Lucky in Love
Twenty-three years ago, I experienced love at first sight. When I drove down a highway that dead-ended in a box canyon divided by a flowing waterfall, I was awestruck and love struck. My feelings about Telluride have only grown more intense over time.
Tomorrow, is a significant day as it marks my 23rd anniversary in Telluride. I will always remember that Saturday as it fell over Balloon Festival. I awoke suddenly to a strange swishing noise out my window, completely baffled. I peered out the window and was shocked to see a balloon floating down the alley.
Since then, I have witnessed spectacular displays of Mother Nature that fill me with gratitude-fiery sunsets, double rainbows, intense lightning storms, high alpine fields of wildflowers, mountainsides of orange and yellow aspens. These sights never get old and only make me appreciate my home that much more.
The 34th Annual Balloon Festival kicks off tomorrow; I will once again enjoy the balloons floating over the valley and be reminded why there is and will always be, only one Telluride. It’s hard to summarize what I enjoy most about Telluride but here are just a few:
The Beauty: Telluride still takes my breath away. The sight of 13,000 foot jagged peaks, waterfalls flowing and fields of wildflowers will never get old. There is something magical in these mountains
The People: Main Street is only 6 blocks long but it takes at least 20 minutes to walk its length as you constantly chat with friends about local politics, hike of the day, dinner suggestions, etc. Telluride is full of passionate people who enjoy the rich quality of life that it provides.
The Backyard: There are few places I can think of that provide such amazing access to the outdoors, right out the back door. Many biking and hiking trails start from town. Power lunches –taking a quick hike or bike ride-are the norm and are a great way to reenergize.
The Transportation: I never officially owned a car until my mid 30’s (but managed to total two cars prior to that). With my driving track record, it is a true blessing that everything in Telluride is biking or walking distance. If I am feeling lazy, I can always hop on the free Galloping Goose Bus or the gondola to get to Mountain Village.
I have lived in Telluride longer than anywhere and I couldn't be happier. This is a relationship that only gets better with time.