I Hit The Road And Here Is What I Rediscovered
This isn’t the first road trip I’ve been on. It also wasn’t the wildest (that’s a story for another time), but it was one of the best.
I am a fan of taking my car off road every so often. I really enjoy being in nature and find it very peaceful. This time we (me and my husband) did an 8 day through northern Arizona and southern Utah.
The first thing that I noticed was being in remote places it really enjoyable. Getting out of the buzz of the city and just looking at the road and vast expanse of landscape is very relaxing. The feeling of freedom when it’s just you on the road, no one else around for miles. Even neuroscience says that being in nature is good for the brain.
I got to meet some really nice people. Striking up conversations with locals and not so locals is usually interesting, you get to hear a bit of history of where you are.
We stopped in Nipton, CA on the way back home. This is a place that we come back to from time to time. It is hotel/restaurant/gift shop and RV/Camping stop in the middle of nowhere. It was recently sold, and the new owner will be making it into a cannabis destination spot. We parked the car in the parking lot and as we got out we spoke to a gentleman who lived in his RV for 9 months, 25 years prior. He was visiting to see if the place had changed. He was working construction at the time he was living there, and he explained how life was during that time and that they had paved to road to the highway.
I could go on about the couple other people we met during the trip, but then this post would get long.
This trip confirmed the need for me to move out of city/suburbia. I’m done. When I get back from a trip I usually can get back in the swing of things right away. Not this time, it’s taking me the better part of the week to get back into it. I also now feel more resolute in making a move happen.
I wasn’t even planning on taking a trip, but circumstances were such that if we didn’t go now, it wouldn’t happen for another year. Despite being low on money and time (it’s tax season and i’m an accountant) I did it anyway. Boy am I glad I did.
I’m already trying to plan a short trip soon.