When Richard and I were getting married, we had a friend tell us that the day will fly by so quickly, that we should take mental pictures throughout the event to file away for life. We took up that challenge and to this day, I am thankful that I did, as I remember so much of that important day. Click, click.
In two months, I will turn 60 years old. I simply cannot believe this. In my head, I’m 30. My body, not so much! But in this new phase of retirement and exploring our country, I’m left with a sense that each place we visit might be the last time I experience it. So, I revert back to not only taking physical pictures, but mental ones as well. And I feel, for the first time in my life, that my life is not infinite. Tick-tock goes the clock, but I’m savoring every moment.
Since we left Bryce, we have been to Richfield and then to Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake was a shocker. We lived there from 1980-1984, right after we were married. We estimate that the population there has quintupled since then. What was once farmland is now bustling street corners filled with every kind of store available, street lights, and……traffic. I felt like I was in the movie, “Back to the Future” where only one piece of land was recognizable, and everything else around it was different. We owned two homes over those four years. One looks like a drug house, and the other looks almost exactly the same as we left it – a nice middle class home. It was fun to be back and experience what a difference 33 years makes. Tick-tock, tick-tock.
We also re-met up with our new friends Bill and Jen, as they had moved their 5th wheel up to Park City, only 30 minutes away.
Since we had been there last in the early ’80’s, again it was fun to see the change. As a reminder, the 2002 winter Olympics were held in and around SLC,and we had lunch in the shadow of the huge ski jumps that are still there.
We had our first “parking adventure” at the RV park we stayed at.
The sites were ridiculously close to each other and pulling in was a 90 degree angle, instead of the typical 45 degrees. Long story short, our RV “kissed” a parked truck and did some minor damage to the truck and the RV had a light knocked out and got a nasty scrape. Richard beat himself up for a couple of days, but I’m not sure there was much he could have done differently. In a way, it turned out to be a blessing. The person whose truck we hit was not in his RV at the time, so we left a note on his door. He was so thankful that we were honest, and we really enjoyed chatting with him over the time we were there. He went and got an estimate for the repair of his truck and it was so minimal, that we just wrote him a check and called it good. Phew!
Over that weekend, we flew to Northern CA to attend our goddaughter’s wedding.
Holly married a wonderful man, Francois, and I had the honor of being their officiant.
That was a first for me. Again, we experienced a lovely milestone. I have known Holly since the day she was born, and now to see her marrying the love of her life, surrounded by all those people who love them, was quite lovely. Tick-tock goes the clock. Click, click goes the mental camera. Savor every moment.
Leaving SLC, we headed up to Idaho, to Heise Hot Springs, somewhat near Idaho Falls. This location is more of a getaway for the locals, and we enjoyed meeting some of them. We even went in the hot springs. It felt great! They offer a 10-station zip line there and one of the stations was right outside our RV.
We loved hearing the noise of the wire as someone was headed our way. One day we hiked up the hill to the platform. We got a great view from there.
From there, it was a 90 minute drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so we took a day and headed over there.
We had lunch, walked around the town and enjoyed the scenery. Maggie enjoyed walking around town with us. We hope to be back there at another time.
After that, we headed to Henry’s Lake, also in ID. A beautiful campground with great hiking trails around. We enjoyed spending a few days there before we headed up to Yellowstone. Right now they are experiencing large snow fly hatches.
These flies don’t bite but they are quite the nuisance!
We took a lovely 3 mile hike,
but bears abound in that area, so I was nervous, trying to make noise as we went along.
After that, I insisted we buy Bear Spray (pretty much pepper spray on steroids) so we will be well armed when we hike in bear territory next time.
And here we are now, just outside of Yellowstone Park. What a majestic place.
Again, we were awed by God’s creation. Yesterday, we spent the entire day driving around, enjoying the incredible geysers and watching bison roam.
The bison are molting, and because we were able to get so close to them (two of them were hanging out in the road as we inched by them in our truck), we could see how very interesting the molting was, with fur and skin hanging off of them.
We saw a baby caribou and its mama too. And of course, we had to swing by and watch Old Faithful do its thing.
We have noticed at all of the national parks we’ve been to, that there is a huge influx of foreign visitors. So much so, that the parks are needing to “educate” folks. I got a kick out of this sign that I saw in two restrooms within Yellowstone!
Maggie Mae, the Poop Snob has now turned 7 months old and is STILL a tiny thing. She is 6.2 pounds, and has remained at that weight for the last month or so, even while she eats the finest dog food around! She has learned how to jump on furniture, and today, I walked away from my lunch for 30 seconds, came back and she was happily digging in to my steak salad. Boy, did she look guilty when I caught her! She appears to be lightening in her fur color. She was dark chocolate when we got her and now we see wisps of white appearing, and her overall appearance is now a mocha shade. Many Havanese completely change color, but we really hope this does not happen, as we love her color the way it is! She is growing up so fast, learning new things all the time. Tick-tock, tick-tock goes the clock.
So, that’s what we’ve been up to over the last several weeks. We are reminded of the passing of time, but more importantly, to savor every moment. Those milestones, but also the day-to-day joys (and frustrations) of life. Next up is two weeks in Sun Valley. We leave tomorrow.