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Mountains and Marriage

July 22, 2010

From one day to the next, Tim and I climbed both sides of the Big Lost River Valley.  We hiked up to 10,000 feet near Leatherman Peak in the Lost River Range on one day on our own two feet, scaling the rocky expanse of an old avalanche, where we could look out and see the snow-covered Sawtooth Range on the far distant horizon.  We ate our lunch of nuts and apples on the windswept edge of a giant mountain, hovered like mountain goats on a thin ledge of rock and shale.  Our little dog Zephyr begged water out of our bottles.  Picking our way down, each foot fall nestling until some solidity was attained, we wondered what the heck drives us to do these things. 

The next day, we rode the horses, giving our battered feet a break.  Heading up to the top of the world on the other side of the valley, this time in the White Knob Range.  Our goal – to scope out future snowboarding terrain for the winter.  There is a bowl back there that Tim is interested in.  We had been conditioning our trusty horses for this climb to 9200 feet and they did not disappoint us.  Once again the view was breathtaking, a sweep of clouds came in, dappling the expanse with shadow and light.  Once again we sat at the top of the world for our little lunch, my husband and myself, doing a thing that we both love together, no one else in the world around but just little old us. 

As we returned to our home, the miles getting longer in the saddle by the minute and finally getting down to some safe trotting terrain, we picked it up to a brisk trot.  I could feel Tim right behind me riding Jack so I glanced back.  He was moving out as if he was riding all his life.  It is wonderful, this marriage thing, growing closer, each giving to the other’s dreams, trying on each other’s hats and being older together, taking it slower when we need to but also keeping each other from migrating permanently to the couch.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Hollinshead permalink
    July 23, 2010 12:22 am

    OMG, I so remember and covet those views, that landscape. We lived in Park City, Utah, for 12 years, and loved exploring the west from there. We have hiked in southern Utah, parts of Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Wyoming. My tree-huger husband, Chuck, now has Alzheimer’s Disease, and seeing and feeling that landscape makes my heart melt. Thank you for renewing my dreams.
    Linda Hollinshead

  2. July 23, 2010 1:11 am

    Linda, Thanks for the lovely comment. Where do you live now? I wish for you all the best moments possible with your husband Chuck.

  3. Mary Chickey-Bird permalink
    July 24, 2010 7:46 pm

    Julie Rose, I am so enjoying keeping up with your adventures. So nice of you to share with us all that is happening. I miss you. When you do retire Jane and I will have to visit you both, we could bring you a case of Kombucha! Love…

    • July 25, 2010 12:35 am

      Hello Mrs Bird, Ah kombucha, how I miss it. Yes, visit you must and I will see all you lovely people soon. Thanks for writing.

  4. Amy Waynar permalink
    July 28, 2010 3:56 am

    mountains and marriage is well worth the time spent experiencing isn’t it as well as documenting it! You are a gem Jewell’s
    xoxo
    Amy

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