OK, so you might have thought I’ve disappeared on the “road of life.” I’m happy to report that that isn’t the case, but it’s been horrendously hot. After Moab, I moved to Grand Junction. However, the heat caught up with us there (102 degrees yesterday) so I moved today to El Jebel. I don’t have an air conditioner and/or a generator.
I’ve already shelled out some money to repair my roof vent and install a new ladder. However, the repair place in Grand Junction was very nice and did the repairs for a fair price. Oh well, it’s only money.
My latest “athletic feat” was kayaking on the Colorado River. I’ll admit I’m a little nervous “in the rapids.” There were a dozen of us, and I was trying to hold back my kayak to allow the person in front of me to go. However, the current carried me and I had my kayak positioned backwards. Peggy, who lives in Grand Junction told me: “Go ahead, you’re fine – I’ve got you.” And, in a few short seconds I came out of the rapids intact! It’s amazing what encouraging words can do. J Later, one of the guys asked me if I went backwards on purpose. No way, and hopefully not ever again.
I am finding that at times I prefer the company of my dog to other creatures of the two-legged variety. Cali’s such a good road dog and sits patiently in the passenger seat as we travel along. At the end of the day, she “nose nudges” me for some snuggling and I relax with a glass of wine.
The road alone makes me stronger – but not immediately so. I’ve recently recalled the words of a therapist who was told when she was in therapy to “expect nothing.” In a perfect world, I always “expect” people to be kind, gracious, and thoughtful. However, in reality people are often cruel, rude, and just plain hateful. I’ve decided to not waste my time with the latter, and concentrate my energy and focus on the former.
You can view recent photos and other sets on my Flickr photostream.