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The lovely Art Deco courthouse, designed by architect Walter DeMordaunt and opened in 1932, is located in Salida, Colorado, and serves as the county seat of Chaffee County…..and the site of MKL’s and my civil ceremony. With our mutual passion for times past, fine architecture, and romance, as well as our love for Buena Vista and Colorado’s beautiful Banana Belt, it seemed most fitting, and it was perfect.

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Salida, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Sometimes there is nothing to do but surrender yourself to wonder… You must stop measuring – over and over – the line between loving and being in love. You must offer yourself, whole, to the cobalt starfish (and the orange one and the pale pink one and the biscuit-colored one with the raised, chocolate-brown art deco design) and to the clear, clear water and to the sweep of shining sky and to the silver scattershot of leaping fish (an entire school skipping across the ocean like a stone.)” — Marisa de los Santos

Daily Gratitudes:
Milk
A beautiful day
Beaches
What colors we have in autumn
Dried roses

This struck my fancy. I miss letters – actual letters that arrive in a mailbox, not emails, which are nice, but just not the same. I always used to write my letters on onion-skin paper – does anyone but me remember that kind of paper? It had a lightness, a sheerness to it, that made it seem more romantic somehow, more classic.  And of course, I always needed just the right pen. I think that’s a characteristic of most writers, that need for the perfect instrument to spill our hearts and words onto paper. Hope you are all having a lovely week.

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Salida, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Daily gratitudes:
Watching a pink sunset at Topsail on the Jolly Roger webcam
That the grass is still emerald green in October
Mr. P, my new travel pillow
Lunches with MKL
Olives and feta

The Mary Murphy Mine above St. Elmo is abandoned and (fortunately) one place that we could explore to our heart’s content. We just had to be careful not to fall through the floorboards.

Chaffee County, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”  —  Sophia Loren

Daily gratitudes:
Complimentary homeless people
Pumpkin spice latte
My dangly silver earrings from Santa Fe
Blue cheese stuffed olives
Novels from the 1900s
Salsa dancing with MKL

I keep wanting to write a whole post about Kelsea’s and my stay at the Mountain Goat Lodge, but until I do, pictures will have to suffice.  This welcoming goat soul was there to greet me when I went out on our first morning.

Salida, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “The world is not made up of atoms; it’s made up of stories.”  —  Muriel Rukeyser

Daily gratitudes:
Dogs that walk as if they’re stepping on marshmallows
Writing
Portals
Rivoli crystals
Red

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