‘I’m moving home!’
Those simple, yet meaningful words were music to our ears!
Though a bit surprised by the news, we couldn’t curb our enthusiasm, nor wait to make plans for a visit, beers and catch-up time with our goofy friend again.
Marcus and Alicia rolled into Golden late one afternoon this spring. We chatted and ate, and chatted some more. We toured each brewery, went on a beautiful hike and mountain bike ride through Staunton State Park, devoured delicious BBQ grub and reminisced about our college days. We updated each other on the last six years, dreamt up new adventures and business plans, and chatted some more. We enjoyed every bit of it and are so thankful that Marcus is more than just a phone call away. And, no more calling cards or long distance transactions. Our great friend with the best bear hugs is home.
Our sweet visit with these two didn’t end in Colorado. We met again in Joseph, Oregon, for go-kart racing, a dip in Wallowa Lake, and a pleasant brewery tour of the area.
Albeit a quick one, our trip to Oregon was wonderful. We soaked it all up. Every last drop.
Guess what? There are people that you can spend every single second of seven days with, waking up to and sleeping beside, in a small bedroom apartment with one bathroom, or living in a vintage Volkswagen Bus together for five months, and certainly on a 15 hour car ride to Oregon, and you won’t kill each other at the end of it all. In fact, you will feel a little teary eyed when one of you is gone for more than a day. I find this to be hugely life affirming.
15 hours of driving had us celebrating a cool evening breeze and frosty beverages in Nighthawk with MK and PS in no time.
Our last visit to the Halfway area was nearly two summers ago. We were certainly overdue for a visit. Family, the mountains and simple living made us feel comfortable, calm and right at home. It is truly incredible what nature and family can do for the soul.
We’ve been craving a vacation and up until our Oregon adventure, we haven’t had a full week of vacation in months. It was amazing. We ate enough food and sampled enough treats for a month. We walked, hiked and climbed. A surprise huckleberry patch made for a good mid-afternoon snack, local eats and treats were a must, bird watching and swimming kept our minds and bodies alert.
Getaways like this one make it a bit difficult to go back to work and resume regular living. I miss these parts and our people; friends and family alike. I’m convinced we were meant to live a life full of leisure and adventure together. We needed this little trip. It was perfect and a beautiful start to our summer; absolutely blissful.
These week-long vacations are few and far between, so it’s only fair that we did it up right.