When Dad and I return to the car, a gray jay greets us, chirruping at his own reflection in the sunshine on the windshield. We catch a glimpse of our wind reddened cheeks and disheveled hair and replace our beanies on our heads. I think about the warmth and joy of a perfect beanie and commit to adding a matching one to baby Andy's welcome to the world gift.
What a wonderful world it is. I wave goodbye to Sprague lake and the Gray Jay, knowing that we will soon return and build a whole new set of Rocky Mountain National Park memories together.
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