Thanks to Rich Ochoa for being a guest blogger.

Rich is an engineer with years of Information Technology knowledge and experience in the telecommunications field and is the popular author of two fascinating books: One Way Ticket to Anywhere and Life Rolls On.

After several years of distinguished service maintaining the nuclear weapon systems aboard a US Navy Submarine, Rich has settled in Keller, Texas with a really hot girl, Carrie. While serving in the Navy, Rich achieved great athletic success. Competing in the Decathlon at the 1984 Boston College Relays, he finished ninth out of ten competitors after failing to clear the opening height in the high jump. Undeterred, he then entered the pole vault and nabbed eighteenth place in that event. With nothing else to prove he immediately retired from college sports. Twenty years after failing high school algebra, he earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. Rich works as an engineering manager at Nokia Mobile Phones, which for many years has helped him live his dream of seeing the world. In 2007, he scaled back his business travel and created a program within Nokia which has, to date, provided technical jobs for over forty ambitious college students. He’s helping his oldest daughter, Lindsay, through college and teaching his younger daughter, Leanna, how to pole vault and solve math problems. Rich is on Facebook and Twitter, and has a website, and blog .

An experienced  hiker, Rich often blogs about places he’s visited.








As an avid backpacker, I’ve found my way into a lot of little outta-the-way towns. A very popular hiking destination in Colorado is the Indian Peak Wilderness area.

On your map, you’ll see a town close to a cluster of trailheads, Ward.


It’s not really a town. It’s a dirt road to a post office, which passes a bunch of dilapidated trailers.









Your car don’t run no more?” No problem, push it up against your camper, line up the doors, get some plywood and duck tape and you’ve just added a bedroom to your house. Ward looks like a junkyard.

It’s collection of Ford Pintos, Dodge Darts, and Kingswood Estate Station Wagons (the one with the brown wood-grain panel on the side) far outnumber  the 165 residents, most of whom don’t seem to mind not having access to any stores which carry shirts, shoes, or toothbrushes.  Subject of many Internet rumors, if you read it’s a free-sex commune, don’t get your hopes up–I can assure you there’s nothing worth dragging out of the one bar in this town. The residents, well…I guess they can be summed up with one word–Deliverance.



About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

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