On one trip to Denver a few years ago, I ventured further west by myself and discovered the Colorado National Monument. Normally, I like the lush and green…. and the beach, of course…… but sometimes the lack of green fascinates me too. I thought a lot about bare bones survival on this trip. When life gets distilled down to hundred year old trees that grow at a snail’s pace and animals that survive by living underground, one sees life through a different lens.