Notices began to appear on FB about our 40th high school reunion and that's when Shelley and I saw each other's name and got in touch. In 2010 Denny and I were due to pass through the area in Colorado where Shelley now lived, but when we arrived in town Shelley had to fly back to Ohio as her mother had suddenly passed away. We managed a brief meeting the night she flew back into town and a breakfast the next morning as we were leaving but had no time to catch up.
This year our visit was complicated by the fact that the High Park wildfire was burning out of control in Fort Collins, Colorado and my buddy had taken on the responsibility of providing a temporary home for half of the wolves and wolf mixtures of the Wolf Sanctuary that was located in the area of the wildfire. Temporary dog kennels were installed on her property and her large outbuilding was converted into an air conditioned pen for some of the wilder wolves. So when Shelley wasn't working she had a lot going on at home helping in the care and feeding of these stressed out, beautiful animals.
Shelley, who is a vegan, also introduced me to the vegan lifestyle in the form of several meals out where I tried a variety of dishes that were incredibly tasty. I can see that with an effort you could eat quite well without having to resort to smoothies for eating your vegetables and fruit. I don't think at this stage of the game I could ever convert Denny to the lifestyle but I can see perhaps adding a few more meatless meals to my repertoire.
Our week flew by, Shelley and I still didn't get caught up with each other but we made a dent in the last 35+ years that have passed since we hung out together. It was a great week despite the constant threat of wildfires around us and the occasional pall of smoke hanging over us.
And the wolves are finally back home in their sanctuary.