This month’s challenge was inspired by this comment from Old Grumbleface on one of my posts a few weeks ago:
- Pardonnez-moi, s’il vous plait. If I may butt in for a moment, I would like to propose, for your consideration, a Challenge, if not for June, then perhaps for another month, or perhaps just a random Challenge. Having recently seen photos of a youthful Suzanne and an even more youthful Em, perhaps it would be amusing if we each select an old — as old as possible? — photograph of self and bike (and bike, he emphasizes), then recreate that photo — same pose and/or location — with current self and current bike. Post the pair of “then and now” photos. Just a thought. I leave it to the Challenge-master(s) to decide. Now I tiptoe away. Please excuse the interruption.
Quite an inspired idea, but maybe just a bit limiting for some of us. Maybe we’ve already posted our oldest photos here, or maybe you can’t get back to that special place again at the moment, or can’t get to your oldest photos because they’re locked away in the back of a storage unit. If you can assemble a then/now pairing you want to share, great! If not though, please post anything on the general theme of time. So many of us feel stuck in time now, frozen in the present moment, wishing we could go back to some favorite place in the past or fulfill some dream we’re holding out for the future. Extra credit if you share a story from the past for the first time here.
The featured photo is from one of an endless list of places I’d love to time-travel back to. It’s from one of the first tours Rocky and I took together: a loop through Glacier and Waterton National Parks in July, 1990. We’re westbound at the summit of Going-to-the-Sun (Logan Pass), on the first weekend that the pass was open that summer. It’s about seven or so in the morning, because back then at least bikers had to be off the road by 9:30. We got started from our campground on Saint Mary Lake at the crack of dawn, still stuffed from gorging ourselves on massive Navaho tacos and huckleberry pie ala mode the night before. So much snow!