Colorado Trip – Day 1

As promised, I’m posting highlights of the awesome trip my best friend and I took in July – Who’s my best friend, you ask?  My mom – She knows me, knows my history, knows how I’ve stumbled and fell and still loves me just the same – Unconditional love is learned at the knee of your mother – if you’re lucky – –

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Pictures will never do justice to any of the places we visited, but perhaps, I can share just a slice of the wonder of this place:

1st pic snapped at first pull off - check out the interesting tree art
1st pic snapped at first pull off – check out the interesting tree art
Next Stop - Visitor Center and Overlook
Next Stop – Visitor Center and Overlook
Overlook rails put on top of bare rock - what a view, but watch your step!
Overlook rails put on top of bare rock – what a view, but watch your step!
Do Not Attempt if Afraid of Heights
Do Not Attempt if Afraid of Heights
Really? 8 stops and average of a football hike?  You're making me work for this?
Really? 8 stops and average of a football field hike at each one? You’re making me work for this? It’s Cool- Totally worth it!
Not the pulpit, but thought the natural Pew seat was more interesting....
Not the pulpit, but thought the natural Pew seat was more interesting….
Home Sweet Home....
Home Sweet Home….

Oops! No photo from Devil’s Overlook, which should have been the crowning glory of pics – – Alas, half way down the trail, all bird and small animal chatter goes dead silent, no people voices, and rustling in the bushes up off the trail – – near dusk – – visceral reaction that had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck and my tummy churning – started back up trail and asked Mom to stay behind me (though what I could have done is in question…and she complained it’s hard to stay behind me when I’m walking away from her so fast… 🙂 )

Back at car, I analyzed my response – all I could hear was my ole Dept. of Wildlife friend saying, “If the chatter stops, a predator is near” and “Mountain Lions are most active early morning and around dusk” – – Having previously viewed a mountain lion in my back yard in the early morn, I’m willing to give them space and admire from a distance.

Whether my inner self saved us or I’m a coward, I know not – I’d do the same thing again, even if it means I missed the view of a lifetime…and Mom’s disappointment because it was what she most wanted me to see…

Second to the Last Stop on South Rim route - Neither Words nor pictures can describe
Second to the Last Stop on South Rim route – Neither Words nor pictures can describe
Hayfields being irrigated at dusk - I Love My Farmer Brother
Hayfields being irrigated at dusk – I Love My Farmer Brother

Ute Indian Museum

I did not take pictures here, as I wasn’t sure if it was okay or not – plus, I was too busy experiencing it to think to ask or take out my camera!

Museum is located in the heart of original homestead of Chief Ouray and his wife, Chipeta.

If you’re in the area, make this stop a Must See.

Oooh! Busted!

bustedSome thousand years ago, when I was a youngster, a friend and I traveled to the local metropolis to get beauty treatments before prom, have supper together and in general, giggle and do what girls do….

As we sat at the Village Inn, which was located right across from a police substation, I suddenly hear my partner-in-mischief, Ms. GigglePuss, exclaim loudly enough to have other diners turn to rubber-neck,

“Ooh!!! Someone Is  Buuussstteeed!!!  Look at all them cop cars!”

I turned around, surveyed the scene and commented, “Um, that’s a police station….”

Not one to be fazed, Ms. GigglePuss just laughed merrily along with me at her oopsie –

Why do I tell you this?   Because I recently reconnected with Ms. GigglePuss –

And now, I’m Busted….

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You all know why I walked away from Facebook – opt-in is my motto, not opt-out of things you don’t want each and every upgrade  –

This basic “opt-in/opt-out” ideology somewhat mimics the ‘open-source/for sale software” war that began so many decades ago – –

These disagreements over computers, software, internet started before some of us were born – it will continue long after we’re gone….

But….In order to best serve a client, I needed to create a Facebook page for them -which I blithely promised to do, thinking I could do so without actually having to start an account for myself – –

If possible, I didn’t figure out how and now,

I’m back in Facebook land…..

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Which isn’t all bad – – I’m dutifully introducing You, my WordPress community to those who knew me before I ever knew you – – -those who knew me when I was young, optimistic and not quite such an old curmudgeon – –

People I remember fondly from my youth have found me and friend requested me – who woulda guessed?

And I’m looking forward to exploring these re-connections.

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So what’s up here, except for sleeping with the enemy?  Well, my website business is growing, much to the detriment of my landscaping plans – have money to do, but no time to do in….

I took a Trip of  A Lifetime for 5 days on the western side of my own beloved state and I’ll be giving you a day-by-day account of that – –

But most of all – I’ve traveled to places I’ve waited 30 years to see and thought of what I would say to you when I posted the pictures – –

I dutifully went out and took pictures of my experimental plots with no irrigation (sort of a dead-in-the-water experiment, as we’ve had our first cool/rainy summer in 7-10 years)…

The love of my life broke my heart for the last time – I survived and now, perhaps, I can truly let the past go and get on with something new, instead of waiting to see if someone else will change their mind –

Which means, lots of work to do, but maybe, I’m finally healed enough to step into a new world –

Look forward to catching up with you  –