The memories of tranquil moments in the mountains carried me through a hectic day. We went to the vet today - no news on our dogs' pancreatitis and UTI yet - but we saw lots of other crises unfolding. I think that being a vet must be one of the hardest jobs in the world on some days. It made me give my dogs a hug and thank goodness that their issues are curable.
Today, visions from the mountains danced through my head. On our recent trip, we headed straight for the San Juan Mountains after our brief stay near my mountain biking nirvana. Along the way, we saw a bear cub, born last winter, lope across the road to catch up with her mom who had already disappeared into a towering aspen grove. The cub was a miniature black creature who looked cute but determined. I wished her well and hoped that she'd live to raise her own cubs someday.
At our first campsite above Lake City, harebells nodded in the evening light.
The next morning, K and I had our first 'adventure' together, exploring a section of the Colorado trail that led high up onto a plateau near the Continental Divide.
I pedaled and K ran through lush green grass, Rocky Mountain rocks, wildflowers, and looming storms. The storms eventually led us to flee down the mountain to safety. The storm clouds behind the rust mountains painted a dramatic picture.
Last summer, K and I had a long and arduous day when we got lost on the Colorado Trail because I didn't know that it had been re-routed. During our ride on this day, some prankster had put up a fake Colorado Trail triangle and even constructed a misleading tall cairn of rocks. Fortunately, I had the route firmly painted in my mind (plus a good map and GPS unit in my backpack) so I didn't fall for the tricks. I wonder what would lead someone to maliciously try to lead people astray?
After our wonderful ride, we drove toward Silverton, stopping to camp in a lush green basin below a 14,000' peak.
We reveled in the still-blossoming Columbines and the whistles of marmots as we hiked up the basin. I felt lucky to be alive and in paradise.