Because we have mountains that are over 14,000 feet. In fact, we have 53 of them. Do you know that’s the cruising altitude of some small aircraft? We drove up to the top of Mt. Evans yesterday, which is 14,130 feet tall. We didn’t do the final ascent to the very tip-top of the rocks because MKL did not have a jacket and it was freezing up there, but we will on our next trip up. In fact, this might be a fourteener that I could climb, something I have on my list for the next year or two. It was a winding road up, snowbanks on the sides of the road in spots, and wild and windy at the top, with beautiful amazing views all the way to South Park and the Sawatch Range. I was definitely a little disoriented by the altitude, spinning in my head and having to hold onto MKL, or fall down. It was hot in Denver yesterday, so this was a perfect day to go up.

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Mt. Evans, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know – unless it be to share our laughter.  We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.” —  James Kavanaugh

Daily gratitudes:
Drinking coffee on the abstract bench this morning
Soft breezes
A new restaurant
Singing along to my iPod in the truck
Shoes that make my feet look tiny