This week I had the opportunity to visit one of the Global Sales Offices for Starwood. The office is located in Omaha, Nebraska. February might not have been my first choice of months to visit Nebraska though, I was glad to be there. The Global Sales Office is where arrangements can be made for groups who frequently travel with Starwood. The team was excited about aloft and happy to see the go-go.
Driving around North America for a year I have spent a lot of time in the car. I spend about 6- 10 hours a day driving and that amount of sun exposure take its toll on my eyes. Because of this I always try to wear my sunglasses. There are days when it is really snowy and bright. I have always struggled on these days taking my glasses on and off all day. I think I have found a solution. I got a lot of strange looks from passersby but I've become comfortable with that by now.
Today's Roadside America was really a difficult one to pick. I spent the day driving across Utah and Colorado from West to East. When making this trek it is almost impossible to not get caught up in the beauty and majesty of this amazing area. As you begin in Utah the terrain is dry and rugged. They have had more snow than usual this year and the red rocks and white snow create a breathtaking contrast.
Into Colorado the road gets steep and curvy. These switchbacks provide the perfect overlooks for the traveler brave enough to take a peek. The road summits at the top of Vail Pass near the Continental Divide. Once you reach that peak it's down hill to Nebraska.
This drive was full of extremes from the flat deserts of Utah to the lush alpine territories of Colorado. I planned on stopping once to take the picture; instead I filled my memory card.
I will be periodically posting pictures in a new series I will call 'American Roadside.' This will serve as an opportunity for me to better share my journey with you. I will post images of landscapes, quirky signs, interesting people, or even of famous landmarks. If I capture any good images they might even end up on the 'local art wall' we will have at each property. There will be no specific theme to the series other than that they will all be images from along my trip. They say a picture is worth a thousand words... so here we go.
I took this picture of Inter-sate 70 just before I had to call it a day. I am headed from California to Nebraska and am caught in a snow storm.
Right now, as I type, I am in Lancaster, California. I am at the Starwood Customer Contact Center. This center handles more reservation inquiries than any other contact center in North America. There are over 500 associates who work at this location.
I am here to help educate the employees about aloft hotels. The aloft Rancho Cucamonga is just up the road. They will be taking your reservations for the July opening any day now.
Here's a look as some of the first people to come by today-