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Friday, March 29, 2019

Found Some Ink For My Pen



"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."   Sydney J. Harris



Dateline Klondike: We are currently boondocked some 20 miles north of Moab in the vicinity of Klondike Hills, one of our favorite places to pedal (and/or push/carry) our mountain bikes. It is our final camp. Only a three hour drive partitions us from home in Lovely Ouray...which currently looks like this: 

Uh...no thanks
Much has transpired since my last post. I guess you could say I'm riding the "fence," the one that separates riveting content from repetitive rehash. Most of what's missing you've seen and heard before. How many ways can one say it? How many photographic examples does it take? Yeah I know, we've been over this...get outdoors and move. I need to take this blog another direction before I beat that "horse" to death...  

Regarding the "missing posts," all-in-all we hiked and biked and walked hundreds of miles...some of them new, some familiar favorites, all of them worthy...except post-holing through snow during gale force wind. What can I say, it's pretty much the same ole, same ole storyline. My dilemma is, is there a need for BCB same ole Bullshit? Can I tough it out till the Universe decides to crush us like the insignificant flees on a flee's back we are? And the world doesn't so much as pause? Nope. It just keeps on spinning. In perhaps the most banal, prosaic sentence of all time, Mel Brooks puts it like this: "As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes." 
So what if it's all a waste of time. 


Camp Klondike



Having been at Camp Klondike for a couple days of biking, Bobbie decided to take leave and head for Home Sweet Home. 










I'll hang here and alternate biking Klondike's trails and hiking amongst the mysterious and magical hoodoos, fins, and canyons in Arches—only a stone's throw cross-country from camp—till it gets too hot, too windy, or too lonely. My goal is to miss Mud Season in Lovely Ouray, which this year could last till mid-May or later, given the 150% of "normal" snowpack.  

So, except for a few "missing pages," another BCB winter sojourn draws to a close...not unlike our time on planet earth (sniff). Whenever I begin to feel dissatisfied with the news or the aches, pains, and/or effort requirements of Geezerhood, I try to remember how fortunate Bobbie and I are to have  stored up a lifetime's supply of yesteryears memories of outdoor endeavors. So long as I have a pulse, I'd like to continue to squeeze every last drop of sweat from this aging body and this precious life. I mean, what better motivation could one ask for than diminishing tomorrows

It's highly unlikely we get more than this one shot, so take advantage. If you have a pulse like I do, it's not too late to get going. There are no extended warranties on our bodies or Life itself. We only have today...the now, as the "self helpers" like to say, to go outside or do whatever it is that you do or want to do, and make the most of the time left. Where there's will, there's a way. 
Leave no regrets.  
Ok...the "horse" is now officially dead. 
Peace out. 


"Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, 
           which is always present."  T. S. Eliot


Snow capped La Sals from Camp Klondike

17 comments:

  1. Boy how time flies, Winter is losing it's grip on us and Spring is more than welcome here in Sonoma Co after the longest wettest season since 1960 in these parts. Oh we knew you were still out there having a great time in nature, no better place to be anytime of yea; just glad you survived another Winter in the Great Southwest Desert. It's going to be interesting to see if all that snow in the Rockies & San Juans will do anything to raise the level of Lake Mead & Lake & Lake Powell.....sure hope so.
    Im seeing an orthopedic surgeon who will hopefully tell me some good news about my lower back as I haven't been the happiest of campers for the last 3 weeks but I am improving every day....just hope I can continue being a gardner and a home owner and partner to my better half for at least 10 more yrs......that's all Im asking....oh and maybe a few more trips to OUray and the San Juans.
    Enjoyed every one of those lovely desert views, so pristine & peaceful.
    Stay thirsty my friend

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    1. Sorry to hear about you back issues, and I hope you can work through them. Maybe "Work" is the wrong word, but you know what I mean.
      thanks, mark and bj

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  2. Mark, For BCB, keep it coming and I will keep on reading and enjoying. See you in Ouray one of these summers in the near future. Will let you know.

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    1. If you come this summer, wait till mid July. So much snow this year.

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  3. I’m also finding some motivation in the idea of those diminishing tomorrows. It’s getting harder to overcome the increasing inertia though! No doubt life will supply some new material and insights for you and the BCB, and I hope to read about it. Chris

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    1. You need to get here. It's so fucking lovely!!!

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  4. I think, for your decision about BCB it's whether or not you are enjoying chronicling your adventures. I sure enjoy reading them, though I don't comment much. One of the pictures here really made me stop, it's so beautiful, it's the 6th one in this blog, the second one in the series of 5 you have posted together, with the lone bike and the wonderful landscape, the subtle colors. It's just striking. You are in a pretty fabulous place! Enjoy!

    I was out and about 3 weeks ago and fell on black ice. Damaged both my hands, but today they are better and I can take the splints off for a little bit. Life is good. Took another long walk yesterday and it was so good to be out under a blue sky. Peepers were going in the wetlands, a sure sign of spring. My first time hearing them this year. Made me smile. It's been a long winter here in Michigan.

    Hope you are enjoying your bike or hike today!

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    1. Michigan eh? You are one tough cookie, Dawn. Take care of those wrists and hopefully the days of black ice are numbered!

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  5. Spring in the eastern Utah desert is always a sublime source of memories. I hope to get back to Canyonlands in April, if a little luck takes me in that direction. Glad you're still sharing your words and photos.

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    1. And you fell in love with Nome...You and Dawn make me feel like a winter weenie, which I am. I do enjoy when "others" go to such places and do suicidal things and blog about it tho. :)

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  6. The ebb and flow in the bell curve of life make no sense to me but I sure am grateful when the flow is steady and the words come freely

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  7. Sometimes, just sometimes, inertia is a bit of a good thing. Not always of course, and I do want to keep moving as you say, move or die. But. Sometimes as I live in this 73 year old body, I discover that I can sit. Just sit. I never used to be able to do that. The dog hangs with Mo more than me because I am always jumping up. I am learning to sit quietly, and think about maybe nothing except the color of the sky or the brilliance of the sun. Not hiking biking running jumping or doing all those things I used to love. Maybe not as much as you do, but I still loved all that activity. Learning to slow down from necessity I guess, and discovering that it isn't the end of the world. Really.

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  8. Sounds like it has been a great winter for you both with all of your hiking and biking. As always, we enjoy seeing the pictures and stories you share. Am thinking it will be an interesting mud season and summer with all of your winter snow back in Ouray, which means more good stories and photos!

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  9. I wondered where you'd gone! I'm glad to see you back. I enjoy reading about all of your adventures. They inspire me and help me think of new areas to explore! I wondered something last year and then again this year, How does Bobbie get home? Do you have an extra vehicle with you? Just a logistical curiosity, partly triggered by the fact that the Runner always wants to go home before I do. Our desert time is about to start :)

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    1. Yes, she tags along in our Subaru...we don't tow. It's nice to a vehicle to run around in so we don't have to break camp every time we need or want to explore or grab some groceries. I bet you are looking forward to closing the door on winter. It pretty nice here near Moab lately. Maybe we'll cross paths some day :)

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  10. Wish we were there at Camp K - sniffles and sneezes just like two years ago. Maybe we'll drop in this summer. xo-scamp

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