The rain was coming down hard this afternoon when I left my apartment to meet Erica at her house for a hike. The rainy season has come to Boulder, and I was prepared with parkas for both of us.
I met Erica on the Viewpoint Trail last week, and we immediately struck up a friendship. Both of us love hiking and photography.
But because she has a 7-year-old daughter, who her ex-husband takes care of on Sunday afternoons, this was the only chance she had a for a hike this week. Fortunately, the weather cleared for our hike.
The three-mile Canyon Loop Trail in the Betasso Preserve just a few miles up in the foothills from Boulder turned out to be an excellent choice. Most of the trail was wide enough for the two of us to hike side-by-side while we talked.
And we talked a lot! She is easy to listen to and to talk to. When the talk turned to one of our many common interests, genealogy, we discovered that we are cousins!
Both of us are descended from Priscilla Mullins and John Alden, who both arrived here on the Mayflower in 1620. Priscilla is famous through Longfellow’s poem, The Courtship of Miles Standish, for saying, “Speak for yourself, John,” when he carried the Captain’s marriage proposal to her.
Priscilla and John are my ninth great-grandparents. So Erica and I are at least ninth cousins. Their daughter Ruth married into the Bass family, which led to the Rawson, Tripp, Leland, and Remmele families. My grandmother was Mabel Mae Remmele.
The time on the trail went all to quickly. But Erica had to get back to pick up her daughter.
Just after I took Erica home this evening, it began to sprinkle. We were really lucky to have a great and dry hike.