After days in the desert, the explosion of green was a welcome sight.
We stopped to admire the street art in Eureka, CA
And we arrived at the place I was most excited to see: the Pacific Ocean.
I do love the sea. ☺️
It’s been a nice trip! We did a long loop, WA-ID-UT-NV-CA-OR-WA, mostly sticking to small towns and state/national parks. We never planned more than one day in advance, except for a two-day stay in Zion so we could hike at the park.
And what am I feeling right now? Appreciation. The USA is very big and very diverse in all senses of the word. P & I have done a fair amount of international travel, yet spending time in rural Utah/Nevada is a cultural experience all its own.
Traveling without an agenda puts me in a mode of low expectations. That frees me up; every small discovery becomes an exercise in delight. The enormous candy store near Death Valley? Suprising and delicious. The haunted hotel and fabulous used bookstore in Tonopah? Quirky and fun. Inspired by the town’s Western vibe, I picked up a cowboy novel to take home. These aren’t places we planned to visit, but I enjoyed bumping into them.
Thanks for following along with my little adventure, blog buddies. I’m back to work on Friday, and looking forward to it.
Have a great day.