Lunch Loops trails grand junction, colorado


“Have you thought of an ending?”
“Yes, several, and all are dark and unpleasant.”
“Oh, that won’t do! Books ought to have good endings. How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?”
“It will do well, if it ever came to that.”
“Ah! And where will they live? That’s what I often wonder.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

The plan was to do a run at the Lunch Loops. Only 4 miles or so- my standard fare. But I couldn’t make it 1/4 mile before my body made it clear that the exertions of yesterday made it too much to expect two miles today.

So I stopped running.

Instead, I walked. And I thought to myself. I’m now counting down the days until this little project can be completed- wrapped up, and tied with a little bow as a 35th birthday present to myself. I feel that I’m coming to the end of a great adventure. It is both an ache and a thrill.

I took some pictures;

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I came up with some good ideas, and tried not to beat myself up too much.

Took a couple more pictures:

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While hiking down Pet, I found this cool rock:




Okay, IMG_2078Not a super good picture of it,  but it’s basically this perfectly round sphere embedded in a sandstone disk. I thought it was super cool and wished I could share it with someone! If only I knew someone who cared about cool rocks! I miss Wendy.

As I cranked the tuned and skipped (yes, like a school girl), back to the TH, I met a man in full-hiking-gear. I stopped him and handed over the rock. He was duly impressed! When he tried to hand it back, I said, “No no. I just wanted to share it with someone. Now I have. Thanks!” And I ran away.