After about a month of non-stop work, papers, exams and presentations I finally have some time to catch up on my blogging! So here it goes…
A couple of weeks ago I took some time off from work and drove to Firestone, CO (about 20min north of Denver) to visit one of my best friends B-. She has been working for the Obama campaign in Colorado since September, 15-17 hour days and no time off, so I decided to come to her.
The drive itself was nightmarish – 10hrs and construction the entire way. I was detoured to all kinds of holes in the wall, almost ran out of gas at one point and came to a complete stop on the interstate at one point for a large herd of deer. It was about 2:30am when I finally arrived and even then I thought I was lost. I knew B- was a field coordinator and that the campaign provided her with a place to stay while she was there, but I never pictured a two-story farmhouse and barn. Thankfully B- let me know I was in the right place (she was staying with a very nice couple), which was good since I was struggling to stay awake at that point.
The next few days were interesting. B- obviously couldn’t take time off, so I came to the office and she put me to work. Each day I had a list of early voters and people who were registered to vote by mail and I had to go door-to-door to either tell them when and where they could early vote or when was the last day to send in their mail-in ballot. This wasn’t so much a problem for the other volunteers, but not only am I horrible with directions, I had never seen this part of the world. Needless to say, the GPS got a good workout.
I did some of the canvasing with B-, some with other volunteers and some all by my lonesome. I’ve gotta say, the people I met were incredibly diverse and I actually had a pretty fun time once I got the hang of it. B-kept apologizing for putting me to work the whole time, but I didn’t mind in the slightest.
It helped that the view was spectacular. From B-‘s house you had the most magnificent view of the Rocky Mountain range. I tried so hard to get a good pic, but my camera refused to cooperate. From far away the mountains just looked like part of the sky and zoomed in everything was too distorted to be worth a photo.
I do want to go back to Colorado at some point in the future. I drove through Denver twice, both times at night so I didn’t actually get to see anything. I would love to go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park (maybe spring break next semester!) and I hear Colorado Springs and Boulder are quite beautiful.