Moon Over Red Mountain

November 2022 My friends and I were driving from Silverton to Durango. It was dark, and it was snowing. There was a full moon, so naturally we howled. (Actually, we were singing, but who could tell the difference?) The moonlight illuminated the falling snow. We decided it would be cool if we drove through theContinue reading “Moon Over Red Mountain”

Mountain Clouds

November 2022 The last time I saw Yosemite looking like this I was on a bike in the pouring rain, wearing a blue rain slicker, watching the deer in the meadow. (Note to self: Rain is very noisy when it falls on plastic right next to your ear. ) I didn’t mind the rain makingContinue reading “Mountain Clouds”

Windom Peak

July 2022 Windom Peak is the highest summit of the Needle Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains, located approximately 28 miles north of Durango, Colorado. I did not know the name of Windom Peak growing up in Durango; I saw it whenever we drove to Grand Junction, and that was enough for me. I neverContinue reading “Windom Peak”

Santa Rosa Creek

October 2022 Claudia, June Bear, and I left Cambria and headed for Paso Robles via the Santa Rosa Creek road. Claudia was driving, which left me free to watch Santa Rosa Creek peek in and out of the trees. I was also free to get quite turned around in where I was on the planet.Continue reading “Santa Rosa Creek”

San Juan National Forest

October 2022 On Highway 160 between Cortez and Durango, the desert scrub gradually gives way to mountain greenery. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour, but when I was child, it seemed like it took forever. When I was sixteen and newly licensed, my dad and I made that drive with me at theContinue reading “San Juan National Forest”