When I first moved to Denver from Manhattan, people invited me to hike with them. I didn’t see the point. I mean, in NY, we walk places because it’s the fastest way to get from here to there. But while we are walking, we can window shop. We can people watch. And we walked on cement sidewalks with no danger of turning an ankle by stepping on a stone or falling off a cliff. And, it is hard work! (OK, there WERE some dangers like getting hit by a cab going through a red light). ”Taking a hike” in NY was slang for “Getouttahere”.
While hiking isn’t my thing, I have found a new way of getting out in nature — scootering! And I love it. Almost every weekend, my husband and I take scooter trips all around the Denver area and today, we traveled 30 miles north east of our home and traveled the country roads under the planes landing at DIA. And there, we saw fields of sunflowers — one of my favorite flowers — facing toward the eastern sun.
We also saw fields of wheat, ready to be harvested.
What we didn’t see was our beautiful Rocky Mountains in the distance. The recent fires burning across the western states has generated a haze that has obliterated our scenery. It’s been going on for weeks and I can’t wait for the air to be clear again so we can see the snow-capped mountains in the distance.