Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to take a road trip out to Colorado. For years, I have been looking forward to going out west. It was an extraordinary trip, where I learned a lot about myself, and this country. I have been back for a few days now, and I’m still trying to process all of it. We traveled through 11 states over two weeks. I saw the temperate forests of my upbringing melt into the plains, before they came into the desert. I watched the sun glint off one of the Great Lakes, and gazed up at canyons as they rose above me.
Many travelers only see their destinations. Much of the growing happens along that journey. In some ways in this county we have lost our wanderlust. We are focused on getting there quickly. Yet there is something to be said about a slow deliberate jaunt across the country. There is so much along the way. Some of my favorite moments of this trip were had in forgotten little corners of this country. Whether it was another persons kindness in a store, or a beautiful forgotten vista, there were many things that took my breath away.
I experienced so much that one blog post could not possibly pay homage to it all. There are moments both big and small to be share, and I hope that you enjoy visiting them with me. America is a beautiful place. There were common things that seemed to stay with me regardless of where I was. If you keep your eyes open there is beauty everywhere. Being away from home pushes you out of your comfort zone. It forces you to step outside of your boundaries. There were many times when I pushed myself further than I thought I could ever go. I saw things that were hard to conceptualize.
I went on adventures, and pushed myself physically and mentally. There were ups and downs, but looking back I wouldn’t take back a single second. It gave me a deep appreciation of the size of this country. It showed me that there is so much out there. Yet It also gave me a deep appreciation for the East Coast, and the place that I call home.