As someone who wants to squeeze everything that I can out of the short life I have on this earth, I strongly believe in the Work Hard, Play Hard philosophy. That said, life has been slightly out of balance as the library where I work has required an inordinate amount of time because many aspects of its foundation were unstable. We are close to remedying most of this after implementing a new technology network, a new ILS (catalog), a new accounting system, and we have just finished our annual audit… so, easy to understand the imbalance.
This weekend was the beginning of the end of this imbalance as I walked the Animas River and enjoyed the beautiful Durango area with its magnificent La Plata Mountains and its deep azure skies and 60-degree temperatures. The Animas is very low and the fish are probably traumatized by the weird weather. As much as I wanted to cast a line, I decided I would be just as happy walking along the river. I caught a glimpse of an osprey’s nest just to the south of me and watched as one of these magnificent creatures flew overhead.
I miss being on rivers every day, but I’m thoroughly enjoying my work at an institution that contributes to our community and its residents by making it a better place to live. Again a balance – giving back to the community and making sure I take time to follow my passions.
My life is also busy with presentations about my 52 river journey. My book launch will be at the BookBar – a fabulous, independent bookstore on Tennyson in the Highlands area of Denver on April 10th from 7 – 8:30. I would love to see you. A list of presentations for the next couple months can be found under the Book Info tab on the website.