Down by the River

Living amidst the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of the mountains and a large, deep glacial lake, it's easy to overlook the timid serenity of a warm, shallow river. In the evening, when no one's around except for the occasional mallard, it is the river with its seemingly ancient weeping willows that offers true solitude. Whereas the hypnotic waves of an ocean-like lake push one closer to the sense of eternity, it is that same river that gently brings one back to the beauty of the everyday.

Solstice Season

It's Solstice season in the Rocky Mountains. These shortest days of the year, the sun sets around 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and after that...Well, occasionally, you hear the howling of the local wolf packs, which makes that hot chocolate waiting for you at home all the more desirable. But, at the same time, this is that same season when the orange sunsets look all the more unreal against the moody-blue clouds, as you hike down, past the screeching ski lift, until the glistening lake becomes visible.