We arrived in a storm after braving 6 hours in the Memphis airport due to a missed connection. (No Elvis sightings…darn it!) The storm made for some turbulence, but as I’m a firm believer in silver linings, I must admit that I was less impressed by the storm than by its product:
Colorado is a BEAUTIFUL state, and this particular area is rife with gorgeous views like the Garden of the Gods. It’s in this garden that my wonderful friend Jane and I found a spot to share and pray after driving around the red rocks for the obligatory picture tour.
On this particular evening, we sat out on their balcony as the sun set, reliving old stories of BFA days. Sam is the type of father-figure every woman needs–he loves fiercely and honestly. And Jane, for those who have read my novel, is very much like Bev in the story. She is steadfast, spirit-led and genuine…and her accent alone is well worth the long flight to Colorado!
But my trip here wasn’t just to see my old friends. It was to help celebrate my grandma’s…drum roll please…NINETY-FOURTH birthday!
My favorite mode of transportation while I’ve been here? THIS!! And–I kid you not–it has a kitchen sink, a plunger and a snowboard in the back of it! (Note the fancy camouflage jacket I found stashed behind the front seat…)
And then, to top it off, I got to spend a whole day with one of my absolutely favorite people. Chance drove down from Denver to spend a few hours together. We had my favorite Chili’s lunch (chicken fingers and honey-mustard sauce) then headed off into the hills above Monument to find a shaded spot in the forest and have a long, wonderful talk on a blanket under the trees.
It turns out he liked the shade so much…
…he took a wee nap!
Let me tell you something about people like Chance. They’re honest and intelligent and caring and clear-minded and pee-in-your-pants funny. And they’re simply too rare.
It’s not over yet. Tomorrow is the BIG 4th of July celebration, complete with parades, concert and fireworks. I’ll be sure to tell you about it! Until then, here’s another eat-your-heart-out view of this magnificent place: