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She’s a she, not a he, and hence, no antlers. But I don’t care. It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to see a moose. To the extent that, as a child, my imaginary friend was a moose (named Bruce, no less). So on our return from Steamboat Springs, I was super excited when Kelsea and I entered the Moose County of Colorado, complete with Moose X-ing signs. It was dangerously pouring rain, when Kelsea swore she spied TWO of them out her window, in a copse of trees. We steered down a side road nearby hoping that I could catch a glimpse, but they, in their elusive mooseness, had vanished. I was glad she had seen them, but I was sorry for myself. She tried in vain to cheer me up by saying that really she was only 98% sure that they had actually been there, and not just a moose hallucination, as we have had previously. I was just bemoaning the fact that here I am, an animal shaman, for heaven’s sake, and I can’t even summon a moose, when there she was. I veered off the road so sharply that I almost hit a random pole and am surprised that she didn’t run away. But she didn’t. She calmly drank rainwater from a puddle, lifted her head and observed things in general, and casually trip-trapped into some aspens, thinking perhaps that they were an excellent disguise. I was so happy that I cried. Honestly, I wept with joy. I’m glad I got to share the experience with Kelsea.
(To give credit where credit is due, Kelsea took this shot. I was busy trying not to kill us.)
Highway 14, near Gould, Colorado.
Quote of the day: ““Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ” – Henry David Thoreau
Seeing MKL after a few days absence which make the heart grow fonder
When work is a workout
Lisa’s chocolate chip cookies
I’ve been quiet, haven’t I? Sorry. Just pondering life. And working a lot. And trying to make Mr. Man feel at home. But I’m back now, and ready to share some images from the last roadtrip.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Quote of the Day: “It was amazing how you could get so far from where you’d planned, and yet find it was exactly were you needed to be.” — Sarah Dessen
A cooler day
Walking home from the bus
Thunder and lightning
Mr. Man coming to greet me when I get home (so happy to have a cat again)
The annual Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rally is coming up next month, and I’m already looking forward to it. It means getting up super early, but it’s worth it. Although Kelsea might disagree. We do always enjoy trying to chase the balloons as they land in random places – it’s a fun game of hide and seek.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Quote of the day: “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” — Dalai Lama XIV
Spending time with Kelsea
A lazy morning with MKL
Cool air today
Louis the new chicken pillow
Trusting MKL enought to sing in front of him (after a tot of rum)
We saw this road from the train, and then we had the chance to drive it. It was as delicious as it looked. It was wonderful how the train crossed the road, back and forth, over and over. People would stop and get out of their cars to wave and take pictures as we passed by. I’d like to see the train from the road, now that I’ve seen the road from the train!
Somewhere in New Mexico…or maybe Colorado.
Quote of the day: “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.” — Eve Ensler
Jessica in physical therapy
That the ocean is somewhere out there, east or west
A patch of blue sky in the grey
Knowing that what’s given to my heart is more important than what I wear on my finger
Not mine, but someone’s. I don’t think I could live in the South Park area. Aside from always thinking of the cartoon when I would say where I live, the winds that rip through here in the winter, and the lack of trees make this a lovely spot to drive through, but not the place for our high country house. We’ll keep looking, though this is awfully nice to look at.
Outside of South Park, Colorado.
Quote of the day: “People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That’s not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn’t understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you’re given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.” — Pema Chodron
Dancing in the kitchen
Stormy clouds in the morning
The lady who shared her roast beef with me at the grocery store
Mystery birthday presents for MKL
It looks as if the mist is coming down the mountain to gobble up the sheep – who seem to be slightly aware of this, as they are snuggling up behind the shrubbery.
Along the road in Wales.
Quote of the day: “I feel like you can look inside me and see all the places I am odd or unusual and fit your heart around them, for you are odd and unusual in just the same way.” – Cassandra Clare
Getting things done
Aside: I discovered today that this month is NaPoWriMo – National Poetry Writing Month - in which participants are to write one poem each day. I’m already late, but I’m going to try to play along, so stay tuned for poetry.
Taken from just behind Davidson Mesa, Sunday blessed us with a lovely sunset.
Quote of the day: “…we remember moments, and the richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” – Terri Herman-Poncé
The brightness of tonight’s waning moon
Morning egg sandwiches
The turning leaves outside my bedroom window
We are having a pretty early Fall here in Colorado. When Kelsea and I were away for Labor Day, the aspens were already starting to turn. It’s been so dry that colors may be elusive altogether. MKL and I head for Cottonwood next weekend, and we hope to catch what may be the tail end of that golden part of autumn. Until then, here are lingering wildflowers caressing a mountain view.
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
Quote of the day: ”Any change for better or for worse always requires courage. Abandoning old ideas that usually give us a comfortable sensation of safety and control is not easy at all.” – Marcelo Gelciser
That my niece found my missing pre-engagement ring
That MKL always carries handkerchiefs
Sneaking Kelsea out of class (on the phone) to talk to her
Putting the past to rest – a thing that must be done many times
Doors always lead somewhere, but sometimes you will never know what’s on the other side.
St. Elmo, Colorado.
Quote of the day: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Happy old dogs
Books to be read
Ready for take-off at the 1940s Dance at the Boulder Municipal Airport.
Quote of the day: “When unicorns headbutt, there are no winners.” – Josh Stern
The giant bolt of lightning outside my house tonight
Bats winging their way through the twilight treetops