Home at Last

It has been a long time since I last wrote on this blog, since before I left Alaska last September. There is a reason, or rather, more than one.

Those who know me know I am not a city girl. I have often joked, you know you are a mountain/country girl when you live in the city and think there is nothing to do. True fact. I spent the winter season in Chicago recuperating from the toll my Alaska job had on my health. I was sick almost after every meal and it was only a month or so ago that I discovered gluten was the culprit. Fortunately, I tested negative for Celiac’s, but I get sick from gluten nonetheless. I have spent the last month trying to navigate a gluten-free diet and it has been mostly successful. The hardest aspect has been restaurants, but it has not been too bad.

Furthermore, I just don’t find the flat lands particularly interesting – not to take photos of or write about. That’s not to say I was miserable while in Chicago, I wasn’t. I was able to spend quality time with my parents, visit my family property near Galena, Illinois, and raise and train my Bernese Mountain Dog pup. Yes, I got a dog and he has had a tremendously positive impact on my health and life. He came with me to Colorado.

River on the Lower Loop

This past week, I started a new job at a new adventure lodge called Eleven Experience, this time in Crested Butte, Colorado. I seem to work with a great crew and it looks like it is going to be a fun, busy summer.

One thing I envisioned about moving back to Crested Butte is hiking with River, my dog. There is just so much to explore and I want to see and experience as much as possible. The one good thing about a low snow year is that more trails are open early. I bought a book about the local hikes and I intend to hit as many of them as I can before the season ends. That is my goal. In so doing, I want to become more in shape, improve my upper body strength, and nourish my soul. I also want to camp more. I bought a tent and am stocking up on supplies.

One of my new co-workers asked me what my “church” was and the answer was pretty simple: being outside. Whether I am skiing, hiking, biking, camping, or just pointing my face toward the sun and feeling the wind in my hair, I love the outdoors. That is why I decided to move (back) to Colorado instead of pursuing the career for which I got my degrees. There is no question I love what I studied, but as I illustrated earlier, I am no city girl. I am not cutthroat. I enjoy a different pace. I am finally back in Colorado and that means I am finally, truly home.

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