How to sum up Jason's and my epic #roadtrip, now that we're home and (mostly) unpacked?
How to tamp down our lively, unruly collection of stories, sights, new in-jokes, and gasps of awe into one tidy telling?
Countless hours curled in our new-to-us Subaru, windows rolled down, highway 212 unfurling endlessly into Montana earth and sky. Singing at the top of our lungs (badly, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not so much) to mix CDs I made when I was fifteen. Sipping as many cans of Peace Tea as we could find, or sweetened-just-right coffee, or water bottles fished from the bottom of our sloshing cooler. Playing zitchdog with our ubiquitous Subaru buddies on the road.
Traveling by prairie and mountain, river and hay bale. Counting crows. Discovering Bozeman, Montana, a surprising and friendly city filled with accepting and quirky people (beards aplenty, bicycles even more). Poking through thrift and who-knows-what stores (including one with full-face unicorn masks). Stumbling across a street fair on historic Main Street, where the Young Dubliners played for a cheering crowd, and I received my first henna tattoo. Walking "home" to our hotel afterward, winding through well-leafed streets in setting summer sun.
And Yellowstone. Oh. Yellowstone. Ohhh. The "grand canyon," with stunning 308-foot waterfall, viewed from a perch above an osprey nest. More cultures and languages than we could recognize. Elk wandering lazily by buildings and roadways. The earth, shockingly real before us, bubbling mud and spewing boiling water. Feeling smaller than ever and yet boundless.
And through it all, my best friend and me: my beloved of twelve years. Laughing. Adventuring. Together.
And all I can say is this: oh, thank you, Life. Thank you.
How was your week, friend? What surprised or delighted you?
I hope your travels (whether near or far) took you right to the heart of joy.
|"may this be my mission: to live in freedom, to float on sacred air, to be Love in motion . . ."|
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