The view I stumbled upon today served as a reminder to why I packed up all my belongings and moved across the country from New York to Colorado; I was looking for a different environment from Long Island and I found it here.
Daniel’s Park of Sedalia is about a 3o minute drive from Denver and has a panoramic view of the Front Range of the Rockies. After countless searches online, I finally settled on the park mainly because of its picturesque view and perfect space to watch the sunset.
As I sat at a cement picnic table, I looked at the sky and land as the clouds rolled past me and animals scurried around. I spotted a jackrabbit and some lizard that ran away before I could get a closer look. Various insects were buzzing around as I scanned the landscape.
After my first two hectic weeks of college and an acute struggle with altitude sickness the day prior, it was nice to finally be alone out in the wilderness, listening to some John Denver, reading my book, and looking for interesting things around the area.
As I looked at the Rockies, I believe I had spotted Mount Evans where I had been four hours prior doing trail restoration with my Living and Learning Community. This omnipotence and subliminal feeling that came from going from on the mountain to about 50 miles away is an incredibly heartening feeling that makes you realize just how incredible mountains are.
The world is an incredibly strange place and being in such a different environment to the oceans that I am used to makes me appreciate the beauty and diversity of nature even more.