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Changing times, life in America goes on

July 7, 2008

I’ve been busy as of late. I’m going to be moving to Wyoming in about a month or so. My girlfriend is leaving this coming Friday. It is amazing how much clutter you can gather in the space of a few years. Still, some things have lasted over time.

The only picture that I have of my daughter Brianna that died while in my arms. The old Ruger revolver in a caliber that almost everyone loves, but that is going by the wayside. The Remington rifle that I scrimped by on other things for years to purchase. The Orvis Fly rod that took forever to finally get. My camo for bow hunting, even though the nerve damage in my arm will probably prevent me from ever going afield with a stick and string again. A DD 215 modified to reflect a few things that just plain were missed when the original was filled out. My old certificate for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Gold Paramedic shoulder patch. A copy of the cover of Field and Stream magazine that had an Elk that I took.

It has been a long time this stint here in Colorado. I love this place, for all it’s faults. I moved here thirty years ago to get away from all the crowding in San Diego, and Oceanside. The constant rushing just to survive. Now, the Colorado Front Range looks like the strip between San Ysidro and Oceanside and the people are acting exactly the same.It is probably a good thing that I am leaving this place that I love. For it has changed, and not for the good. We no longer have a Denver or Front Range area. Just listen to the preening people on the television or radio. Now it’s “The Metro.”

I may have time for one last trip into the Indian Peaks Wilderness where I know of three small pools where my fellow transplants, the Golden Trout still survive. They are wary, and difficult to catch, but well worth the effort. They are elusive, wild, and free, like men should be. I have always returned them to the water, and I hope that any others that witness their beauty will do the same.I will visit the place where I spread my daughters ashes near the Moffat Tunnel, and say a prayer, it might be the last time that I can get there.

Sua Sponte Colorado! Because I chose too!


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