Out With My Posse

Some random thoughts. Okay, maybe not entirely random because most of them have to do with being out of sorts due to the 5 stitches in my wrist, and being exhausted today- a reminder my body is still healing….

I was up so much of last night because of the pain and discomfort in my wrist. I opted for this feeling over the intensely-vivid dreams I have when on medication.

I saw my bike helmet today while putting away Dennis’ bike things. It was like seeing an old friend but being unable to take them out to a long catch-up lunch. ‘Twas sad.

Took my bike into the shop the day before I had surgery last week. It’s still there. I can’t bear to have him at home.

Maybe I’ve taken on more than I can manage with this whole trail-a-day experiment. Not that I can’t do it, or that I won’t do it, but I’m starting to feel a change in myself already by doing it. It’s only been, what, three weeks? If I can feel an alteration this far in, how will I be different a year from now? I guess that’s kind of the point.

Okay- on to today’s experience. Took my Jeep and my three kids, plus Trinity’s friend Mikayla, to Bang’s Canyon, down the Tabaguache to Rough Canyon. When we got past the play area ours were the only full-size tracks in the snow. It was excellent.

The kids make everything so much fun! The back-seaters created a cacophony of enjoyment with every bump, dip and turn in the trail. Tim in the front made navigation selections and interesting observations. Like the moon, apparently, is a huge floating melting rock in the sky. And as the sun set the valley filled with mashed-potato and the sky with purple-dominated rainbows. No kidding. His words. He also made this observation:

“This is the best Jeep ever.”

I had to laugh at this. We have had so many jeeps over the years I can’t even count. More than 10 I think. This particular red 4-door we purchased a couple years ago for a whopping $800. Dennis neglected the build on it until just before EJS, then did a quick build on it, including a set of tires for a whole $100. In other words, this is the chintziest Jeep we have ever owned. But I think Tim is right. This one is the best Jeep ever.

So we dropped down Tab and parked at the Rough Canyon Falls hiking trail. We hiked out to the falls and played around on the ice pockets in the slickrock until the kids were frozen. The drive out was at least as fun as the drive in. I love this trail.

When I was helping with the Grand Junction Off-road we had an aid station set up there, at the TH. So I got to drive down there to scout the location, drop off supplies for the aid station, and even went down on a clean-up mission post-race. Taking that route so many times I couldn’t help myself; I had to time it and see how fast I could get in and out. I worked it down to 15 minutes. That’s pretty dang fast.

Tim was highly concerned today that I was Jeeping with only one hand. He got nervous with the snow on the trail and was like, “Mom. Can you please use both hands?”. I’d go to take a drink and he’d say, “Mom. Stop driving when you drink.” But after the first 10 minutes he relaxed and had fun. He’s getting pretty good at the “what does that rock formation look like?” game. And Connor was observing all of the animal tracks and telling us what kind they were and how to tell- the same things I taught him when we did Devil’s Kitchen the other day! I’m so proud of my kiddos!

So today’s trail explore: success!

You and me goin' Jeepin' in the snow...
You and me goin’ Jeepin’ in the snow…
The posse.
The posse.
I ♥ COPMOBA and the Endoholics.
I ♥ COPMOBA and the Endoholics.
Maybe the best Jeep ever.
Maybe the best Jeep ever.
Little patch of slippery ice.
Little patch of slippery ice.
Running
Running
Little hoodoo. Looks like a chimney.
Little hoodoo. Looks like a chimney.
the big cottonwood in the bottom of the canyon still clinging to its yellow leaves.
the big cottonwood in the bottom of the canyon still clinging to its yellow leaves.
Ice taking the form of lace.
Ice taking the form of lace.
Trinity took this one of me.
Trinity took this one of me.
They had a great time!
They had a great time!
Sunset- looking east to the Mesa where Dennis is bivouacking with MCSARGT tonight.
Sunset- looking east to the Mesa where Dennis is bivouacking with MCSARGT tonight.

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