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Cloud Vacation

PassStardustSketch: Pass the stardust, please

BY Barbara Jorgen Nance

  The skies here in New Mexico take your breath away and beckon us to become daydreamers. Many of us are obliged to do just that. I sometimes long to ride on the passing clouds as though they were magic carpets. Caressing breezes would carry me along to destinations unknown. I’d run my fingers through the blue, silky sky and enjoy the comfort of my luxurious 1st Class Cloud seat. Just imagine the spectacular view from such a good vantage point. I have goose bumps just thinking about a trip around the world. Cloud vacationing just might catch on.

   It could be beneficial to study weather patterns and check wind velocity before boarding. I’ll pack lightly and plan on dressing in layers. A small carry on for bare essentials such as my journal, dried blueberries and ginger tea. I can’t forget my sunglasses for those blinding sunrises. The thought of seeing the world from my own private cloud is just too exciting for words! The breathtaking wonders of the world already make my heart skip a beat in awe. There’s a vast variety of cultures.  Different people with unusual customs; food; dance and music. The wild and wonderful animal kingdoms. The weird and colorful birds of the world. Then there’s the landscape. Red rock canyons; rivers and rainbows; Big city lights. The seven seas; with all their exotic islands. Snow-covered mountains and forests, and oh, those New Mexico skies.

   What about those night skies? In the midnight hour, when the dark explodes with light from billions of stars, maybe I should pack my night vision goggles? As I drift past the man in the moon, I could ask him to “pass the stardust, please." I’ve always wanted to say that. I wonder if any lonely women have ever fallen in love with the man in the moon? I think I’m a little star struck here, for I doubt my cloud will drift into outer space. It’s so easy to get carried away in the excitement of it all.

   Just like any vacation we take, there is always the chance of mishap or calamity of some sort.
Maybe I need to look at this travel plan from a different perspective? Clouds may not always be sweet like cotton candy. This journey could be dangerous if we were run into any dark, damp warrior clouds. You can always hear their grumbling thunder far off in the distance. Maybe I need to pack my ear muffs. Where there’s thunder, there’s lightning, which can slice the sky into tiny puzzle pieces. If I’m on top of the magic carpet cloud, there’d be no shelter! Oh, my! What of hurricane or tornado possibilities?  The friendly skies may not always be so friendly.

   Maybe this isn’t the way to see the world after all. I couldn’t send postcards to my friends. There would be no fresh towels laid out or chocolates on my pillow. I probably couldn’t take my dogs. Maybe the magic carpet cloud vacation should be shrunk down to a weekend trip. Just long enough to catch a falling star and put it in my pocket as a keepsake. Maybe I’ll just fly the friendly skies of New Mexico and that will be enough.

I still feel that cloud vacationing could catch on if planned well. Maybe we should all buy a few stocks in it? Maybe we should just enjoy our daydreaming.

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