Last Friday, I had a magical experience. I had told the girls on Thursday evening that I’d be taking them to Rocky Mountain National Park. I looked outside on Friday morning and was annoyed by the heavy clouds. The girls would be upset if I told them that the trip was off, so I pushed ahead. I hoped that the clouds would break so we could see the park.
I became more annoyed as we approached RMNP. Instead of the clouds breaking, they got worse. As we entered the park, it started to rain. The main thought I had was:
I forged ahead. Up Trail Ridge Road we went. This road goes to one of the highest points in the park (12,000 feet). At about 10,000 feet, we were driving through clouds:
- Younger Daughter: What’s going on? Is this fog?
- Me: No, we’re driving through clouds.
- Younger Daughter: No way dad!!!!
And then, we were in sunshine. The clouds flowed like rivers in the valleys below us. It was stunning:
We arrived at the visitor center at the top of Trail Ridge Road where the wind was blowing:
I’d like to know what places move your soul. First, we must get to last week’s answers when I asked about the $1,500,000/year people who complained about about their wealth:
Here is what you had to say:
Ryan at RoseRelish has it figured out:
We made 5-10x the salary of our teacher friends at the end of our working careers. Other than our overly fancy $200k house (where average homes are $125-150k), we have a simpler lifestyle than our pals. They drive newer cars, drink fancier beers, and eat at better restaurants. Then wonder how we retired so much earlier than them – complaining about being able to save even modest sums.
With all the things you have to do in life just to keep up, you really only have so much time and energy to maintain or enjoy everything. You realize things start collecting more dust than being used or utilized and you can save some money in the process.
We’re in big-time decluttering mode now. My litmus test is this: “Does owning this make me happy?” If the answer is No, in the donation box it goes.
Miss Mazuma threw out this awesome quote by Thoreau:
I make myself rich by making my wants few.
Fervent Finance has an interesting take:
One of my reach goals is to live on a big body of water (huge lake or ocean) and own a Tesla.
I think it’s OK have some luxury items as long as you’re mindful of the tradeoff. What do you think? Of course, I’m biased.
Happy Philosopher reframes the :
More money creates many more decisions. At higher the income levels you are forced to “deprive” yourself of many more things you can afford.
Finally, Reader JS had a neat comment. This is a wonderful goal:
With that kind of money, I would try to fund a variety of long-lasting projects to benefit the public good in a town or area I lived in or cared about. I lived in a town that had a public pool and a retirement residence which were largely funded by a single man’s generosity in the 1950s. Both places have been open for 50+ years and have contributed greatly to the town and its people. His name is not on either building and most folks couldn’t tell you how these great places were originally funded. He has humbly left a tremendous legacy in this town.
Ask the Readers: What are Your Favorite Places?
I want to know where you like to go. First though, because I like to talk, here are some of mine:
Favorite City: Madison, Wisconsin. I love Madison. It’s a beautiful city that’s bike and beer friendly. It’s big enough to have a lot to do, but small enough to not be intimidating. If it weren’t for the low temp winters and crazy high taxes, I’d still be there.
Favorite National Park: Visiting Yosemite in June when the snowmelt powers massive waterfalls is an experience that will wake up your soul. It’s incredible.
I’ve hiked to the top of Half Dome twice and if you can tell me about more beautiful views, I’d love to hear about them.
Favorite place to bum around on a long weekend: San Diego. Nothing like watching the waves roll in with a nice drink in hand.
Favorite experience that sounds crappy, but is actually great: When my wife first told me about RAGBRAI (bicycle ride across Iowa), I responded with something like:
Why would anyone want to do that?
However, RAGBRAI is a wonderful experience. Farm county is beautiful and the people who live there are awesome.
How about you?
- What city, state or country is your favorite. Why?
- What national parks do you visit over and over again?
- If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
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