Friday, September 28, 2012

Hitting the road!

Tomorrow D and I are hitting the open road! We don't usually take a vacation this time of year, but D is having a big birthday, and we feel like celebrating. We'll be visiting places that we've always wanted to see, and driving a big loop through the Colorado Plateau.
We'll be flying in and out of Phoenix, and then heading north. Highlights will include Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park and the meteor crater! My eyes are so ready for a completely different color palette and wide open spaces. We've even got a tour scheduled through Monument Valley that includes a weaving demonstration. I can't wait! I need a rush of inspiration.
While we failed miserably at our creative challenge, we're both excited to have a trip that will include time to sit and soak it all in and allow for some creative time. I've got a new journal ready to go. This one is a little bigger than usual, but since this is a National Park heavy trip, I wanted it to be big enough to carry all the park maps neatly. I especially like the little folder I put on the back cover to store paper and envelopes that I can glue in where I need them.
This week, as we've been busy doing last minute prep, I've been feeling a wee bit under the weather and trying to go easy and get better. Last night we were remembering our history of travel illness. The worst was definitely D coming home with bronchitis from Barcelona. Mixed in, there were also a couple of airplane sickness episodes and in 2010 I got so sick in Ecuador that we still use it as a baseline. For example, "I felt bad, but it was nothing like Quito." We laughed, because despite it all, it would never stop us for even a second from continuing to travel and planning our next trip. I've heard people tell me about a bad flight delay that made them never want to travel again, and we've had way worse and can never get enough.
It reminded me of a passage from Eat, Pray, Love. I read it when we were in Kauai back in 2008 and wrote this passage in my journal at the time. It rings true, but hopefully not too true on this trip!
"Traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt ... that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby - I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it's mine. Because it looks exactly like me. It can barf all over me if it wants to - I just don't care."      
Pictures to follow when we return!