From the Oklahoma plains, I came to the hustle and bustle of Denver; then three years ago my husband and I moved to the world of full-time mountain living…Grand Lake living to be more specific. Grand Lake (mountain) living brings many changes to one’s life style: The number of grocery store trips in a week, the opportunity for corporate coffee on every corner and utility of clothing greater than matching shoes and scarves.
The bows, buckles and six inch heels that once adorned my feet quickly turned to a two-foot metal webbed contraption, with large claws on the bottoms and unfashionable straps that ratcheted around my foot so as not to escape. Snowshoes would become a secondary mode of winter transportation and the ultimate source of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.
However, my fashion challenged feet were not my only problem; my lungs and out of shape muscles lagged far behind my desire to make this mountain experience complete. Needless to say, the transformation from city life to mountain heights did not happen overnight. In fact, friends and family worried about my change of scenery, and a common question became, “Are you coping OK?” The first year, I answered “I’m doing fine and adjusting.” The second year, “I’m enjoying this place.” Third year, I answered with a confident “I have finally found peace and a place of soulful living.” I can utter these words because I can now focus on the beauty of blue skies and wide open spaces opposed to wondering when the next breath of oxygen may fill my lungs again. I enjoy the sun on my face, the sparkles on the snow and the quiet of a winters day snowshoeing in RMNP. This is a magical place.
The snow season is coming to an end and I’m looking forward to morning hikes in the park and kayaking on Grand Lake this spring and summer. There’s always a journey here in Grand Lake and I plan to discover as many as I can. Please follow me at www.themountaingal.com or find me on Facebook: The Mountain Gal-Jennifer Brown for more mountain life adventures.
Brown, J. (2016,April 1,). A Reality of Mountain Life. The Boardwalk, pp. 10.