To My Grandkids,
So it's.... uh.. 2021..?
Not sure where the time went honestly, but I've got quite a gap of time to fill you in on eh? It's been 9 months.... 9 MONTHS since I last wrote to you, SURPRISE, I had a ba-.... No no no, don't worry that's not it.
In these past months, I've been up to a lot. Let's back up...
When I got home from my roadtrip, I joined the Montana Conservation Corps doing trail work around here for the rest of summer. I met some of the coolest people I've ever met in my life, and absolutely LOVED the job. After that, I continued to work at the nursing home getting to show love to some amazing elderly, they are so all sweet, and you know it's never a dull moment! I also started a new job at a ski resort where I helped run lifts- the most chill job i've ever had! (Every morning we got to be the first ones on the mountain, getting the lifts ready to run and having our coffee with the sunrise over the valley... Pretty much a dream) I tried snowboarding for the first time which was good.. and then it wasn't... and then it was eventually good again! I broke my collarbone in my first week learning, so that kinda put a block in my activities for a while.. But she never stops, so a month (ish) later I was back up and ready to go, getting back into my yoga practices and gaining strength back. The last week the mountain was open I got back on my board and rode away the season with some 'final hurrah laps', which I LOVED- I will definitely snowboard more next season when I can actually get into it. Although the pressure of working 2 jobs was pretty stressful, I'm glad I stuck it out for the season!
While working on the mountain, I made a lot of new friends, some in passing as they hop to other seasonal work, some only briefly crossing paths, and some that will be bonds for a lifetime- all very special connections. I actually met this pretty wild guy who is an adrenaline junkie, world traveller, videographer, and overall ray of friggin SUNSHINE. We went on a couple mini trips together seeking out some adventure, and well.. now those mini trips have turned into us planning a summer long road trip together- I couldn't be more excited :)
Right now we're doing some adjustments and building some stuff for the van that will make it easier to travel in. We ripped out the old carpet and put in hardwood, built some (minorly janky) drawers/shelving, and just making some final tweaks to get all our stuff organized. I've gotta say, the Ole Rosie Mobile is coming together nicely, and still running like a champ- she's just as ready to hit the road as we are..
Only a couple short weeks left until we drive into a new journey,
tires to the pavement, hand out the window with hair blowing in the wind,
slightly sunburnt skin and salt in the air.
I am ready, I am ready.
LIFE IS GOOD.
Lots of love always,
Your crazy hippie granny J :)