Rocky Mountain High

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.

In happier times, Storm might have posed here for a lovely shot of the Rockies. I am sure he is here in spirit, but not photogenic in that state. To Stormy and my friends in the Dawson Gang! Thanks for the happy, exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying) memories.

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.

  1. Spinach in my teeth from lunch?  Now no one can see it.
  2. Unsightly nasal globules lodged in my nose? Hidden by my mask thank goodness.
  3. Missed pulling out that long black chin hair this morning? Mask coverup is the solution to this problem at last!
  4. From a friend: “I can whisper-cuss at irritating people and they can’t hear me or read my lips, but I feel better.”
  5. 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.”
  6. With my sunglasses on too, no one really knows what I look like.  I hope they assume I am mysteriously gorgeous.
  7. Laugh lines and other facial wrinkles hidden by mask – who’s laughing now?
  8. No more chapped lips.
  9. A long lasting solution for bad breath.
  10. Save money and time – no reason to wear makeup!
  11. From a fellow volunteer:  “Old Age Acne is easily concealed with a mask.”
  12. 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).
  13. 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)!

Love, Sunny


In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

11 Replies to “Rocky Mountain High”

  1. DOUG FINNICUM says: Reply


    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thank you!

  2. Great post again kid. We went to Denver once and visited a town that was big during the Gold Rush.Had a good time but did not see the sites that you have so nicely shared. Thanks, agree with the mask bit too. :>) GOD BLESS
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed and that you are back safely from your trip!

  3. I had not seen that picture of me and Storm at OSH, thank you!
    N. Clement Weathers

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      That is a favorite of mine. A copy is on the way to you. Thank you!!!

  4. Thank you!!

  5. Theresa Smart says: Reply

    Enjoyed this segment Deb, Thanks. Keep on Keeping On! Be safe

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks – glad to hear you guys are enjoying Virginia!

  6. Jack and RuthAnn says: Reply

    Enjoyed “traveling” along with you. Loved the “why I wear a mask”. Hope our paths will cross again someday. In the meantime, enjoy your travels.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I hope so too! Hope your travels are safe and fun too!

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