Monday, May 30, 2016

Flow


Mercurial spring weather has slowly given way to predictable sunshine that fills our trails with visitors from every compass point. Their smiles and manic speech is a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this place and to enjoy the treasures out our door.




Shimmering white snowfields creep higher up mesas and mountains with each passing day, as their winter bounty fills creeks and rivers with torrid whitewater.




Is it inflating boats, the crescendo hiding below an approaching horizon line, or the shock of algid water that is stealing away my breath?




Another year in my life flows into the confines of memory, and in the celebration, the enigma of what I've done to deserve these friends and family gives me pause.


On the day of my birthday, Keri and I spend 10 hours riding and pushing our bikes. We did the same for eight hours the preceding day and have another five once our spot on Earth rotates to greet the rising sun.




Despite what exhaustion we feel, she pulls two oranges and cake mix from her bags to fashion a backcountry birthday cake. Our moods illuminate as a fire begins crackling and the toil of the last 45 miles vanishes with the smoke, into the wind.



My emotions of the final day soar to summits in the La Sal Mountains and plunge into the muddy Colorado River coursing through the valley at their feet. She became my life preserver in those final miles.




Burgers, onion rings, and shakes accost us. We capitulate.





Turtle toes









Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Life Lived: Weeks 16-20


We have been in the midst of a spring that feels more damp and gray than is typical. Days to ride bikes or be on trails have been numbered, as many of our days off work are too wet and local trails turn into clay with peanut butter's consistency. Plans have been changed and changed again. Though we've made trips to escape the gloom, getting out of town isn't always feasible and pent up energy can lead to frustration. Despite this, there are benefits to our weather.



April, and now May, showers do bring color and life to the desert in the form of wild flowers. The abundant pinks, greens, yellows, reds, and oranges make it easier to slow down and savor the limited opportunities to be outside. Each flower seems like a gift.




Rainy days provide a perfect opportunity to spend time learning new skills, readying soil and planting a garden, or studying.


Portraits=trying something new

Cucumbers



After years of study and school work come to an end, stormy weather can't dampen a celebration or hinder time spent with friends and family.

Roomies breaking in the Bocce set




NP of Honor
Family game. Though I got the shot I desired, perhaps the better photo would have the family in focus. Learning


Then there's melt water that begins pouring out of the mountains, filling my head with dreams of whitewater and beautiful places otherwise not experienced.





With sunny skies in the coming forecast, we will be returning to outdoor adventures. Hopefully lessons learned and experiences had during this rainy time will leave lasting impressions and keep our eyes open to the joys of routine life.

Pre-party nap
Meowzers hoping for a trip to sunnier places 
Eye of the Tiger
Winning toss
Party lights