“Moving to the mountains, rather than living in lowlands, can keep you going longer. Adaptation to altitude helps the body cope with lower levels of oxygen, and walking uphill regularly aids the heart.”~ Psychology Today
The plan was…. Who am I kidding? There was no plan, until I felt the company starting to crumble under me. The sense of forboding, that some time soon the company would let me go and/or the company would implode, made me keep my eye out for the next place to be. As it happened the company let me go and then folded a few years later. I considered staying in Norman Oklahoma but downsizing to a small bungalow home where we would reduce our space, our collection and our living expenses. We both had adjusted well to Norman it had OU, arts, entertainment, shopping and parks but I could tell Michael was not enthused. I needed him to be enthused. And then it happened. On a lark we took a trip to Medicine Park; we had an open Saturday (before the demise of my job) and were dressed with no particular place to go. A few Oklahoma friends had had alluded to the mystique of Medicine Park but we had never acted on their advice until then.
Driving in down Eastlake drive I wasn’t convinced of Medicine Park’s draw as we passed a mixed batch of generic country houses and trailers but as we inched closer to town my perception changed. Who could resist the beauty of the Medicine Creek and the backdrop of the Mt. Scott and the quirky cobblestone houses made up of grapefruit sized red granite stones? The picture imperfect made me smile, but more significantly Michael got a bit of a misty look in his eyes. I knew it reminded him of Fish Creek a rustic cottage his family owned in the hills of West Virginia.
We looked for a lot down by Medicine Creek but the prices, even then, felt a little high seeing our goal was to footloose and mortgage free. Subsequently we built our home on Mt. Cummins, Big Rock Road. It’s quiet up here except for the occasional Ft. Sill artillery training and the Sunday night exodus of tourists heading home. And the vistas, oh the vistas. Our little mountain bungalow looks out to valley, mountain, sunsets, clouds, rocks, wild flowers, grasses and post oak trees. And the exercise, there is no way to go but up and down when you walk. And as Psychology Today said it is good for heart and health.
Five years later we still look out in awe as we are presented with another sunset, lightening display or some newly arranged clouds. Sure stress still comes through via the phone lines or wireless through email or cell phones but we can walk the mountain or stare at the sunset and lower the anxiety a little.