Road Tripping

Time to see family via my van – so off to the west I head. Towards the heat. Towards the smoke in the air due to California fires. Toward my family. I enjoy the 15 hour trip with an overnight in any state except Utah. Books on tape. Music on cd. Silence and beauty. It’s what you make it.

The first day of the trip was odd because I reached my destination but it was only 4pm. There was no way I could stop because it was 95 degrees and no place to go to get cool. I ended up driving 3 more hours and knew I could keep going but my eyes were burning from getting up so early. And the smoke in the air was intense.

It was an easy-peasy drive. In another day or two I will travel back the same way I came. I will be sure to drive all the way through Utah and into WY before I rest my weary head.

The photos show the salt fields that I passed along the way. Miles and miles of salt. And the air is filled with smoke from the California fires. It looked like dusk but the time was about 2:00 pm.

Road Trip to Carson City, NV

 

 

LINKS:

2018 California Fire Map

Carr Fire is tearing through Northern California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moose Country in Colorado

Moose were not always part of the landscape. In fact, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife … “In 1978, state wildlife experts transplanted 24 male and female moose from Wyoming and Utah to create a breeding population in North Park and provide hunting opportunities.

I spent a weekend with friends in Grand Lake, Colorado recently and each day I was there I saw a moose. Moose are really not all the attractive (IMO) but they are certainly majestic.

Within an hour of arriving, I spotted a massive moose munching away in a maze of bushes. I’ve learned to keep my distance from them and give them all the room they need.

The next morning, a young moose made his way to the lake right in front of our lodging. These moose are used to being around humans but that doesn’t make them less fierce. They are still wild animals in their own habitat.

Another time I was kayaking and came upon a moose napping on a lake-front lawn. This is their season to own the territory.  I know to keep my distance and back away slowly. I also know to keep animals away from moose especially when there is a calf nearby. A mother moose will not hesitate to charge the animal or the person holding the animal.

Moose were not always part of the landscape. In fact, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife … “In 1978, state wildlife experts transplanted 24 male and female moose from Wyoming and Utah to create a breeding population in North Park and provide hunting opportunities. Additional moose from Wyoming, Utah and Colorado’s own growing population were introduced to other areas of western Colorado over the years. The project succeeded in creating new hunting opportunities and a popular wildlife viewing option. The state legislature, in 1995, declared Walden the “Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado.”

Read the full article about Moose Reintroduction.

Playing cards … Just because!

Ever just want to goof off and play card games? I started a Euchre group in my area by contacting people via Nextdoor.com. I asked if anyone was in a group and could use an extra player. Instead, I received tons of replies from people who want to join a group. So, I started one. (of course I did!)

The first meeting attendance was 5 married couples and me. Geesh! Aren’t single people allow to play? It was weird. Again, the odd woman out. I did enjoy playing and will wait to see how it unfolds. In the meantime, I found this online site that keeps me involved with playing a wide range of games.The creator “Bill” is great. Check it out if you need some downtime and want to keep the brain cells fired up.

https://cardgames.io/

Let me know if you have other favorite card playing sites.

 

Two Paddle Boards, One Kayak & Lightning

The cottonwood tree was swaying, lightning was sparking, rocks and boulders offered no protection and we were surrounded by water. We were in the perfect spot to die.

Paddle boarding on a hot summer night was the plan. The previous night was sublime. Calm water, setting sun, refreshing swim. This evening was a bit different. Three of us with 2 paddle boards and 1 kayak on the water. The air was warm and the water was oh so cool.

We located the perfect landing spot near a ton of flat rocks and shady cottonwood trees.  We watched the clouds roll in and on we talked. We watched a few drops turn into a rain storm. We watched storm clouds pass over us with bolts of lightning and obscene thunder. I suggested we build a paddle board house and create a wall and protect us from the sheets of rain coming at us. The cottonwood tree was swaying, lightning was sparking, rocks and boulders offered no protection and we were surrounded by water. We were in the perfect spot to die.

After 30 minutes or more we saw a letup the rain and the lightning had moved to the west but was still in full force. We hauled ass and hugged the shoreline, moved around the bend and paddled across the open water to the docks. Others were also moving at breakneck speed to get to land before the clouds changed course and returned to strike vengeance on us.

