Today I woke up in Los Angeles and went to sleep in Zion National Park, Utah.
I am always up for an adventure! Even though I often think I am busier than I actually am, I find it hard to allow myself time away from the fast-pace life in the city. But, wow! It’s amazing what is possible in a day! I mean it is great to have relaxing days once in a while and just binge on Netflix – we all deserve it – but to me what is even greater, is a good adventure.
All it took was packing a small bag, loading up my Subaru, a tank of gas and getting on the good old open road.
Within an hour or two of driving I crossed over from the California boarder into Nevada. That’s about the same time it would take me to finish a movie on Netflix! In another two I was cruising into Arizona! This came as a surprise because I didn’t realize I would be cutting through a corner of The Grand Canyon state. There is something welcoming about their sign; with a warm rising sun, and there is something so powerful within the red rock all around.
So, two movies in and I made it to Arizona. That’s pretty cool.
Ninety minutes later I passed a sign that read, “Utah Welcomes You.” I smiled to myself and said “thanks” out loud as if it was meant especially for my spontaneous journey. The temperature in Southern Utah was approximately 55 degrees in the desert but as I climbed in elevation it dropped to 28 degrees; which I hear is like a nice summer day to the locals. I guess I used to wear a tougher skin when I lived in Nor Cal, but now, I must admit, I think I’m becoming one of those Southern California sun lovers! The coldest I have seen LA is 54 degrees, with a frightening wind-chill, I must add. And let me tell you, I have my seat warmers on and heater blasting. With that said, 28 degrees here in Utah, might as well be 30 below to me. Funny, the things we get used to.
Even so, the weather change was beautiful and highly refreshing. It’s so interesting how the air feels different between each geographic location and how somehow the frequency of each destination is slightly unique even if it is just five feet on either side of a state line. It’s not something I can really explain on paper. It’s something I think you have to experience for yourself.
So, in three movies time and one episode of How I Met Your Mother, I transcended four state boundaries. Yes, I do agree that Netflix is a wonderful invention, but there is nothing better than getting out there, breathing fresh air, and making a path of your own. Life is pretty amazing!