My husband, Gregg, recently retired after 34 years working for the Boeing Company. He enjoyed a career which enabled him to travel and meet lovely and interesting people around the world. His work took him to Japan, Italy, France and Spain, along with places in the United States. His love of travel was one of the things that interested me about him when we met; though I will continue to work at the Bloedel Reserve and as an artist, we now have more time to spend dreaming – and fulfilling dreams – of travel together.
We just spent 10 days visiting our son in Big Sky, Montana. David works as supervisor of the Outdoor Pursuits department for a 15,000-acre private club. The Yellowstone Club offers an active, family-friendly, casual-yet-elegant lifestyle to its members in a breathtaking setting, and the environment and the work suits David very well indeed.
Gregg and I skied at Big Sky Resort, walked around the town’s golf course and meadow neighborhood, shared meals with David and his friends, took a snow coach tour of Yellowstone National Park and enjoyed the beauty of its winter landscape and “big sky.”
The awe-inspiring vistas we saw spurred me to take many photos – and to dream of making art based upon those images.
As a beginning skier, I spent many hours riding the “magic carpet” and skiing down the easiest slopes. The views of Lone Peak and the Spanish Peaks filled me with awe and gratitude. The light changed hour by hour, and the evergreen trees growing alongside of the carpet allowed the sun to filter through, making diamond-like glints on the snow.
Though there truly is “no place like home,” I’m grateful for the gift of travel and the opportunity to share in our son’s life and activities. I’m also thankful for the inspiration that comes from seeing different areas of this beautiful world we are blessed to inhabit.