An Adventure Called Life!

When I consider this adventure called life, I quickly come to the realization that it will be the longest, most beautiful and most challenging journey I will ever embark upon.  There will be open meadows, filled with wildflowers, laughter and love.  It is during those moments that I will dance in the sunlight and give thanks for life’s blessings.

There will also be rough terrain, showered with tears that, at times, appear impassable. Yet, these moments will teach me so many valuable lessons and allow my soul to grow and flourish.

Regardless of life’s trail, know you are never alone!  You might not know your direction, but you  can always choose who you have beside you.  Surround yourself with individuals that you can GROW with, for these beautiful souls will feed you and make you feel alive.

Reach out to those special souls that walk beside you at times, holding your hand and at other moments carry you, when you are unable to stand alone.  Take a moment to thank them for being such a beautiful part of your journey.  Celebrate this exploration of love and friendship, for it is a beautiful and unique gift.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You

Roda

The Alpine Tundra

For me, the most magical area, in the Rocky Mountains National Park, was the Alpine Tundra.  Although it was a bit of a hike, it was well worth the climb!

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Elevation 12,005 feet above sea level

“The alpine tundra is a land of contrast and incredible intensity, where the sky is the size of forever and the flowers the size of a millisecond.” ~Ann Zwinger, Land Above the Trees

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The tundra is a very special place.  Strained by bitter winds and cold, only the strong survive.  Even in the summer, the temperatures are very cool.  The trees that border the tundra grow only an inch in diameter every one hundred years.  Here, snow can fall any day of the year, with nighttime temps dipping below freezing.  Unfortunately, with these conditions, the growing season lasts only 6-8 weeks each year.

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Alpine Sunflower (Tetraneuris grandiflora)

During the winter, hurricane level winds, over 100 miles an hour move snow across the tundra.  Drifts up to 30 feet high form, providing a protective blanket of snow for plants and animals.  Learning about the winter in the tundra, made me rethink moving to the tundra!

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Climbing just a little higher in elevation, we came across an area with mushroom rocks.

DSC_0660 These fabulous rocks were created with a little fire and water.  Originally sand, silt and clay from the bottom of the ocean, these materials were met with hot magma from deep in the earth, thus leaving us with lighter colored granite.  The mushroom shapes were formed when the granite stems eroded more quickly than the caps.

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There was nothing more magical than playing above the clouds…

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While exploring these rock formations, we discovered this beautiful compass. We felt a bit like treasure hunters!

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Trail Ridge Mountain Index: 12,304 Feet Above Sea Level

I could have sat for hours, watching the clouds and the mountains play.  The high elevation forced us to move slowly, which was a beautiful gift.
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There was a peacefulness in the tundra unlike any other I have ever experienced when traveling.  I felt connected somehow to this “land above the trees”.  This photo describes my feelings exactly…

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Until we meet again…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Twisted Trunks

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

While hiking in the upper peninsula of Michigan, we came upon these gorgeous, twisted trees.  It was a fairy playground, for sure!

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“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”

~Rumi

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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