My family and I have lived in Texas our whole life, and then just like that, with a phone call, we are packed and on the road to Colorado, Springs. Saying goodbye to friends and loved ones was difficult, tears were shed and the longing to stay was etched in my heart, but it was not my decision to make, my father had gotten a new job so we had to go. We arrived finally, having crossed rugged terrain and hillside roads covered with ice, in Colorado, Springs around midnight or so, outside everything were veiled in black. Looking up I could not see a single star, much less the moon, all that could be heard was the sound of wind blowing through concealed trees. We rested for a moment at a local fast food restaurant then continued on our way til we reached a sect of Apartments, and finally our new home.
Taking only the essentials we climbed the stairs into our home and assessed the situation; the apartment unit itself was decent, open living room which led to a patio and the kitchen, two rooms accompanied by a bathroom for each. All and all it was nice, and even with us being on the second floor, to me it still wasn’t home yet. Despite feelings of denial, we had a long day and rest was needed so we brought our sleeping bags into the nearest room (which happened to be my sister’s and my room) and fell asleep. I awoke early the next morning, judging from the scattered light coming in from the blinds I could tell that it was close to day break, and suddenly feeling curious I got up out of my sleeping bag and was immediately welcomed by a blast of cold air, raising goose bumps on my skin.
I shook them off as I approached the covered window, faint light pulled in from slits and as I raised the blinds up, my field of vision was suddenly field with sights of thick rolling fog along the ground, amidst uprooted trees reaching for the heavens, and then I was taken aback by the most awe-filled sight. Before me, only a few miles ahead, was a grand mountain, upon which rays of gold sunlight hit from the rising sun. My mother rose from her place on floor and saying good morning stood next to me as the sun rose higher in the distance, shifting the scenery from a dew misty morning to a reincarnation of Eldorado. Rich landscapes of flowing hills, mountain caverns, and wild life lay before me in abundance.
Before moving to Colorado four years ago, I hadn’t given wildlife that much thought, given where I lived at the time I figured all I would ever see of it was the pecan trees in my front yard, and the wooded area in my backyard. However, while living in Colorado, Springs for a year, I came to have a deep respect for the environment, something I have kept with me to this day, as we now live back here in Texas.
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