this morning i woke up and made a phone call to aspen, colorado. it seems my glory days are becoming a reoccurring theme. it's sue's birthday today. she's one of my oldest friends. i was thinking about it after i got off the phone with her. i've known her 17 years. we met at lemoyne college basketball camp and never looked back. i told her today that i owe my love for mountain towns to her. you see, where we grew up in upstate new york there's mountains, but what we didn't know when we we're kids is that they are just hills. we'd spend our entire summers romping around the 'back country' that was our backyard. seriously...we'd leave in the morning and be back just before dinner. sometimes we'd come down from the 'mountain' and we'd me a mile or two from home. but those are some of my best memories. she had this cat...and he'd follow us the entire way. what was his name? i can't remember. i think i called him 'dracula' because i remember he had two of each of his upper canines...very suspicious. he's in both of the below photos. and that's sue at maybe 14 or 15 years old!
some ravine we stumbled upon on one of our outings...they're not joking when they say kids don't know how to play anymore! we just explored, and made fun of each other, and complained about the injustices of our existence (like our mother's trying to get us to take these honkin' cell phones with us), then went to school on monday. simple.
see the valley we lived in! her house is right next to those two tall pine trees in the background. we're on our way home. then those outings started to get replaced by back road bush parties, and sleeping in 'till noon. next thing you know we we're off to florida for spring break of my senior year, then prom, and all of a sudden i was graduating.
splash mountain, disney world. orlando, florida 1996
just off the train...waiting to hitch a ride to campus
colorado mountain college- glenwood springs, colorado
downtown aspen, colorado