Spontaneity and the Mountain Adventure

Recently, I have been feeling a little pessimistic about work, relationships, and life in general.  Nothing critical, but also not fun to deal with.  Last week, after running some errands, I had a wild hair to just drive and go somewhere new.  Ultimately, it wasn’t really a new place I ended up -a small mountain town I’ve visited a handful of times over my life.

But I parked, looked around the visitor center, grabbed a map, and then hoofed it around town.  I went into each little shop that was open, chit-chatted with some local business owners, purchased some souvenirs for out-of-state family, and just took my time with it.  It was nice to be in the mountains, but I needed a closer connection with nature.  I bought a sandwich (and some awful coconut water -bleh!), hopped back in the car, and drove up the nearby mountain.

I had a picnic lunch surrounded by quaking aspens rustling with the gentle breezes, fresh mountain air, and biting ants.  Really, that last one was my fault; I sat on a rock and put my foot in their nest.  I drove all around the mountain, up to the lake, and walked around a little.  I refrained from actually hiking because I was wearing slacks, flats, and a dressy sweater…Not really mountaineering attire.  I found a secluded ridge and sat on the edge, just watching the mountain, contemplating all the hard things about life.  After a while, the malaise dissipated and life didn’t seem so bad.  Then evening approached and I needed to leave, so I did -feeling much, much better than I have in a long time.

Enjoy the pictures!

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The aspens changing color matched nicely with the pines

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More golden trees

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The sun getting lower

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A panoramic view

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The lake was very full! And sparkly

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Sunbeams on the ridge

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Little plants living life on the edge

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This little chipmunk kept coming over to make friends, but every time I looked at him, breathed, or moved, he darted away.

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A lovely huge waterfall by a mill.  Only “One Way” to live, you know!

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About MurasakiOkapi

Work has taken over a huge portion of my life in recent years, but I am trying hard to get back in the habit of being at least marginally creative on a semi-regular basis. Other than that, I'm a nature enthusiast and love all animals. I try to see things from many perspectives, and live on the sustainable side. I wouldn't say I'm a positive person, but at the same time I don't tend to get too down about things.
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