|A Picture-perfect Day in Colorado... at Granby Ski Slope|
Kristin spent a few days in New York and went to Denver first. I joined her on July 24th.
|With Ted Yamamori|
|The Lees together... sorry James but I do not have your photo|
We used a timeshare condominium in Granby, Colorado. Colorado was a perfect place for our family reunion because our children all grew up in Colorado.
|Live, Love and Laugh|
|Grand Lake Town... Perfect Weather|
|With Joyce, pedaling a boat at Grand Lake|
|Before the Ziplining... Yeah!|
|Isn't it pretty...?|
|At a mall in Winter Park|
|At Grand Lake Town|
|A Band Singing at a mall|
|Joyce and me riding horses through the trees...|
James had to fly out on Sunday after the Sunday worship service, but Amanda stayed with us for a couple more days. We attended the worship service together, dined together and giggled together. After Amanda left, Joyce and I did some outdoor activities, including Zipline between two mountain slopes, horseback riding in the meadows and woods, and pedal-boating in the Grand Lake. Kristin joined us for the pedal-boating, as a spectator.
We strolled the village street at Grand Lake Town, filled with shops.
We dined at several restaurants, but the most impressive place was Fish taco place with an Asian fusion flavor. They were delicious!
|Beautiful setting for lunch invited by Bobby and Sammy|
|Bobby and Sammy with their son Preston|
|Elder Ham and Mrs. Ham with her paintings|
|Mrs. Choi, Kristin and Mrs. Yoon at Yamagata|
|Me, Mr. Yoon and Mr. Choi, the travel friends|
Kristin went back to Rwanda from New York, but I traveled down to Atlanta for a few days. I stayed at Koomin's house for a couple of nights (August 9 and 10) but for the rest of the visit I stayed at Townplace Suites by Marriott in Alpharetta. The primary purpose of this short visit was to explore Atlanta to see if we want to live here when we become old.
|Elder and Mrs. David Cho in Atlanta|
|Bibimbop in a humongous bowl... empied|
|Elder and Mrs. Sam Kim in Atlanta|
|St. Mario Country Club...|
|With Koomin Chung|
Atlanta's cost of living, including housing, is still very low compared to other metropolitan cities. What was most surprising to me was that Atlanta is situated at an altitude of 1,000 feet. This lowers the humidity level in the air, resulting in less humid weather during the summer. I could feel the positive difference compared to the weather in Colorado, which was very dry, causing itching skins for me, particularly during the winter. Moreover, Atlanta had a quality water, another pleasant surprise, thanks to a river crossing and Lake Lanier that provides stable water supply. The water quality was not as good as New York where cool water was refreshing, but the quality of water was comparable.
So, Atlanta's low cost of living, mild weather, transportation hub, fertile soil, easy access to hiking trails, quality water, sufficient amenities, such as health care, restaurants, cultural attractions, education etc., all scored high for me.
I saw several friends to get their feedback and their feedbacks also validated my assessment. I saw Nack Paek, Mr. and Mrs. David Daewon Cho, Koomin Chung, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sangeui Kim and Kristen Yeo.
On August 15th, Friday, I started flying back to Rwanda via three legs of flights: Atlanta to JFK, New York, JFK to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Kigali. I left Atlanta at 11AM on August 15th, Friday and landed in Kigali at 7:20PM on August 16th. It was a long journey, but it was another memory-filled travel blessed with health and safety, thanks to the Lord! - Jeffrey