Day 4b-My Visit to the Boulder Post Office
I always send a postcard to my friend Miranda and family when I am away. Yesterday was no different. While in Boulder, at that fabulous indie book store, I found a just right perfect postcard. I traipsed on over to the Boulder post office. I stood in line while a overly friendly, slightly high man, happily discussed the merits of the music filling the post office. “Reminds me of some 1970s TV series song. ” He tells me and then proceeds to hum it out loud for our small crowd of line standers. He was standing in the wrong spot in line. He joined us at the wrong end and he never really noticed.
My turn is up at the window and a helpful postman asks me if I need stamps.
“Yes I do.” I tell him. “And I don’t want plain old flag ones”.
He hands me a book full of stamp options. Pages of full stamp books. You turn the page and there are Jimmy Hendrix stamps, then Star Trek, and Oscar De La Renta dress stamps, and near the very end; National Park stamps.
“Perfect!” I tell Post Office Guy.
Well, he must have thought my enthusiasm over all things stamps made us family or maybe good friends. I say this because as he is affixing stamps on my postcard; he starts reading my postcard to Miranda and family. Not just subtly mind you, but with comments interjected.
“Looks like your here from out of town and sending a postcard back home.” “How is Estes Park?” He scans the note for more details, but then realizes what he is doing and changes the subject. I oblige him because I’m learning that kindness matters and so does love.
Intangibles I know that need to be more evident in my life. It was a struggle because I really did want to go all Mama on him, but he was my age or maybe a bit older and then that would have just been weird. Sometimes I’m really happy to have saved myself from myself. Or really, that God keeps reminding me to shush.
Day 4b–My time lapse video from yesterday
We are coming from the East and heading west to Estes Park. That view was my view every morning as a child while heading to elementary school. Well maybe not with all the bugs.
Day 5-Moving Day, Life Inside a Tent, Slo-Mo video of Steve, and Coyotes!
Ok so the wind whacked against our tent last night and woke us up. I hoped for a time anywhere between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. It was still dark so I knew it wasn’t later than that. It was 2:00 am. I imagined my tent blowing away, but then remembered Steve and I were probably pretty good anchors. Along with those stakes we hammered into the ground.
We fell back to sleep and then we woke up again at the late hour of 6:00. At that time, I tried my usual photo of Steve for the day. He put his hood up over his head, but then was caught in a slow mo video that I was trialing as he turned to show me a deer outside our tent. He loves it when I do this.
Since there already is a lot of chatter about tents; here are some photos of life inside the tent and a surprise nearby chorus of coyotes caught on the video. The deer heard them and high tailed it away. You’ll have to imagine the coyotes. There was no sound when I transferred it to the computer.
Today we hiked to Fern Falls and a bit past that point because we thought there would be a sign that said, “Fern Falls”. 1/2 mile later as we continually moved away from the river; we figured out we missed the falls. We don’t profess to be the brightest bulbs in the box on all days. Enjoy the scenery, views, and videos. It was a gorgeous 7 mile hike.
Moving! We moved from Moraine Park Campground to Estes Park Mary’s Lake Campground.
I believe our words with each other create beautiful stories of this one collective life we have together. Keep writing and telling me about how life is where you are.
Car Miles Traveled-32
Foot Miles Traveled-7.1 or 17,655 steps. Yes. I’m tired.
Update-7:22 pm. 19,302 steps or 7.8 miles.
Books We are Reading or Listening to: Jodi Piccult-Small Great Things (Audio Version) Andy Stanley-Deep and Wide.
Heard on the Trail-
“I’m not going to touch that one.”
“So you ate a bug, now you have a little protein”.
“Hi.” “Hello.” “Hey”.
“How you guys doing?”
“Are the falls up here?”.
“You should probably go to the right of that.”.
“I like the geometry of that flower.”
” I went up the trail and didn’t see any one. Now there are all kinds of people.”.
Lovely Things: Water. Shaded new home. Moutain Flowers. News from home. Stephen Dean Krogman. Feet and legs that move. Sunscreen.
For Tomorrow: Once Steve leaves on Monday, I want my tent to have a name. Send me your best tent names.
Peace and JOY!