Thursday, October 31, 2013

mountain goodness


A little mountain goodness before the season changes and I wander back down to my mesa. 
I've had a good summer and fall, and together with my mountain we dream of the low autumn sun warming the air, shake off the knowledge that winter is coming, and the hope we will be together just a little longer. I can't bring myself to say goodbye for the winter, but I fear the leaves will be off the trees and the ground frozen before I get these photos up. I will miss these magical days once the winds come and the snow flies.

Be well, and fill your soul with these last wonderful days of autumn.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

walk around the lake

As I wander, I begin to feel the mountain's embrace. The sunlight arrives in colored shafts all around me. The high peaks, the trees, and the leaves sing as I walk among these lucky inhabitants of the mountain. Can all this be real? Am I meant to see, the feel, to experience nature to the point where my mind and body want to explode into the light that shines all around me?

The mountain laughs and whispers, "Walk around the lake."

So I do. Halfway around the lake, I see the reason for the journey. The water shines. The sky consumes me in its blueness. The mountain smiles and the distant canyon country opens up before me. Close to me, ducks land on the water. I feel myself gliding with them, feeling the cool, still water under my tail. Closer yet, the ripples near the shore make me want to dissolve into their sparkles of light.  I am head over heels in love with this great big wonderful mountain.

Thank you, mountain.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

any better than this

These are the simple things that make our lives so good.
Water in the high desert.
A sunny fall day.
The smell of cedar, pinon, and sage.
A high, wild, and lonely mesa.
An endless blue sky, stretching out along the road that brings us to the place we love.
It doesn't get any better than this.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

my husband

He works hard....harder than he should.
He takes care of his family....really good care of his family.
He doesn't complain when the dogs sleep in bed with us.
He puts up with my ramblings. He even says I'm entertaining.
He loves the backcountry.
He carries rocks and bones back to the truck for me when we hike.
He takes a mean photo, and here are some examples:


And, he takes me to the bus whenever I need to touch base.  
I love him for all that, and much more.

Happy Anniversary.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

bringer of storms

I've spent NINE LONG YEARS in New Mexico. Heat. Overwhelming, excruciating Heat. Heat with no relief. Practically no rain. Definitely no hope. During that time, I cried out for change. I prayed for change. I begged the gods for change. Nothing happened, so I stopped. Instead, I convinced my husband to take a trip to a place I once loved. Turns out he remembered that he loved it there too. The trips became more numerous and often extended. We were happy again.
One day, when I wasn't looking....for that place to move, that perfect town, that different life....things changed. I began to worry a little less about being HERE because I can always go THERE.
And going THERE is what we do.
We escape to the Colorado backcountry.
Every chance we get.
We have arrived.
Bring on the storm.