I commented that I planned on being in Colorado Springs in July too. In fact, I was there right then. In my house.
A series of e-mail exchanges followed as her family's plans changed, got finalized, changed, finalized... Naturally, I was hoping that in there somehow, she and I could arrange for a meetup of sorts.
At one point, she'd asked me about destinations that were favorites among the locals, moreso than the touristy things. One place that is a happy hangout for many local hikers, bikers, and rock climbers is Red Rock Canyon Open Space. In fact, for all zero AbbyNormal trivia buffs, the current header photo of the blog - enigmatically titled "Meego's Feet and Some Ducks" - was taken at RRCOS.
|The backs of some people in a rock quarry|
Eventually, we made plans to get together for a hike there. I knew that Magnum and Meego would happily join. I left it participation-optional for Wolfgang and Chaco and was happy to hear the pitter patter of big feet at a relatively early time for them on a Saturday morning.
Just as we pulled into the parking lot, SR texted that they were there and described her vehicle. I went in search and soon found a familiar looking person appearing as though she were looking for someone looking for her. YAY!
We gathered the various family members around, made some quick introductions, and then our party of 9 hit the trail.
How nice to meet her husband and two youngest kids! Her son, much like our kids, is like iron to magnets when it comes to rock formations. They HAVE to scramble upon them. Daughter was not immune to the more adventurous routes either. Not surprising, they're great kids, both striking me as nicely mature for their ages.
|Adding to the nature defacement|
As we progressed through the area, and the kids roamed around, we grownups were able to visit a bit between shouts of, "GET DOWN FROM THERE", "DON'T GO THAT WAY", "THAT'S TOO HIGH", and "DON'T BREAK ANYTHING, I CAN'T CARRY YOU BACK TO THE VAN"
After about two and a half short hours we were back to the parking lot, enjoying cool refreshments provided by the ShadowRun's. Beverages in an ice-packed cooler, what a concept! As we continued to visit, we took in our results: a few visible scrapes, some possibly mud-ruined clothing and shoes, embedded cactus spines, and no broken bones. All under a full layer of a sweat-sunscreen-dirt combo. Success!
I was flattered when SR's son presented a binder that held some pencil portraits he'd drawn and wanted to show me. They were very good! They were all of girls he knows - heh - drawn from various angles and expressions. Once again, I had to remind myself that he's only 15.
|My first blog friend meetup!|
SR and I chatted a bit about our other mutual blogger friends, and how fun it would be to get a larger group together.
HINT HINT. Anyone?