My friend recommended a trip to Telluride in Colorado. I missed green and moisture—trees, lakes and creeks. Finally, I could go on 11th in August. It was really awesome to drive with music even though I was by myself. I released all my stress and felt free. The road passed through an open landscape. It was SO BEAUTIFUL.
When I was near Telluride, driving along the creek with green foliage all around. It looked like my hometown. I saw a spectacular sunset as I passed the top of a slope. I arrived in Telluride at 8 p.m. It took about 7 hours. The Victorian Inn where I rested sat in the middle of Telluride—they are very kind and clean, but the parking lot was a little small. I fell asleep very quickly.
Next day in the morning I had a light breakfast, which the hotel offered. The village was small; after a short walk I reached a gondola at the edge of the village and took it top of the nearby mountain. I shared the gondola with a guy. He was visiting Telluride for mountain biking. The gondola stopped three times where you could get off. I got off at the first stop. I wanted to walk among the beautiful sunshine and green. I asked a woman about a hiking trail. She suggested one and then I went that way, but it was very steep for me. Should I go down? I wondered. While I was agonizing, I met a couple with a white dog. I decided to go with them. I followed the dog—smart and kind. My legs became stiff and I felt out of breath. It was very very hard to go up. Eventually, I reached my destination. Without that couple and their dog I couldn’t have made it. I was so happy and light. The scenery was so magnificent that I really wanted to look at it for a long time. I stayed almost 30 minutes to look down and far and meditate. I felt I had stepped out of my box. I couldn’t think too much, forgetting myself.
While going down, rain drops started. After lunch, I had a nap for 3 hours. Traveling by myself, I couldn’t enjoy talking to people, but could make my own schedule. I woke up and shopping for my friends and me. It was just a short trip so I didn’t have to buy gifts, but I wanted to remember this trip. I fully recharged my energy and was very connected to nature.
On the third day, I left Telluride and stopped by Monument Valley. Before I had visited there twice at sunrise with friends. This time, it was afternoon and raining. I lined up to park for a very long time. The entrance fee was $20 for 4 people—even though I was 1 person—maybe because of parking. I loved Monument Valley. Whenever I visit there, I feel like I am living on planet earth. I hope you can visit Monument Valley and Telluride.