She had just come back from her annual and despite her anticipation, she was fully relieved.

“Hey Rose, keep doing what you have been doing, you look great and all your tests came back in good order. Maybe your cholesterol is a little high but that’s normal at 65.”

“Thanks, it’s so weird. I can’t believe I’m now single at 65. I thought I would be headed for assisted living at this age, but instead I’m headed for the Rockies. I’m glad I still got it. Thanks Doc, this was the shot of confidence I needed.”

And that was that.

Rosie, landed in Aspen smiling as she reflected on the green light her Doctor had given her just last week. She was greeted with a huge hug by her friend Ally who was waiting in shorts, hiking boots and a ruck sack. Tanned, lined, and sexy, Ally always looked great. They’d been best friends since they were kids and despite their separate paths, in their 60’s, they were in sync. They were psyched for their 3 day hut trip into the Colorado Rockies.

“Ok girlfriend, you look very college 70’s, which by the way is trending. I mean here we are, single again, hiking again, doing what we did, and still loving it. I’m nervous about this hike but excited all at once. Thanks for organizing the route. I’m assuming we have a ride to the trail head tomorrow and I’m really glad we have a night to hang in town before heading out.”

The two women had booked a room near town and went out to the local bar. It was early June and the summer crowds hadn’t hit the town yet to their relief. They took a seat at the bar and were deep in convo.

“Hate to interrupt you guys, but what can I get you to drink.”

Rose turned toward the bar tender and her heart skipped. He was salt and peppered, rugged faced and fit, could have been late 50’s early 60’s, no definitely in his 60’s.

“Um, I wasn’t going to have a drink before our big trek but now that I’m here, screw that, I’ll have a Casamigos and Soda and some wings if you have. What about you Ally?”

Rose barely looked at Ally, she just studied the server’s face as he focused on Ally’s order. She saw his eyes shift back toward her and she looked down and felt a hot flush rush on her neck.

He walked away for a bit but Rose had lost her concentration, trying hard to listen as Ally was running through the logistics of tomorrow’s adventure.

“Ok, guys, here you go. By the way I’m Todd, where are you all in from?”

Rose was listening to Todd but mostly feeling him as he spoke. It was freeing to be in a new place, untethered from anyone except the road ahead and she felt a little giddy.

“I’m Rose, I was born in Boston, but I’m not attached to any home base at the moment. Just starting a new journey and this is my first stop. I am psyched to get up on the trail and spend a few nights in the hut.”

“Which hut are you guys booked into?”

“We have a big hike to Friends’ hut the night after next. Tomorrow’s going to be intense and then will spend our second night at Friends’.”

“Awesome. I’m heading out tomorrow too.”

Rose giggled a little. “Cool, where to?”


“Really, that’s crazy, have you ever hiked there before.”

“No, I just moved here and got this gig, been here a few weeks and have the next few days off, I too am a bit untethered just recently.”

“That was a clear green lighted sixties code. Untethered…. that’s the new avail,” thought Rose.

They held each other’s stare long and hard. 

There was a recognition of something but it was not to be named, it just felt good to be seen.

Rose and Ally finished up their apps and drinks and started to leave.

Hey, guys, see you out there. Good luck on the hike. See you at the Hut.

They headed to their Air BnB for the night.

Rose was excited. She felt strong and pretty and available. She wasn’t looking for a husband, a relationship and didn’t have a plan in mind. She just knew she felt pumped.

And she thought about her favorite quote,

“Don’t take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive.”

To be continued next month….






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