There's something about spending time in nature that makes problems and stress disappear for awhile. For the past month since my retirement, I have spent at least 3-4 days every week in the Rocky Mountains. The clean, crisp air, the beautiful scenery, the wildlife, wildflowers, and all that Mother Nature has to offer is right there waiting to be enjoyed. And I've been enjoying every minute of it. I've noticed in my 20+ yrs of hiking how fellow hikers are a different breed always eager to share conversation while sharing the trails. While hiking yesterday on the trails to Blue Lake we passed a small pond with two large bull moose, one grazing and one resting quietly on the other side of the pond. Several hikers, the two of us included, stopped to watch from a safe distance across the water. We were all snapping pictures with our cell phones when I spotted a real photographer taking pictures with the equipment he had toted up the trail. Since moose are one of my favorite mammals I asked the photographer if I could buy one of his prints of the moose. He told me "no, you can't buy one but if you give me your email address I will email one to you." I found an almost working ink pen in my pack but nothing to write on except for a band aide. (yes, it was unused). I scribbled my email on the band aide and handed it to him. Not sure if I'd ever hear from him or get a photo, we continued on our way to Blue Lake. I thought no harm in asking. All I would be out was a band aide and hopefully I wouldn't need it on that hike. Today I received an email from Jerry Miller, the photographer/hiker from yesterday's hike. Attached was a picture of one of the moose. What a nice surprise and nice gesture from a fellow hiker reassuring us there are still kind, caring, generous strangers out there. I wish people who don't see the beauty in nature, nor the importance of protecting our world, and who see no problem with environmental exploitation would spend some time in nature, really in nature not their backyard or on the golf course but really in nature. Maybe, just maybe, they might change their mind and see what the rest of us are talking about. There's a chance. What do you think?