This is going to be a quick post. I am home as of yesterday night 11pm, which was day 46, and the last day of our amazing trip.
After staying in Moab, I drove through the Arches National Park – It was nice, but not mindblowing. I then went to the Rocky National Monument. It was great. The drive up the main road goes as high as 12,000 feet (3700m). I saw ton of wildlife.
Eventually I drove to Kansas (It was really, really flat) all the way to St Louis MO where I stayed at my friend J.’s for the weekend. He toured me through the city and surroundings. Life is nice and mellow there. I left on Monday at 7:30am local time. I initially was planning on taking a break, but made it home at 11pm after driving nearly 1,000 miles in the day. V. was not expecting me – She thought I was in Chicago.
So here I am in my office. Looking back at the trip as a whole – What I liked, what I disliked. The amount of work I’m going to have to do to triage pictures. The unpacking that I still need to take care of. I highly recommend such a trip. On one hand, the country is beautiful. Most people know that, of course, but packaging all those sights in a single trip made it all the more impactful. Deserts or mountain ranges, hot or cold, big city or nothingness this country has it all. On the other hand, an extended disconnection from home of close to 7 weeks – Which I had never done – put things in perspective. It makes you appreciate what you have home, and it makes you understand what you need and really want. Sure, it doesn’t really compare to backpacking 18 months in south america or biking through asia for 8 months – But if anything, it creates a hunger for that sort of trip, for something else than the day to day, the standard, the socially expected.
I will be posting some stats / facts about our trip later today.