It’s been a crazy summer! When I look back through my photos it’s hard to believe that (just) four months ago I was dropping kiddo off at the airport after a brief visit and heading west. I blazed through the south and stopped to catch my breath in New Mexico, then moseyed up through central California until I got to Olympia, Washington. The San Juan Islands were my turn-around point, then I headed south, stopping in Donner Pass, hopping over to the coast then finally to Utah where I stopped for a full five weeks before driving to Yellowstone to end the summer. Along the way, I visited old friends, made a few new ones, hung out with my RV-ing mom in Barstow and had a fabulous girls weekend in Yosemite. I got dusty on the trails around Cedar Breaks, dipped my toes in the Colorado River, bought a car and sold a house. What I haven’t done is very much writing. I think I lost my muse somewhere between Tahoe and Cedar City but we are finding our way back to each other.
But I have learned a lot this summer. Mostly about myself. Hopefully I will refer to this list when making plans for next year!
- If there is even the possibility of getting wifi or a data signal, I will drive 45 miles down a mountain to get it at least every other day.
- Once you lose confidence in your car to get you up a hill, it’s time to say goodbye. (unless you live in Fl where there aren’t any hills)
- I am capable of wielding a Pulaski, and using it effectively, for several days straight but much prefer the McLeod!
- The majority of visitors to our National Parks (in general) are oblivious to Leave No Trace ethics….and common sense.
- I need ocean in my life at least once every couple of months.
- It is possible to be homesick, even when you don’t have a real “home.”
- I must have access to a kitchen…or at least a refrigerator if in a place for more than five days.
- Dealing with the DMV via phone and email is almost more painful than standing in line in person.
- Mindless wandering is only fun for so long and on occasion – I need purpose and goals and direction, maybe even a project to really enjoy the adventures.
- I would absolutely and without doubt do this entire summer again (minus the house selling thing!)
What did you learn about yourself this summer? What adventures would you repeat?