On a day last week that began like every average day, the Co-Captain and I awoke to the buzzing alarm clock, got ready for the day, and exited the home before the sun came up. I had my lunch and a few items I might need for the day packed into the same black duffel bag I place in the rear hatch of the Prius every morning. The Co-Captain placed her laptop and work bag in the rear seat like she does every morning.
I spent an hour in my cubicle before heading out for another day visiting job sites up and down the Roaring Fork valley. By now the sun was up as I got into my company truck and drove to my parked Prius and retrieved my lunch and the black duffel bag from the rear hatch.
I don't recall anything unusual happening that day; no missed phone calls, no cryptic text messages. Imagine my surprise when, while returning my black duffel bag to the Prius at the end of a long work day, I discovered a backpack I had never seen before inside the locked hatch where I was about to place my bag!
Immediately, I recounted the events of the day. Could this backpack have been left in the hatch by someone the previous weekend? Did I not see it in the morning darkness and place my duffel bag on top of it? Perhaps I was distracted by the irony of an incandescent bulb illuminating the cargo area of a 2016 Prius.
Obviously, I was going to need answers...