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Life Is What You Make It

On January 22, 2011, in Epic Backcountry Trips, Lifestyle, by Meghan
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My proclamation: life is what you make it.

Flashes of gold in sunsets;
the way your friend’s cheeks raise into red cherries when she laughs;
tracks of an unknown animal decorating the snow;
the pure, sing-song beauty of a chickadee’s call;
energy transferred through gentle touches among human beings.

Whether you notice or not, the chickadee will sing her song. Sunsets glitter even if you don’t look westward. And, when you can’t feel it, the electric charge of a shared embrace still occurs.

Our grand planet’s got so much inherent beauty that, when I think about it too much, I get overwhelmed. If you’ve spent real-life time with me, you know that I sometimes get excited enough about a pretty view that I holler out loud. I even flail myself onto the ground to roll around or fast hand clap, cheerleader-style, when the world gets really cool.

Last weekend’s exploration of Utah’s Uinta Mountains was an exercise in seeing beauty, and charm, and history, and the value of the wild, and the hearts of my friends, and sun, and the joy of a snow-playing canine, and quiet, and the way laughter echoes almost forever in a snow-filled valley, and the quirky personality of central Utah, and moonshine on snow, and the way wine makes a person smile, and the way you can’t stop time from flying when you’re having fun, and, well, everything.

We made a damn good life last weekend. Here’s a photo tour. I plead: have a look, then go out there and make your own life awesome.

My beloved 4Runner, Goldie, celebrated her 200,000 mile on the way to Friday evening's trailhead. Toyotas know how to live.

As we drove east, the sun fell through layers of clouds and into an orange-pink sunset behind us.

Vernal, Utah, the last outpost before heading into the Uinta wilderness, has a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex statue. By night, I think it's the devil.

Danni pulls her sled on a snowmobile road. We departed the trailhead at 9pm on Friday night. Five maps, the light of a three-quarters moon, and a little sixth sensing arrived us to the cabin 3 hours later. I wished we could have stayed out all night.

Andy the Dog was the first to wake up on Saturday morning, rearing to get going. After our late night amble, the rest of us lazed a little.

The Colton Guard Station was our 2-night home.

The Colton Guard Station was built in the 1930's and it's now managed by the National Forest Service as a place for folks like us to enjoy on mountain outings.

After a sleep-in and breakfast, we headed out for a snowshoe hike. Danni goes all "Patagonia Arctic" in this photo.

Andy the Dog enjoys the snow. At 25 pounds, he stayed mostly on top of it. When he sunk through, though, the little guy had to doggie paddle. He slept well on Saturday night.

Before I took this photo, I wanted to jump up and down then into the snow. Because I didn't want to scare my friends, I settled for instead snapping a picture.

After a mid-afternoon lunch at the cabin, Matt and I went out for a cross country ski tour at sunset. Matt strikes his best skier's pose.

The sunset took my breath away. Then my breath came back strong as I hooted and hollered at the show.

The Colton Guard Station was an awesome Saturday night host. We ate and drank ourselves merry in the warmth of its woodstove and history.

On Sunday morning, we made an outing by ski and snowshoe to the top of a nearby ridge. Matt and Beth pose on the ridgetop.

Danni storms the ridgetop on snowshoes. If she looks tired, she's faking it. The girl is indefatigable.

After a Sunday lunch, we made the trailhead trek with ease. By daylight, the route was supremely obvious and beautiful. (Photo by Danni Coffman.)

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12 Responses to “Life Is What You Make It”

  1. Gretchen says:

    Oh this is why I love you, Meghan! Well, one of the reasons. You know exactly how to suck the marrow out of life. I’m having flashes of this kind of appreciation, but I still need your beautiful perspective to remind me that life is what we make it. Thank you. (And I’m so, SO glad you’re in such a good, happy space!)

    I wish I could have made the trip; it looks like it was wonderful times with wonderful people. Yay, you guys!! ๐Ÿ™‚ THanks for the photo tour!

    • Meghan says:

      Aw, Gretchen, thanks girl! I sure wish you would have been there. But, life’s full of adventures and we’ll have many together in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Olga says:

    Great times with great people do make the life:)

  3. Greg says:

    Simply, positively, ebullient. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanx.

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  6. Weston Anderson says:

    Hate to reply to an old post but I was hoping to get some info from you assuming you still check/update your blog. Basically just curious if you encountered a lot of snowmobilers while you stayed at the Colton Guard Cabin? We are thinking about staying there this winter and are hoping for a remote and peaceful weekend. I can deal with seeing their tracks, but I would prefer not to hear/see them all day. Also did you stay over a weekend or during the week? I assume that would dramatically effect the possibility of seeing other people. Thanks in advance for any information. ๐Ÿ™‚

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