Is this heaven? It’s Cuchara. I often improvise famous lines from the movies and apply them to my own personal field of dreams. In this case, the 18 mile stretch of highway between our home on Cuchara Pass and our post office in La Veta. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Colorado. For years, this was our daily commute and it became so routine that I stopped really seeing all the beauty. Now, we find our way to town only a time or two each week and when we do go, we slow down and notice things that have gone unnoticed before.
The other day, I was heading back up the valley from a visit with the real estate experts at Bachman & Associates when I noticed that the pastures on the Cantrell Ranch had turned the brightest green, I pulled over and grabbed my camera. As I approached the fence to compose an angle, I found myself just a few feet away from a herd of exotic, hairy, four legged creatures with peaceful smiles on their faces. I honestly, have never studied an Alpaca up close and personal before and it took a quick Wiki search when I got home to know the difference between these guys and Llamas. Both animals are South American Camelids, but the Alpaca is much smaller, much more social within its own species and is known for its delicately soft coat rather than for carrying cargo through the backcountry.
Living in a place of abundant natural beauty does not make a person immune to the “same four walls syndrome”. It takes a conscious effort to remember how you felt when you first discovered it, you have to be able to see your everyday surroundings through the eyes of a tourist, you have to remind yourself that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.
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