“The best traveler is one without a camera.”
― Kamand Kojouri
Yes and no.
No, in that I would not have brought home vacation photos like the one above and the over 300 captures now residing on my laptop. These are memories from a trip in which I saw amazing sights, spent time with family, and taste tested a few beers.
Yes, in that many times it’s difficult to capture the awe I felt while visiting Colorado. Many of the mountain and landscape views left me speechless. Many of the photos I have do not do justice to Mother Nature’s beauty. At times, it was best to simply stop and look, breathe in what was around me without whipping out the cell phone for yet another photo.
I spent a total of 19 days away from home, which is the longest vacation I’ve ever taken, but it was worth every minute. Except for the one-day delay coming home, another delay the next day, running through Chicago O’Hare for a connecting flight, and having a suitcase delivered four hours after the flight landed in Appleton. The joys of flying!
The first 11 days were spent hiking two different mountains of elevation and lesser (but beautiful) open spaces (trails) and a state park. On day 12, my brother had surgery (he’s fine), so I had one more day of hiking with his significant other and many days of helping to walk Odin, the Norwegian Elkhound. Did you know these Elkhounds are not only very furry, but have a strong mind of their own when they want to lead their human around the neighborhood? He and I had a few “talks” about that.
Gibbs was happy I came home and wouldn’t stop talking to/yelling at me for two days. He’s settling down now, as much as his needy and impatient soul can stand.
Anyhow, back to the camera and photos…
The rest of this post contains a few snapshots from the trip to God’s country. There will be a few more posts coming, like how my very fit brother put me to hiking shame, breathing at altitude, getting lost, so many microbreweries and so little time, and perhaps a one-liner for the coming week. Stay tuned!
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cam.” Find a word that contains “cam” or use it as is. Enjoy!