It was a great moment this morning when I realized that it is less than two months until we leave for our Utah adventure. Time to get down to business and Get Planning!!
I spent the morning looking at pictures of Utah while snow continues to fall. Certainly a good choice on a snowy winter day! I saw perfect photos of peoples perfect moments in time. What never shows in the pictures, is what it takes in planning and preparation to get to that point. How much planning did it take to find that perfect spot? Or did they just happen upon it during their travels? Were their days blissful or filled with anxiety and stress about where they would be camping next ? Did they save for an entire year for those brief moments in time, forgoing living each individual day?
For me, I know that I feel totally alive when exploring, and learning all that a new area has to offer. Sometimes it is the discovery of something I didn't even know existed the day before. Sometimes just the quiet moments breathing in the still air and atmosphere of a new place. Something that is never experienced when cruising down the interstate at 6o plus miles per hour.
In general, I have difficulty with the planning stage. I am a pretty spontaneous person and detailed plans make me feel boxed in. Reservations cause me to constantly be looking to the next destination, watching the clock and missing the present moment. I like general plans with destinations in mind with the freedom to adjust as I go. Since many park systems rely completely on reservations it is difficult for me to adjust to this type of travel. I prefer the idea of boondocking but lack some of the confidence in finding boondocking spots. Utah however has a whole landscape of boondocking possibilities (according to my scources and blogging buddies) .
Some key spots I am looking into are:
Antelope Island near Salt Lake
Capitol Reef National Park
Arches National Park'
Canyonlands National Park
I intend to spend the majority of my time near Moab as there is so much to see and do in the area. I prefer to set up a base camp and then venturing out without the trailer for drives and hikes. No telling how far out from these ideas I will roam. I wish that I had time to go on to Zion and Bryce but those will probably wait for another trip..... I would rather see less and see it well than feel rushed. I keep hearing that I could spend years in Utah alone and not see it all. I have so much to see and experience.
It is not the stuff that is so neatly packed away that is the issue, but rather the items that have to be moved to get to the stuff behind them each and every time something is needed. As soon as this round of snow is gone I look forward to spending some time in the trailer doing some reorganizing. It will be a good time to check over supplies and equipment to ensure everything will be ready to good to go. I will look at everything with fresh eyes and evaluate if it is truly needed. It might be kind of fun to travel light. I'll give it some more thought.
I never in my life thought I would be shoveling snow.... but it has continued to fall in spite of my disdain.... I am so over the beauty of the snow.