A Trip Down Memory Lane
The last time I paid a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park just west of Denver, I was riding with my motorcycle friends in the Dawson Gang on our first group Wild West trip. We had already looped through the Black Hills, Yellowstone and all the glorious scenery along that route. It seemed a wonderful idea to bike this park before loading our machines back up in Denver and heading home.
As I cruise the 14,000 ft peaks overlooking steep dropoffs along the road edge, I can almost still hear the alarmed chatter of the rider’s in our group. It seems a few were deathly afraid of heights. They were certain death by driving off a cliff was in their immediate future.
I, on the other hand, was much more concerned about the fact that we were riding inside a thunderstorm at that elevation. I hoped fervently that I was not soon to be a lightning bolt target. The storm’s cold rain and thundering fury made my prayers for safety seem inadequate.
Although I make this trip today alone in the Jeep, the memories of riding through with my friends and Storm still bring a smile to my face. Enjoy photos from some of the sights that I missed on the first time through with Storm in a storm.
Why I Like Wearing a Face Mask
I realize that there is a great deal of controversy about wearing a face mask. Being a silver lining kind of person though, I can’t help but ponder the brighter side of this issue. Please keep in mind that this is not a political forum and I hope only to make you smile with my observations.
- Spinach in my teeth from lunch? Now no one can see it.
- Unsightly nasal globules lodged in my nose? Hidden by my mask thank goodness.
- Missed pulling out that long black chin hair this morning? Mask coverup is the solution to this problem at last!
- From a friend: “I can whisper-cuss at irritating people and they can’t hear me or read my lips, but I feel better.”
- A lady at RMNP as she exited the pit toilet told me: “with a face mask on, the pit toilets don’t smell quite as bad.”
- With my sunglasses on too, no one really knows what I look like. I hope they assume I am mysteriously gorgeous.
- Laugh lines and other facial wrinkles hidden by mask – who’s laughing now?
- No more chapped lips.
- A long lasting solution for bad breath.
- Save money and time – no reason to wear makeup!
- From a fellow volunteer: “Old Age Acne is easily concealed with a mask.”
- When I yawn, no one can see me do it (if I refrain from reflexively covering my mouth with my hand – still working on that).
- If local wildfires fill the air with smoke (like they are here right now), my mask actually seems to filter out the smoke and make it easier to inhale without coughing.
Be safe and enjoy life (whatever weird directions it sometimes takes)!