The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Up, then Rocks, then Up

14ers, colorado hiking

I’ve been remiss. I noticed that in the last few weeks, I’ve been looking less at strangers and more to loved ones and old friends. This is important, of course, but not always fitting for this blog theme.

I’m writing a novel (glory), but also trying to spend time with family and friends before I set out on a new adventure. So here are a few pictures from yesterday on a 7-hour hike in Colorado with my brother. He’s my best friend and there was a lot of talk about life, belief, family, purpose, politics, wildlife, exhaustion, and carbohydrates. I’m so grateful for him that I could cry.
So enjoy the sights, and I’ll keep hunting for tales over the weekend.
Thank you for being here.

En route

En route

Near Holy Cross summit, Colorado

Near Holy Cross summit, Colorado

16 comments on “Up, then Rocks, then Up

  1. hughcurtler
    July 11, 2014

    Beautiful country! We all need time to wind down! Take care.

    • Thank you, Hugh. I agree. I need a sort of re-set so I can work on the book and still find the lovely ideas that keep the blog (and yours truly!) full of life. 🙂 Here’s hoping it can happen in a weekend!

  2. Anna
    July 11, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! 🙂

  3. kiwiskan
    July 11, 2014

    lovely shots

  4. emmiclarke
    July 11, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! What a gorgeous hike.

  5. Darlene
    July 11, 2014

    Family time is important. It’s great to have a wonderful brother. I am blessed with one as well. Good luck with the novel.

    • Hi Darlene,
      Yes, I feel so grateful for our friendship. He’s definitely a blessing–even when he messes up the kitchen. 🙂
      Thanks for the good luck! Some days I really feel I’ll need it!

  6. M-R
    July 11, 2014

    What an uplifting place in which to exchange life thoughts with one’s best friend, Paige ! And how lucky that he’s your brother, so that you’ve known each other all your lives. 🙂

    • M-R,
      I went into it truly not knowing what to expect, but now I’m so glad that I went. Of course, my calf muscles are still in revolt, two days later, but still! 🙂

  7. ChristineR
    July 12, 2014

    The photos an only hint of the grandeur you experienced. Such a wonderful place to spend seven hours in. Envious.

  8. PiedType
    July 13, 2014

    I’ve had some wonderful, deep conversations with my brother during mountain hikes in northern Colorado. And some hikes with him in complete silence. The mountains do that to people.

    • We had waves of both. The silence often coincided with the uphill slopes…if we weren’t laughing at them, that is. 🙂 As a proud Native of NoCo, I’m glad you found some repose and bonding up there.

  9. Jeff Walker
    July 15, 2014

    Last week we were on vacation in the Wisconsin Dells area and found myself having a “Paige” moment. I almost never eat at McDonald’s or especially inside, but on this morning in a smaller town found myself doing just that when I was able to listen in on a conversation between three elderly gentlemen and the two women with them. A few of them spoke with a heavier accent that sounded Slavic. I made a note to myself about their conversation, took a quick (blurry) photo of them sitting at their table talking and thought of you and this blog. Hopefully I can write it down some day soon.

  10. Cindi
    October 19, 2014

    Oh how beautiful! My daughter moved to Colorado Springs earlier this year; I can’t wait to visit her and see her mountains! Thank you for the sneak-peak. 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      October 20, 2014

      I think you’ll love it. I was often distracted by that amazing line of mountains peers over my shoulder while in traffic. 🙂 It’s lovely!

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