To My Grandkids, This week was quite the adventure. Last friday, my best bud from back home flew in to get a taste of mountain life! We haven't seen each other in a year, and haven't been able to actually spend time together in over 2.. When we were in school, we would always make travel plans together, talk about places we wanted to visit, and daydream of hitting the road. Years later, we finally got to! As soon as she flew to Montana, we loaded up in the van and hit the road. Lauren had never been anywhere West, so we were booking it to the coast so dip our toes in the ocean. Immediately off the plane, we had a lot of road to cover. We drove through Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and some bonus states to wrap it up. In Oregon, we met up with E on the beach and the two got to meet each other- my people :) Between the beach campfire, the views, the in-van concerts, the make-do showers, frog choir, and running on the beach with our inner child- this week was full of amazing memories and love. Getting to see Lauren was such a blessing. We talked a couple times about how different things are. Our lives have taken completely different paths and yet when we meet up again it feels like no time has passed. We laugh, joke, and reminisce as if we hung out yesterday, leaving no time wasted. She truly is one of my soul sisters, always connected at heart no matter where we are or what we are doing. On a relating topic, TIME spent with people you love is the most valuable time spent. Whether they are old friends that grew apart, recent relationships you haven't kept up with, or family thousands of miles away- the time spent talking, laughing, loving, and sharing memories together is always the most valuable thing you could have, and often the easiest to take for granted. Make that call, send the text, or make the drive to close the distance. Whatever it is, spend time wisely, holding on to every second we can get with our loved ones. It only takes 2 seconds to go better or worse.
One of these days we'll meet and get the time. Love, Your traveling tree lover grandma :)
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 :)