adventures shared with a stranger or a few strangers
adventures shared with an acquaintance or a few friends
adventures shared with a close friend
adventures shared with family members
adventures shared with a life partner
Each adventure is flavored by companionship, just as a soup or sauce is changed by spices added. The basic character of the journey remains the same, but different details come to the fore.
When my husband and I went up to the Grand Mesa on Friday, the trip was different than it would have been with my former walking partner, or with only my own company. My husband loves to stop and watch the birds, butterflies, bees, and, in this case, chimunks. Not everyone does.
Our conversation is different, too. Often, we don’t talk at all. We don’t have to. Like the little friends in the picture, we are out together devouring the beauty of the day, taking pictures, and hording memories.
That day, we had so many.
a long walk through golden woods
a fantastic hamburger and home fries at Mesa Lakes Lodge and Resort
butterflies and chipmunks
glittering diamonds on the lakes
But, most of all, just being together sharing another special experience.
We continued up past Powderhorn, http://www.powderhorn.com/ our local ski resort, which, under new management, is developing new summer activities such as mountain biking and hiking. As the fall colors deepen, the lifts may run on weekends to take visitors through the vibrant woods.
A recent adventure involved a very short drive early in the morning.
At the end of August, there was a blue moon, the second full moon of the month.
My husband and I drove to the foot of the Colorado National Monument about a mile from our house in Grand Junction at 6:30. A late monsoonal storm was moving through the area, filling the sky with heaps of broken cloud.
As the huge moon set over sandstone cliffs to our left, a red sun rose over the Grand Mesa on the opposite side of the valley.
Standing there beside our little Honda in the pale light, we could feel the turning of the Earth.
The link below leads to a photograph of that amazing dawn.