I’m on vacation in Colorado. a huge step for me. I haven’t been on a real vacation in over 2 years, and I can’t remember the last time that I took a vacation all alone. I dawdled and dithered for a long time before I committed to airline tickets and resort reservations, even choosing a destination was a labor. I asked close friends if doing this alone was worthy or selfish…I wonder if deep down I thought I didn’t deserve this time just for me.
Then school ended…on a Saturday this year. It was a hot day in Houston, and I had a flat on the way to the airport. I was positive I would miss my flight….but I didn’t, thanks to the guys at NTB….and a fast Spot parking van driver, and friendly airline counter servers.
Anyway, landing in Denver was awesome…I was upgraded on my car rental to a Ford Escape (the implications of the name are not lost on me). Breathing the mountain air as I drove up I70, reminded me of all the things I miss by living in a large urban area. SPACE…CLEAN AIR….that delicious sense of un-boundedness.
So here I am in Breckenridge.
My first morning started at 2:30 Sunday…yup…was awakened by the yipping of animals unidentifiable to my befuddled brain….I figured it was a local pack of dogs…and I was so ready to complain. The continued chorus finally forced me up at 5:30.
And I saw a sight that amazed and compelled me. 4 fox were staving off a wolf, not 200 feet from my deck. They circled and nipped and yipped and worried him, for those 3 hours, until he finally gave up and trotted off. Later exploration revealed a fox den complete with young kit. Remarkable, to witness that successful cooperation in the wild. Of course I did not think of taking pictures until after I had my first mug of coffee in hand.
I thought of our world today, so disjointed, so fragmented….and wondered if we couldn’t take a lesson from these critters. Nature has made them normally timid and they don’t go around provoking incidents….but they banded together for their common good. They weren’t necessarily braver but their efforts, each voice, connected them into a greater force. Their kit survived, their intruder left, their domain was secure…it was a victory, if only for another day.
Drinking coffee in the early morning, on my deck, with a view of mountain peaks, lodge pole pines, and a local den of fox…. What more could I ask for? This is my victory. I found my voice and took a stand for myself, with the help of friends and strangers along the way, and here I am.
I am savoring each moment, whether in the sunshine, on the road to mountain summits, eating blueberries and bananas by an icy spring creek, anticipating white water rafting tomorrow…. I believe I hear John Denver in the background…I kid you not….and I am chronicling this journey of my own, with each picture I take and send on to FB….
I pray you find your voice, stand up for yourself, support your friends and family….together we are so much greater than we are alone.
Be safe, be healthy, take your women vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten
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