We’ve been on a hiatus. Welcome back!
In November, we took a family trip to Indianapolis and DC. It was the most patriotic trip we’ve experienced. We had a blast attending a friend’s wedding – being from Utah, we were shocked a wedding could be that much fun. (I’m requesting a wedding do-over. I mean, we didn’t even have Pinterest!) Then we traveled to DC and saw all the monuments, took a White House tour, visited museums and watched one of the most historic elections in recent history. Everything changed.
We came back home to discover my boss and his boss had been fired and forced to resign respectively. There was no longer a clear direction, or point really, to my position and I was let go within a week.
It was holiday-chaos season by then and I put off finding a new job. Then Trump was inaugurated as the new leader of our country and it felt clear to us that I should devote my time to social and political activism.
This blog took time on the back burner. I was burnt out from politics, Sean was burnt out from work and, frankly, blogging felt petty in comparison to all the issues we’re passionate about. It’s been disheartening.
Then, our friend, Kevin, invited us to Moab with him over a weekend. A quick getaway to sand and red rocks sounded like something we needed. It was, and I’ve never been more thankful to live in a place where a “staycation” has so many possibilities.
For all the times we’ve been to Moab, it’s surprising there’s always something new to us.
We took an off-road trail into Arches in Kevin’s Jeep. Saw some dinosaur footprints along the way, which was awesome. This was Annie’s first off-road experience and during a particularly steep crawl, she asked if we were going to die. We responded philosophically with, “Yes. Someday.” Parenting.
Once inside Arches, we did a short but steep scramble near Park Avenue. It was my favorite part of our trip. The route is used for canyoneering, but as we weren’t prepared for rappelling, we just went back down the same scramble. The approach is a ton of fun and the views up top are incredible.
We visited two arches we’d never seen before: Sandstone and Broken. Just like Double Arch and Windows, these two are incredibly accessible. Not sure why we’d never seen them before.
The scramble near Park Avenue wiped us all out, and our little cabin was full of snoring by 8PM that night. We slept in the next morning and ate a big breakfast before checking out Corona and Bowtie Arches. These two aren’t in the Arches Park, and they were also incredibly easy to get to. It was a great way to end our quick trip.
Annie comes alive in Moab, like nowhere else. This is her playground. Seeing her like this reminded me of why we started the blog in the first place. We want to share, encourage and possibly inspire more people to explore and discover their own sacred places. Whether that’s through traveling, cooking, reading, making music or just playing video games.
National Parks are a big part of our life. If you’d like to support them, visit more often! If you’d like to support them and snag some sweet art, check out 59parks. We just bought a large print of Capitol Reef. That park holds a lot of family history for me and the art was created by one of my all-time art heroes: Claire Hummel.
Is there a place or activity that rejuvenates you? Inspire us in the comments!