Thanksgiving in the Mountains

Thursday, November 28, 2013

After months of planning for a Thanksgiving week that provided a traditional turkey dinner to over 3,000 food insecure people I shut down my computer, turned off the cell phone, walked out of my office, packed up my truck and headed north for a Thanksgiving weekend in the mountains. We’ll have a wonderful dinner at a local lodge and with the winter storms we’ve had lately there maybe plenty of snow for dog sledding, snow mobiling and sleigh rides (here’s hoping). We’ll walk in the crisp evening air, breathing in deeply the scent of pine and wood stoves burning. We’ll wander the village gazing at holiday decorations, talking to shop owners, ducking into small cafes or coffee houses to warm ourselves by the fire with a cup of tea or mug of hot chocolate. At night we’ll sit by the fire and read, play games or just revel in each others company, miles from the demands of the modern world; a world away from the noise, traffic and chaos.

It’s great to be surrounded by family and friends in large boisterous gatherings, but I have to admit our decision to celebrate the holiday away – just Brianne and I, has been a good one. And, we are not really alone. The cafes are full of people escaping to the hills just like us, wanting to spend the day and weekend in the beauty of nature rather than the commercialism that normally surrounds us. I have to say honestly, I don’t miss the commotion, or the endless conversations justifying my life and lifestyle. Momentary twinges of guilt shoot through me, but I don’t care. Life is about living and that’s what we are doing…living life our way. Breakfast is ready, so I’ve gotta fly. But I wanted to check in and wish you all a

Happy Thanksgiving!

From Suburban

One Response to “Thanksgiving in the Mountains”

  1. Cynthia in Denver says:

    HERE HERE!!!

    Being alone does not mean lonely.
    Why try and connect with a group of people who don’t support you and are only absorbed in the iphones and football?

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