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Elk are abundant, as are deer – moreso than I recall in my 34 years in Colorado. Last weekend, driving back from work at about 10:30 at night, I came across a car that had just hit a large elk. The occupants were two grandparents (about my age!), their four-year old grandson and their small dog. The grandfather had climbed down the embankment to find the dying elk (not a wise move) and the grandmother, little boy and dog were standing in the dark by the side of the road. Pieces of their car were scattered across the highway and the entire front passenger side was crushed. Others had stopped, but had moved on when they realized there were no injuries. That felt wrong to me, so I stayed with the trio on the side of the road, kicked the debris out of the road using moonlight as a guide so no one else would have an accident, distracted the lady with talk of random things, made the little boy laugh, held the dog while she helped her grandson put on some warm clothes, and tucked them all in my truck until the police came to help. They were from the city, and were scared and shocked. And very, very lucky. As I left them, she said, “You’ll never know what a lifesaver you were tonight.” And I wished them blessings.

The moral of this story is, if you are driving in the mountains, especially at night, keep a weather eye out. Elk are quick and slow at the same time. Go slower than you think you should, keep your lights on bright when you can, and look for their eyes – that gleam is usually what your headlights will catch. Let’s keep you – and these beautiful creatures – safe and sound.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “The concept of conservation is a far truer sign of civilization than that spoilation of a continent which we once confused with progress.” —  Peter Matthiessen

Daily gratitudes:
The 3-year old Bronco fan with his mohawk on the shuttle
The man in the straw boater hat
Lunch with MKL
My wedding boots
Love

The evening we had a girls trip through Rocky Mountain National Park was magical and it was wonderful to spend time with my ‘sister’. I think we drove my niece and Kelsea, who were in the car behind us, crazy because we were stopping every 500 feet to take pictures, some of which I have shared with you before.

The beauty and openness of the space at the top of the mountains lets me breathe and reminds me how much life is always worth living. There is always beauty. You just have to look for it.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”  — Agatha Christie

Daily gratitudes:
Feeling sorrow and knowing it will ease
Making soup
Mr. Man
Seeing MKL for the first time in three days
Returnable milk jugs

It seems as if he is saying, “Oh, darling, what is that glorious  perfume you’re wearing?!” These two were so lovey it was adorable, nuzzling, and giving elk kisses. He was about the only male in the herd, so clearly this was his chosen inamorata for the evening. (Sorry it’s a little blurry.)

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.” — Nicholas Sparks

Daily gratitudes:
The lady styling the SpongeBob Squarepants  spike-heel ankle bootsHugging Mr. Man
When the day isn’t as hot as they say it’s going to be
MKL
That the beach is just days away

Because we have such an amazing place as Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road in our backyard. We had a girl’s trip yesterday to Silverthorne and back through Grand Lake and the Park, and it was wonderful. Great views and great talks. We saw oodles of elk and two moose (though I have yet to see an antlered moose). Love you, daughter, sister, niece.
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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “All things pass in time. We are far less significant than we imagine ourselves to be. All that we are, all that we have wrought, is but a shadow, no matter how durable it may seem. One day, when the last man has breathed his last breath, the sun will shine, the mountains will stand, the rain will fall, the streams will whisper—and they will not miss him.” — Jim Butcher

Daily gratitudes:
Children playing in dancing waters
Leftover wedding flowers
Ice cold milk
That the beach soon come
Sunsets

 

As promised, this is one of the many elk that roam the roads and yards of Estes Park. There are herds and herds of them, and at this time of year, they have lovely velvet on their antlers. Come fall, we will see bucks everywhere, and will be looking for the stags with the most points, and listening to them bugle their mating calls, a haunting, startling sound that can echo across open fields. This year, MKL and I will try to make an early morning run to my favorite big meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park, where the elk seem to congregate during mating season. Sort of like nature’s pick-up bar.

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Estes Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Connecting with the wilderness allows us to live in the flow of a meaningful, joyful life. Embracing this state of connectedness or oneness with other living beings including animals, as opposed to feeling an “otherness” or “separateness” brings a sense of harmony and enables us to be at peace with oneself and the world.” — Sylvia Dolson

Daily gratitudes:
The little boy trying to walk up the down escalator
Vintage railway cars at Union Station (I have pictures!)
The nice people at King Soopers who let me get my milk that I bought and forgot yesterday
Turquoise
MKL

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