Photographer's Note

I just realized that I actually never showed you how I lived for almost two weeks when we were house-sitting in Colorado last year. It is not THIS house of course :))) but it belonged to our neighbourhood which more or less meant that we had almost no neighbours at all. In the beginning this was a little strange for me and now that I think back I have a huge smile on my face how much the silence scared me, sleeping with the doors not carefully locked-up and last but not least wild animals. Yes I am through and through a city woman but by the time our vacation ended all I knew was that I wanted to return one day and if the luck is on our side, we will enjoy THIS view in late May … the flights are booked!

Maybe two months before we flew to Salt Lake City last year, the couple that runs the flight school in Grand Junction (we rent their Cessnas) wrote us that they would fly in Alaska with a group of other pilots during our stay and if we wanted to sleep in their house while they were on this business trip. The only thing was that we had to take care of a pussy cat and that they had 11 acres of land with a baby hawk we could watch with the scope. I was thinking of the noisy tent ground we were the year before and I mean who would say no to such a generous offer?

If you want to reach their home you have to drive through Colorado National Monument and you would not need a day pass to drive through but as we support the idea of National Parks we bought tickets for the whole stay so on our way home we usually stopped at one of the view points like any “other” tourist.

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1376 W: 3 N: 1963] (8829)
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