There is so much to remember; so much to hold close, treasure and retell. The trip we took filled us to the brim with stories: of deep red desert sands, of bitterly cold glacier lakes, of the darkest night skies drowning in stars, of breezy cities and of many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I think of our future children, how they will ask with curious minds (just as I did when I was young), “Mom, Dad, will you tell me a story?” And how Parker and I will reply with stories of adventure and laughter and love.
In the days following our arrival home from the trip we were frequently asked, “How was it?” For any other trip I’ve taken in my life the answer would be easy. I would know what to say in an instant and could give a synopsis of the trip in five minutes or less. But this was different. At this question we would pause, as a galaxy of stories and memories flooded through us as quickly as water flows down Yosemite Falls. I’d answer with a softened tone and eyes that wander, searching for the right words, but all I could muster was “Amazing.” And that wouldn’t nearly say enough.
So, in an effort to accurately share this month-long trip Parker and I took out west and to write down all the memories while they are still fresh, I will be posting travel journals here on the blog over the next few months. Each journal will be about one specific place from our trip (for example, Grand Teton National Park or San Francisco, CA) and will share our favorite memories from that place, the hikes we went on there, what we ate, where we stayed the night, price breakdowns, etc.
My hope is that these details will inspire you to plan a trip like this (or any trip at all) of your own. I believe that every person needs to experience the beauty and ruggedness that travel, adventure and road trips offer us. These have built my character, strengthened my patience, expanded my worldview and rejuvenated my creativity. I walk away from this trip inspired; excited to get back to my art desk and begin creating with fresh ideas and new perspectives. I know it can do the same for you too.