Vague Destinations

Vague Destinations

I left off in may last post, leaving Tucson on our way to Las Vegas. The thing with this trip, along with many others, we’ve learned not to get bogged down in the details. Before our Great Roadtrip of 2013, which I’ve touched on in previous posts, I was a bit of a planner, every detail had to be ironed out and it honestly got to be too much when planning a two week trip with nowhere specific to be at any point in time. So what did we do… wing it of course. It was a great trip, despite its hiccups and ever since, I’ve been more of the research the possibilities and then see where we end up type.

This trip had a few destinations, centered around specific interview times and places, but was otherwise like most of our trips. Get up in the morning and see where the road takes us. When we left Tucson on a Friday evening, we had nowhere to be until Monday morning. We had discussed where we could go during this time, but hadn’t really solidified anything due in part to the fluctuating weather in the area. Northern Arizona is one of those places, like the Midwest, when it comes to winter weather, maybe cool and pleasant, maybe freezing with two feet of snow. Thankfully on this trip, it was the former. Our late departure and empty stomachs meant we were only going to get so far before we’d be stopping for the night. We aren’t much into the nightlife scene so our brief stop in Phoenix was just long enough to enjoy dinner and then we were off again. We would make our way on to beautiful Sedona for the night. Continue reading “Vague Destinations”

Going the extra mile… or three

Going the extra mile… or three

This past October, my wife and I needed a break. She had just completed a very stressful two month rotation at school and it was no walk in the park for the rest of the family either. During this same time, my step-father passed away after a battle with cancer. His passing was sudden and unexpected. It was one of those moments where you take stock of your situation and consider a great many things.

We knew that after her rotation we would like to take some time to get away and unwind, but during the lead up to our break, we nearly scrapped our plans to take a trip for a variety of reasons. After my step-father’s passing, we decided that we needed to go. Life is just too short to let some  things stand in your way of enjoying it.

So, with the weight of the situation on us, we decided that we would take our trip. After deciding on a few of the details, our flight was booked, rental car was reserved and bags were packed. This trip was one that we had been hoping to take for several years. Going back to over three years ago, when we were beat by the sunset to Arches National Park. Continue reading “Going the extra mile… or three”