THE GRAND MESA:
What a treat!! The Grand Mesa is the largest flattop mesa in THE WORLD and showcase over 300 lakes. And its an easy 45 minute drive to Powderhorn Ski Resort. HERE is their webcam link.
So I ended up taking the elders to the Mesa for a short little snowshoeing excursion. I was cracking up inside as we drove along towards the trail head because they were dropping comments like " glad we have someone to break trail" or " how far will we go" or " sure hope it doesn't get too cold"
I only smiled because I know we might make it a mile from the car, we sure as hell won't be breaking trail, and I am a casual "hiker" when friends are involved. These guys, dinosaurs!! I mean that in a humorous way. 80 years old, 68 years old, 65 years old, and me. The game plan was simple, show these guys a really fun non pressured walk about. Stop often, point out the small things, and hear our laughter echo off the mountain side.
And thats exactly how it played out. Offering each other a helping hand strapping on snowshoes, walking a short distance, stopping as often as needed, plenty of photo opportunities, and sharing stories from whenever and whatever.
"Should we turn back?" I would ask. "Are you sure you want to adventure up this climb?" I dubiously checked in. "How are you all doing with your water intake?" Leading questions like that. Much to my surprise, we tromped an out & back for a total of 3.1 miles. Never would have guessed that these guys would hike a 5K at 9,600ft. Truly Inspiring
While we surged on, I would break off trail and hammer out a loop. Even with snowshoes, the snow was up to my crotch in a few spots. I was able to burn the quads a bit as I rounded back in behind them. I did a number of these little loops. I just dig the sounds of breaking the crunchy frozen snow surfaces. And the day, Phuc-N Beautiful
Here was my eye opening moment, we returned to the car and them boys were wiped out. The 80yr old bent over to unstrap and damn near ate some yellow snow. I quickly grabbed him and held him up. We smiled at each other but damn it freaked me a bit. I announced," No more head rushes here. I will remove your snowshoes." We snacked on our treats, reflecting on the camaraderie from the day, and loaded up. Fun Had By All
|Necessities for the Annual Light Parade|
The 37Th Annual Parade of Lights:
The theme this year was Comic Books. Call me a wing nut but I'm a fan. So a field trip ensued and on goes the rechargeable battery powered lights. Again, call me names but I throughly enjoy dressing up bikes.
A group of us rode on downtown and meandered our way through the staging areas. I always support this detour because there are so many distraction during the parade that I feel like I miss the real details on these floats. And I enjoy shouting out encouraging phrases to all the participants. By Their Facial Reactions, Well Received
Like Smokey The Bear here. The Forest Service float was amazing but I would have never known if I didn't see it up close. They had live Pine Trees on all four corners of their trailer. I sang Happy Birthday ( turned 75 years old ) to Smokey The Bear and the supporting cast members on the float weren't too sure about me at first but reluctantly joined in. By the end, they were singing their hearts out. So Much Fun
Snoopy, Who Doesn't Love A Little Appearance by Snoopy?!?!?!!???? The stocking for a sleeping cap was a wonderful touch. Someone took their sweet time hanging those strings of lights. Fantastic Craftsmanship Displayed Here
Just a few, totally packed sidewalks, folks came out for the parade of lights. However, I sort of felt alone in a way. Not the whole time!!! I experienced a similar feeling while decorating my bike. I would love to share creative moments with a partner and share the joy of laughter over stupid inconceivable nothings. Standing on the street watching, would love to have a little hand slip into my glove. Or engage in the softness of lips meeting while the Snoopy float rolls on by. Simple Intimacy
But then it quickly dawned on me that I wasn't judged all day, I wasn't ridiculed about my behavior, and I wasn't doing IT wrong. I wasn't concerned about meeting someone else expectations and nobody was up my A$$ about a timeline or schedule. Actually, Flying Solo Isn't So Bad
This Batmobile cracked me up. Pretty Damn Cool But Totally Hilarious At The Same Time. When we rode by them in the staging area, they had an operating fog machine for a three dimensional vibe. It must have crapped out by this point. NOW, in the good old fashion of Keeping GJ Lame, NO SANTA ON THE LAST FLOAT!!! Can you believe that?? Have you ever been to a Christmas parade were Santa WASN'T on the last float?? That Is Weird Or Just Lame
This is a time lapse video that I created back in 2017. Before my older MacBook Pro crashed, I could bang out these 2-3 minute time lapses in no time at all. I have been experiencing this little itch of creating content again. But then the $$$ for the equipment, relearning the new programs, and investing the time turns me off. Mainly, its the coin. I don't know, you tell me. Would You Watch These 3 Minute Time Lapses??
- Ride Outdoors A Much As Possible
- Consume As Many Veggies & Fruits As Possible
- Giggle With Tears Of Joy
- Work In Super Sets This "off" Season
- Share This Full Moon Snowshoeing
- Creating Three Separate Upcoming Radio Shows