|Marianna M. Duford
...an artist with wanderlust
ADOPTED by ELEANOR BOOGIE JACOBS GILESPIE
I have had the most wanderful day, yes I spelled it wanderful. We explored the Colorado National Monument Rim Rock Road and took in all the magnificent sights. The amazing freestanding rock formations that the park is famous for are truly natural marvels. We took a side road that heads towards Rattlesnake Canyon that is in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, definitely a 4 wheel gully washer kind of road! We came upon this lovely hidden arroyo that was overlooked by rocky cliffs. This was the place. Quiet and off the beaten path I spend a few quality hours enjoying the sun's warmth painting my little heart out while Bill and our dog, Jessie, hiked. I turned 61 today and was feeling a tad out of sorts as I figure that I'm heading towards the magical age that when you kick the bucket people will say she had a good long life. Well...I found out this morning that I only have a year to go and then I can get a lifetime pass for this and other beautiful areas for only 10 dollarinis! So, 62 here I come and I'm looking forward to it! Ciao...time to head back to the land of snow and dead things to await the arrival of spring.