The familiar and the rare


Yesterday we finished our trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. This nearly annual trek teaches me something every time. This year’s lesson was that there’s beauty in the everyday, familiar things I live surrounded by  (horses, cows, goats, and alpacas) and the exotic that I see less often. I get excited when I see what lives near me and love having them around. When I drove to school in Denver, there was a flock of sheep I came to expect every fall. Its presence made my heart happy.

Visiting Yellowstone and the Tetons, I anticipate wilder, less familiar animals. This year pronghorn antelope, elk, coyote, buffalo, a mama black bear and her cub, and two moose blessed us with their presence.

David drives while I scan the roadside.  Over the years, we’ve developed a code for him to slow down without running off the road when I squeal. Safety first. Bear are harder to find, and it’s been years since we’ve seen a moose. This year was a bonanza.

Some of the best things in life are worth searching for and waiting until we find them. I appreciate the ordinary and love the occasional sprinkles of the rare. All in all, a great trip.

What are your ordinary and rare sightings?



Moose near Moose, Wyoming

Black Bear near Colter Bay in Grand Tetons

Black Bear near Colter Bay in Grand Tetons

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