8:27 am - Tuesday - Septmember 26th - 41º F, humidity 81%, wind 1 mph out of the southwest.......cloudy from horizon to horizon.....forecast high for this day is 52º F in Gardiner, MT, and in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY 51º F......no rain in this forecast.
Slept in Monday until almost 8 am.....I love slowly waking up as it gets lighter and lighter inside the Newell.....no sudden jolt of adrenaline caused by the sudden clanging of an alarm clock....it seems so much more natural to awake with this feeling of contentment which comes from a good night's sleep. As I slowly reach a conscious state I reach across the bed to touch TLE, and the contentment I feels grows stronger. We have a good life......a life being lived on our terms. As each year of our nomadic existence passes slowly into the rear view mirror of life we find we are living more simply, and in doing so are learning to appreciate the small things in life that bring true contentment.
There are no police, fire, or ambulance sirens waking us up night after night as was so often the case when we lived in our 'sticks and bricks' abode......in fact I do not believe I have heard a siren in the past 3+ months we have been living in Gardiner, MT. There is no continuous hum of traffic in the background anymore.....just the occasional semi slipping into town riding its 'Jake' brake as it slowly decelerates to the local speed limit. Sometimes it is so still and quiet my ears begin to 'ring' a little. There is little ambient light at night enabling us to see the Milky Way and the trillions of stars that fill the night sky. We see antelope, elk, rabbits, and deer on a daily basis in our campground and on our way to and from work each day. We go to sleep at night to the sounds of the Yellowstone River as it makes its way slowly to ever lower elevations......I feel the breath of the night breezes on my cheek as I drift off to yet another peaceful night of sleep. Yes, it is a good life......a life filled with like minded folks at each stop along the way. Some become very good friends......some touch your soul in a profound way.....some teach you to look at the world in a new light. All of those with whom I have worked this summer are now apart of the fabric which makes me who I am.....I am not the same person who arrived here on June 15th......I am all the richer for this experience.
Will we return to work in Yellowstone again? I can't say right now.......there are new horizons still unexplored in this country that require our attention. Will we return to Yellowstone again as visitors? Absolutely.....there are still 900 miles of hiking trails which beckon us.....how can their call be ignored for long?
Within a very few days now we will be changing our view again........we will attend the wedding of our youngest, Tim, to his wonderful, beautiful, intelligent Laila. The cycle of life continues unabated......weddings, new grand babies, birthdays, anniversaries, new vistas, new experiences. Yes, it is a good life......it is our life.
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