Jack: I was thinking about going to Como tomorrow.
Me: That’s funny. I was too!
It seems that we’ve been thinking alike quite a bit lately.
Jack: So, we’ll go whenever we get up?
Me: I was thinking that we should go to Bailey for lunch after Como. What do you think?
Jack: I was thinking Buena Vista and the hot springs maybe.
Me: If we’re going to go to Buena Vista, what about heading up to Leadville for an overnight, then back to Buena Vista tomorrow for hot springs and groceries before coming home?
Jack: That might be good!
Me: Let’s just take what we need and we can decide which direction to go after Como.
Jack and I are both willing to take off and go somewhere on the spur of the moment and we’re both flexible enough that we don’t have to have “exact plans”, so this was a perfect idea for us.
I grabbed our “hot springs” bag. It’s always packed with our swimsuits, towels, and flip-flops and is ready to go at a moments notice. I also grabbed a pair of socks, underwear, pajamas, and a “shaving kit” that has our essentials for going out-of-town for each of us, and tossed them into an overnight bag along with enough food for Sami. We grabbed our cameras and some snacks for the car and were off.
We stopped at a little restaurant in Hartsel for breakfast. After that, we continued up to Como. It’s a pretty drive and there’s practically no traffic, so it’s always enjoyable.
The main attraction for us in Como is the Mountain Man Gallery and our friend Ricki, who owns it. The Mountain Man Gallery is also the town’s post office, so people come and go and stop to chat with us when we’re there and Ricki always has stories for us about the area and what’s going on. Unfortunately, Ricki wasn’t there, but the person running the gallery is someone we’re familiar with, so we still had a good conversation.
Here’s what’s happening… Ricki’s husband died last summer. He had been ill for quite some time and finally succumbed to his illness. Ricki had been taking care of him the whole time and it really wiped her out. We have seen her a couple of times since then and we knew that something seemed a bit “off”, but thought it was all of the stress Ricki had from her husband’s illness and death and everything that she was dealing with afterwards. The reality of the situation is that since her husband’s death, Ricki has had some health issues and the doctors are trying to figure out exactly what is wrong. They think she may have had a TIA and her speech has been affected as well as a few other problems.
We decided to come home after Como since a storm was moving in from the west and we didn’t want to get caught in it. That’s the beauty of being flexible! We still got out of the house, had a nice drive, enjoyed seeing the snow-covered mountains, and found out about our friend, Ricki.
The moral of this “story” is this… Take time to do fun things. Learn to “go with the flow”. Don’t let little things or changes in plans upset you. Enjoy nature. Spend time with the people in your life who you love. Even if you don’t live near, you can still keep in touch often by phone, text, letters, and e-mails. Be thankful for everything you have and everyone who is in your life. You never know what life is going to hand you or how much “good” time you have. Choose to be happy. Above all, celebrate life every day!