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Subtitle: ‘Life Lately, According to my iPhone’

Because I live in Colorado, country music is a fact of life. It’s certainly not my favorite genre, but I don’t hate some of it as much as I used to. As a result, the first thing I think of when I hear the word Telluride is the Tim McGraw song. I went to the lovely town of Telluride this past week (arriving home late last night). It’s a beautiful place, but very isolated. There is no easy way to get there, but it is worth it. I’ve been making an effort to visit more of my home state recently. Sometimes I forget what a beautiful place it is (usually after a month of 100+ degree temperatures, horrendous air quality, and weeks without clouds or rain).

1. This was somewhere along the 7.5 hour drive (after Gunnison, before Montrose).
2. I missed the Bluegrass festival, but a wine festival is better, right? The film festival is next month.
3. The San Juan Mountains are even prettier in person.
4. I’ve mentioned my love for water a few times and I found the best swimming spot on the Dolores River. It was also a great fishing spot. I saw one too many fish for absolute aquatic comfort.
5. The whole point of vacation.
6. The view from the top of the ski slope. I cheated and took the gondola.
7. I still went hiking. My brother and I had this wonderful idea to hike to this interesting rock outcrop in the middle of nowhere, on top of a mountain, without a trail. It went brilliantly. (I am, at least, still alive). You can sort of see past him and how tiny the trees look.
8. The sky really is bluer in Colorado. Really.
9. Mesa Verde is close to Telluride. It reminded me why I have that (now essentially useless) degree in archaeology. It was amazing.

Other things of note:

I went to a book store, Between the Covers, which reminded me of Heather of Between the Covers book blog. This made me realize how mentally pervasive blogging can really be.

I have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. Do I use it? Yes. Do I think it presents a false reality? Yes. I read this article recently that suggested everyone wants fame and that Instagram is a by-product of that. Also, that by showing and sharing our lives, we are missing out on them. I don’t like Facebook, but I don’t mind Instagram or Twitter (though I’m not a frequent enough user of any to really judge its impact).

I read two books: The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Engagements. Both  are good.

Telluride was my last vacation of the year (on the off chance you’re dying to see my other travels, go here, here, and here). The only other events I have to look forward to this summer are an Arlo Guthrie concert and a Wilco/Bob Dylan concert.

Any summer vacations planned? Events? Concerts? Other fabulous things that will cause me to live vicariously through you while unfavorably comparing my life to yours?

Okay, that last bit’s not true. Unless you agree with that article.

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  • Lori

    Just beautiful!! I love the meadow and the swimming hole. Of course the reading always looks good. I visited Aurora, Colorado once when my aunt lived there briefly. I took the train by myself when I was 18. I felt like such the adventurer! It was February so all I saw was snow but the landscapes were gorgeous.

    We are leaving in a few days for a family vacation to Clear Lake, California where my husband vacationed with his family as a child. A reunion of sorts as his aunt, uncles, cousins will be there too. Hoping for lots of reading and relaxation. Don’t know if it’s worth comparing but it’s a week away from work and it should be a nice, easy breezy time.

    • Rory

      Aurora, Colorado. Not my favorite, but not bad. I live about 30 miles due west of there.

      A week away from work is always worthwhile. I’m quite thrilled Thursday is a holiday, even if it means only one day off. Have a lovely vacation. I sometimes find family vacations to be equal parts stress and relaxation. But if he has one of those wondrous families that never fights, it should be great! If not…bring wine (I think you said he’s Greek – so if his family is anything like mine, maybe Ouzo).

  • Amy

    Great photos. I’ve been to Colorado several times and loved it more each visit. We’re hoping to make another ski trip one of these years. We seem to be really bad at planning vacations this year. However, I’m really looking forward to our week at the lake in August. Counting the days…

    I don’t use Instagram, I’m not on Facebook, and I’m pretty spotty with Twitter too. I do think we live a little better when we stop looking at screens though. Not to say I don’t fall into the must share everything trap sometimes but I like putting my phone down and walking away. Just my two cents. 🙂

    • Rory

      Thanks. I think life is happier without comparison, which is something I think Facebook, Twitter, etc. instigates. I have internet free day periodically as well. I think there is a fine line between normal and too much. I hope I don’t cross it, but you never know (i.e. I hate when people Instagram their food, but I do it periodically too if the food was particularly memorable – like the best pollo verde taco I’ve had in my life, or the best harvati on sourdough I’ll likely ever eat). So, the usual: try to have balance and try not to be too obnoxious.

      Of course life looks shiny and pretty and fun in photos – it’s rare that people take pictures of a memory they’d rather forget. I’m guilty of it. I’m also guilty of only presenting a very selective portion of life. No one wants to know that much about me. 😉

      Where do you usually ski? Enjoy your lake vacation (one of the downfalls of Colorado, places to swim are rare here)!

      • Amy

        I love my internet free days. I don’t need to document everything and no one wants, or needs, to know that much about me either.

        We’ve been Breckinridge and loved it. I’d like to go back in the summer. I loved Colorado Springs and Denver never fails to amuse. We’re on the east coast so skiing is usually limited to PA now when we head back home to visit family at the holidays.

  • Angie

    I didn’t realize you live in Colorado.. and a fellow King fan? Me too! Fun! I haven’t been to Telluride yet but plan on it.

    • Rory

      The drive is awful! Then again, I hate driving, so I suspect that has a lot to do with my opinion. I went to Aspen this February and the Stanley Hotel (because The Shining, scoped out Room 217, my key card mysteriously disappeared…sign of haunting, no?) in January. I’m not sure where I’m going to try and go next…

      And yes, I’m in Colorado too (Denver West, specifically). I moved out here for school and stayed. I fantasize about moving every time the temperature is over 100F.

      • Angie

        We stayed at the Stanley too a for our 10th anniversary. I had sooo much fun. Though I recently found out that the room numbers are now different from the King stayed there). I am out in Colorado Springs I love it here too. I grew up here and then left (my dad was military) and then ended up back here because of work.

        • Rory

          Ah! I didn’t know that, but it makes some sense since they did a renovation. I was born and raised mostly in the Boston area, so the hot and dry weather is an adjustment. I haven’t spent much time in the Colorado Springs area, but it’s pretty. I was also strangely fascinated by Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman when I was younger and fantasized about living in Colorado Springs. I was in Boulder before Denver. I liked it there, but it was SO expensive.

  • Heather

    So nice to hear that the bookstore made you think of me. 🙂

    Your photos are wonderful, as usual.

    I don’t let any of the social networking stuff run my life. I like Instagram, but not enough to post pictures of everything I’m doing. I don’t even do that on Twitter or FB. It’s got to be something pretty cool, or I have to want to share something special with others to post there. If you look at my IG, it’s mostly bookish stuff. Hahaha!

    • Rory

      Peace, Love, Books was the store’s tagline. It was a cute bookshop.

      And thank you. I actively hate FB and don’t post too frequently to Instagram or Twitter. If I updated frequently it would be something like ‘Hey, I’m at work today. Again. The End.’ Somehow I suspect people, including myself, would get bored of that.

      Nearly all of mine are book or travel related. On rare occasions, angry library patron related.

  • Words for Worms

    Blogging gets all up in your head!

    • Rory

      It does, more than I’d care to admit!

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