Losing Sight of the Shore

“You can never cross the ocean without losing sight of the shore.”  – Christopher Columbus 

I am pulling up anchor and leaving much of the comforts and familiarities I have come to know in Tallahassee and the South. Countless sparks have been ignited in Florida: irreplaceable friends, memories and life lessons. I leave this place with smile, knowing that I would not trade the sparks experienced here for any others. My love for the South runs deep and I will always find comfort in Spanish moss, oak trees, swamp land, and the Gulf. I am turning the chapter and trading the moss for snowflakes, oaks for aspens and mud for mountains.

Spanish Moss

Aspens

I expect the next chapter in Colorado to shape me exponentially. I will meet new people who will become staples in my life like my people in Tallahassee. New memories will be cultivated, creating stories I will tell my grand kids one day. Colorado left me with a powerful spark four years ago after my short stint there in 2008. I look forward to countless more the state and its wonders have to ignite.  I don’t expect this is be all grand excitement. I expect growing pains and probably a few tears. I expect that changing my path from a familiar one to one less traveled will leave me a little dirty and a little beat up…..BUT I will become stronger and the scenery will be beautiful!

Hiking to Chasm Lake – 2010