Sunday, October 11, 2009

Starlite Kibanda and Naming Ceremony

MDK-20091010-1750, originally uploaded by monkeydoc.

Yesterday we set out with our new friends Geri and Kathy for Colorado. Geri went to high school with Heather and we were fortunate to meet them when Leon and Heather were in Indy waiting on Eloise. After laughing nearly the entire way to the airport due to sleep deprivation and funny ladies, we were on our way.

Despite a little snow and ice in Denver, we made it to Colorado Springs unscathed. One of the interesting things about Colorado is the weather with amazing microclimates. Just yesterday we went from snow and freezing rain to 55 degrees and sunny weather in a matter of minutes. On the way up to the SK, we again started with with icy streets and clouds blanketing the sky, and in 20 minutes transitioned to trees covered with ice and clearing clouds. By 40 minutes, the clouds opened to expose a beautiful sunny day. Heading back into the Springs today, the same transitions were repeated nearly in reverse. It's amazing to see such a massive change over such a short distance.

After settling in at SK yesterday, we had a great walk around the property and got to take some great photos:

MDK-20091010-1730, originally uploaded by monkeydoc.

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We rounded out the night with some kickin' pizza from the wood-fired oven, thanks to our master chef - Leon.

MDK-20091010-1780, originally uploaded by monkeydoc.

After a few minutes of Planet Earth in the theater we crashed in the Bunkhouse and had a good night's sleep.

This morning we woke up and drove back into town for the naming ceremony, which was really cool. I learned a lot about Unitarian Universalism, which was pretty interesting. The highlight (other than the ceremony) was hearing Amazing Grace to the tune of the Coca-Cola song! I didn't take any photos at the ceremony, so you'll have to check out All Things Kelly in the next few days for more of the story and photos. Now we're all lounging at the Kibanda and contemplating what we'll do for the rest of the evening.