I'm tempted to turn this into a Trip Report: just got back from a 1500+ mile road trip, helping my brother-in-law and his family move from Livermore, California to Castle Rock, Colorado.
The drive was very, very long, as you'd expect. We took I-80 from Oakland to Salt Lake City, and I must say Northern Nevada wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Fairly mountainous. I saw a few peaks, in fact, that looked tempting for a little backcountry skiing—if we weren't doing 12-hour days on the road.
The salt flats of Utah were impressive, if bleak, and we diverted south from SLC to hook up with good old I-70 through Grand Junction to Denver, a route that rekindled many happy memories of driving to Colorado ski areas for my brother's FIS races.
Aside from the usual moving attractions—lifting heavy furniture and being driven crazy by inlaws—this was a fine way for me to wander more of this great land of ours. And it's always nice to be able to help out family in need.
As for my brother-in-law, he's a freelance graphic designer who worked for Adobe for a few years, and also does web design. If you're in the metro Denver area and you can stand to hire a Californian, check out his website, NathanTanemori.com.
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