I'm leaving Austin next week with my son Ben for some much needed change of scenery. Caitlin tells me as soon as I get there I'm going to be itching to go hiking and I know she is right about that! It's been too long since I've connected to nature and I know once I see that gorgeous wilderness it's going to put a deep yearning in my core.
Lynn and her husband Tim moved to a different ranch which is more in the mountains. Caitlin saw large bear tracks and cougar tracks not far from the house they occupy now, so hopefully I will get to see one of these animals or both while I'm there. The chances are probably remote, but the elk are in the pastures now by the hundreds, so I imagine the mountain lions are not too far from their food source...I'll have to stay on the alert. The men that work the ranch do tree lions from time to time and photograph them. I can't even imagine what that must be like. I'll be keeping a very close eye on Ben that's for damn sure.
I can't wait to see my sister and her family...it's been such a long time. It will be great to see the kiddos! Their "aunty Ginny and "cousin Ben" will come bearing gifts of course. I also look forward to watching Ben interact with his cousins. I bet he has a wonderful time with them! I'll take tons of pictures and plenty of video too.
Wish me luck for the drive up there as I'm a little nervous about it. I wish I could fly, but that's not an option. In any case, I'm taking my car in tomorrow for maintenance and repairs so hopefully it will be very road worthy...plus I'll be stocking it well with emergency equipment. I'm not going to drive it all in one stretch either. It's about a 13 hour drive and I'll divide that up over two days. I'll need to be well rested and alert for driving in such mountainous terrain.
Well I guess that's about it for now...I can't wait to start posting pictures and stories of the trip so stay tuned...I love you all!