This Colorado week we've seen marmots and montane, elk and aerial tramways, arctic tundra and dark-eyed juncos, bighorn sheep and rushing rivers, chipmunks and waterfalls, ground squirrels, gorgeous flowers, beetle-ruined pine trees and a curious zebra-like butterfly called Weidemeyer's admiral.
We've hiked for miles, and seen and been conquered by all we've seen. I've discovered, as well, the curious nostalgia of a cell phone that is "in range" only a fraction of the time, and internet connections that can make molasses seem quick.
The very best thing my wife and I have done or seen thus far during this trip is to share a delightful picnic with vuzh and his charming wife, talking about the all and sundry that Lewis Carroll might call candlewax and kings, and dining on home-made sushi and cheese by a picturesque mountain lake,with bats flying overhead, as dusk melted into darkness. We had a grand time, for which I am glad.
This vacation has involved a bit of work-on-the-road, and will involve more work. It's good sometimes to remember that there is more to life than work, or even scenery.