoped out of the car and our teeth immediately began to chatter. We'd come from 100ish degrees so we dressed in tank tops, shorts, and flip flops (except for Zach who always wears jeans and sneakers). We had to brake out the jackets.

I had two events near Denver. The first was at Tattered Cover in Littleton. This is a beautiful store. We got there early and walked around and I was happy to find several writing groups in action. (If you aren't a writer, this is when a few people get together, read their work aloud, and then give (and take) constructive critique.) Finding my fellow writer-types there immediately elevated the store to super-star status.

 The outside of Tattered Cover Bookstore in Littleton, Colorado.

The outside of Tattered Cover Bookstore in Littleton, Colorado.

 The display of Exit Strategy. I love the way they arranged this table.

The display of Exit Strategy. I love the way they arranged this table.

 The kids found a book and settle in immediately. Pretty sure this is indicative of an awesome bookstore.

The kids found a book and settle in immediately. Pretty sure this is indicative of an awesome bookstore.

The next day I had an event at Second Star to the Right.

Oh my goodness--this store is so great! It's an old house that's been converted to a bookstore. It's got full bookshelves from the ceiling to the (wooden) floor . . . and basically exactly what I want my own house to look like!

It began raining right as well walked up to Second Star, so instead of their outside space (which is all tents and cushions and is adorable), we were in what they called the Rumpus Room--ten points to anybody that gets the reference--which is a beautifully converted garage. As a Wild Thing myself, I truly appreciated this.

 The outside of Second Star to the Right. The outdoor space is to the right.

The outside of Second Star to the Right. The outdoor space is to the right.

 Reading from Exit Strategy in the Rumpus Room.

Reading from Exit Strategy in the Rumpus Room.

For this event, I read from my book and then I was interviewed. At the end of the standard questions, we did a lightning round where I was asked things like tea or coffee and unicorn or dragon. There is one question that still haunts me. Teleporting or flying. I answered teleporting, but I keep flip-flopping now. Which would you pick?

 I loved this interview..

I loved this interview..

 Signing books--and I messed up a name. Ah! Also, note the sweet gal on the right. Before the event she performed an impromptu play of her queen coronation--complete with singing and dancing. It was adorable!

Signing books--and I messed up a name. Ah! Also, note the sweet gal on the right. Before the event she performed an impromptu play of her queen coronation--complete with singing and dancing. It was adorable!

The kids also got to play at this stop. We were SO happy to find out that some of our friends from Texas were in town. It was such a sweet thing to see them.

  The kids playing at the park (right before the falling and tears).

 The kids playing at the park (right before the falling and tears).

 My kids with our friends from Texas. Soooo happy to see them in Colorado. Between our two families, we've got a lot of kids!

My kids with our friends from Texas. Soooo happy to see them in Colorado. Between our two families, we've got a lot of kids!

After Second Star, we drove to Frisco, stayed the night, then got up and drove to Grand Junction in the morning. Thankfully at our most recent stop, we got some much-needed downtime. Zach wanted to see the Colorado Monument but the kids and I were wiped, so he went alone and took pictures. It sure looks pretty in the photos, but at the time I was more interested in studying the backs of my eyelids--that was a nice view too!

 There are so many tunnels through the mountains in Colorado.

There are so many tunnels through the mountains in Colorado.

 The drive was beautiful!

The drive was beautiful!

 The Colorado Monument, courtesy of Zach.

The Colorado Monument, courtesy of Zach.

 

We've got a couple days of driving as we head over to California. We're stopping in Las Vega tonight. Since it gets so hot there, we can't stay in our trailer and we're "forced" to stay in a hotel. The kids are looking forward to swimming. Zach is looking forward to the sites. And I am looking forward to taking a shower with good water pressure!