The only way out was to go through it. No cover, no protection, no mom or dad to rescue us. So, we laughed when the rain came down harder. We laughed at our stupidity and how angry we’d be if our kids did something so reckless. As we maneuvered back to the shore, we giggled more. We laughed out of relief because we fooled mother nature. We laughed because it was too foolish to cry.

 

The Fork in the Road…

Spontaneity opens up my world for me.

I often have my best days when I am being spontaneous. I get out of bed with the intention of riding my bike and I find myself pulling weeds or planting flowers. Or I plan to ride my bike for 20 miles and end up at a garage sale talking to the owners for 30 minutes or so. On my rambling days, I just take off in my car and end up in small towns visiting their libraries and coffee shops. That freedom to act on sudden impulse keeps me smiling. And why not?

It’s the surprise book selection, random movie, new podcast, or perhaps different radio station that educates me in ways I never thought possible. Spontaneity opens up my world for me. It introduces me to creative authors, new sounds from eclectic musicians, and entertaining and though-provoking conversations.

Another place I love to visit is youtube.com. I enjoy finding new videos that take me all over the place. I watch videos that educate me about clean disruption (Keynote talk at Conference on World Affairs) and I listen to new voices in a witty environment.

When I need a dose of learning, I tune into youtube #Education. I can choose from primary, secondary, university and lifelong learning videos. I can choose videos about the sciences, humanities, math, history, business, arts, medicine, law and languages. It’s all a thing of beauty.

Clean Disruption – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxryv2XrnqM 

Breathe in the stars!

In the quiet, I felt my soul come to life during that in-between time when dreams are allowed to manifest . Without interruptions, conversations or technology pulling my thoughts away,  I gave in to the twinkle of the stars.

Summertime begs me to hop into my Toyota Sienna van and take a trip. I long to find a place where I can spend the night under the darkest sky and breathe in the stars. In the middle of June, during a camping adventure with my partners in crime & adventure – I most enjoyed my time when everyone was asleep and the sky was awake.

In the quiet, I felt my soul come to life during that in-between time when dreams are allowed to manifest . Without interruptions, conversations or technology pulling my thoughts away,  I gave in to the twinkle of the stars.

And it made me wonder… what happens when someone dies? Are they really gone forever? Or are their soul’s there for me to connect with? And …what is my purpose on this planet? Is there something I need to be doing and if so, what is it?

There was a time, years ago outside Taos, NM when I lay on a blanket under the stars and let the tears fall from my eyes. The night sky was so spectacular, the evening was so quiet, the shooting stars were abundant and for that brief moment in time … all was well. I was in the right place, at the right time with the right person. I had no idea then how many times I would relive that beautiful moment.

I am still making memories for those nights thirty years from now and I will remember kayaking on the water in the early morning hours, cold drinks with good friends, nonstop laughing and I will ask myself the same thing – What happens after we die? Will my soul connect with other souls? Did I serve my purpose in life? Should I have done more?

Tell me if you know – “what happens when …?”

When I get older … many years from now!

But sometimes I get lonely and wonder how in the world I ended up here. I miss having that someone special in my life and yet, I love the freedom to pick up at a moment’s notice and go off on an spontaneous trip.

I’m retired and keeping busy in a million different way. But sometimes I get lonely and wonder how in the world I ended up here. I miss having that someone special in my life and yet, I love the freedom to pick up at a moment’s notice and go off on an spontaneous trip. I’ll be sure to tell you about some of my adventures as we go along. I have a fun one coming up.

So, what about you? You feeling at loose ends? Looking for guidance? Need a sense of purpose?

I know having a sense of purpose keeps loneliness at bay.  I always have the library to go to when I feel the walls closing in. I have 4 books on my table to read and I also have 2 books on my Hoopla app that I can listen to as I garden, clean or drive.

This is actually a great time for me to try something new. Last summer I took pickleball lessons and LOVE playing. It is social, aerobic and super fun! I also enjoy bowling and have special friends that I only see at the bowling alley. Next on my list I want to go to a music store and find a used instrument and take lessons. That will wake me up and get my brain cells firing again for sure!

Some days I wonder how other retired people fill their time. I want to peer into their windows and ask if I can join in. I want to connect to a community of retired people and unite. Does that make sense? I will sleep on it and decide in the morning.

In the meantime. I shall say adieu until we meet again.