It's a happy autumn day when a journey takes you to the mountaintop. It's even happier when friends meet you there. Autumn colors, cloudy skies, and a warm campfire invite conversation and friendship. Having frisky canines visit as well adds a bit of spice to the day! Getting them to slow down for a photo op was neigh impossible! Soup, salad, and fresh bread around the table after darkness fell provided nourishment as we shared stories and experiences around the supper table. Late in the night our friends drove down the mountain to their home in the valley. We slept and awoke to the sound of bugling elk from one ridge to the next. A cozy campfire to ward off the morning chill provided cheer and warmth. Days spent in nature provide respite and reprieve from the daily home routine. Of course all cannot be calm and peaceful! In the morning, not far from the fire pit, a large cougar claw was found sitting right on top of the ground! Fresh, broken, sharp, and large --- it reminds us that vigilance is always key when surrounding yourself with the elements of the natural world! Would you like to read more about cougars? They are abundant on our mountaintop, so such reminders are something to heed.