I am so excited to be back on the road again! It is interesting how I can feel trapped living with walls around me, even with all the luxury possible to feel pampered and comfortable. With all the hard work it takes to live a nomadic life, I love it! When I started this journey four months ago, I honestly didn't know how I would feel and how it all would shape up to be. So far, it has been absolutely amazing!
My week with Adi and Ron will be a memorable one for sure! There is one thing I allow myself to be proud of, and that is the close relationship I created with both of my boys.
It was so wonderful to get a glimpse of Ron's life in Boulder. We met Ron's friends at the Dark Horse for a karaoke night. What a great bar with fascinating decor. The vibe is electrifying and I danced most of the evening! It was so much fun to do my first karaoke with my boys! (Who would have thought my shy part would go on the stage to sing in front of so many people.)
One of Ron's passions is stand-up comedy. We went to watch him perform at one of the open mics. I love seeing Ron on stage! I give him so much credit for his braveness. How can I not be a proud mom when in the end, another comedian congratulated Ron for an excellent performance!
When you raise your kids with love for hiking and nature, you hope they will get the bug for it as well. I am happy for both of them that they find enjoyment in the outdoors. We shared beautiful hikes in Boulder, the Rattlesnake Gulch Loop at Eldorado Canyon, and the Royal Arch Trail at Chautauqua Park; so far, my favorite hike here. I love that when you get to the end of the trail, you have the feeling of being on top of the world. It's not the first time I've noticed the vivid lime green and orange colors on those big sheer rocks. I love it when the sun reveals vivid colors in nature.
A wonderful and delicious surprise was enjoying Ron's cooking. Ron exceeds my cooking abilities! It is nice to be on the other side of the table!
It is a beautiful, sunny Sunday, and just a bit of a special day. It is my birthday, after all. :)
It means so much to me that Adi made the effort to come and share this day with me. I honestly can't think of a better way to spend my birthday than having my boys with me hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.
We were all in awe of our surroundings. There will be places I will see and experiences that will forever leave their mark on me. Rocky Mountain National Park is, without a doubt, one of those places. I felt like I was in a movie. The soaring mountains covered with snow were breathtaking views. The cold temperature and the few roads open for the season let us do only one hike, so we hiked to Emerald Lake (10,110' elevation). Wow!!!
I know I would have to experience some bumps along the way, and this time it is literally a crack. A tiny rock hit my front windshield just at the right angle, and with the cold temperature, there was no escaping the crack. Of course, I had to try to take care of it, but because I am about to hit the road again and don't have time to wait for an appointment, I will need to deal with it at my next long stretch stop. The good news is it is only a cosmetic problem. The not-so-great news is the crack is pretty much in my view.
Colorado gave me stunning views, time with my boys, and a new friendship with Trish that I am looking forward to nourishing and growing.
I look forward to my next destinations, Canyonland National Park, Arches National Park, and Antelope Canyon. Then, I will stop for a few days to experience the Nomadic conference in Quartzsite, Arizona. Since it is my first time there, I am excited to experience it.
I am looking forward to spending time with my friends Gina and Bob. Gina and I had plans back in April 2020 to hike in the Grand Canyon National Park. Now we have a chance to do it! I will explore Arizona in February while experiencing boondocking. I have been boondocking before with an RV. This time, I will be alone and with my car. I am anxious about it.