Has a vacation ever restored your creative energy? Sometimes all you need is a change of routine, new scenery, and to be surrounded by your people. I found all kinds of inspiration during a recent western road trip.
When my son, Kelly, and his fiancé, Leksy, invited my husband, Danny, and me to their engagement party, we decided not to fly. Instead, we studied a map, packed the car, and road-tripped from Boulder County to Laguna Beach. We took the scenic route.
First, we stopped in Sedona, Arizona to visit Danny’s sister and brother-in-law. Imagine the waterways that drifted through the area and carved up the sandstone. Wow!
After two wonderful nights, we hit the road again. I had hoped to see some saguaros along the road to Laguna. We saw hundreds of them. They are massive. OUCH!
Once we arrived at Laguna beach, we hit the beach, of course. There’s nothing quite like the sound of crashing waves to soothe the soul.
So many warm and friendly people attended the engagement party.
I had convinced myself that I was an introvert since I am always wiped out after socializing. But I’m still riding the high-energy wave, and it was weeks ago! The difference is remarkable when you surround yourself with those who make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
After a fabulous celebration, we made our way north.
Food on the West Coast usually lives up to expectations, but hummus and chips never look like this. Eating at the Malibu Farm Café on the Malibu Pier is always a treat.
After a quick trip, it was time to rev up the engine again.
We decided to drive to The Grand Canyon on the way home. We didn’t have time to hike, but the views caught my breath, and the breeze almost stole my hat.
I had fun with a video on Instagram. THOSE ROCKS! Turn up the sound and check out the VIEWS! 🤣
We entered a land of strange rock formations that randomly dotted the landscape. This picture was taken through the window.
We even passed a fake arch! Pretty good for a driveby shot. The real arch in Arches National Park wasn’t visible from the road in Moab, but the line of cars driving to it was very real.
Another six hours and we arrived home. Whew!
Moab is only six hours from Boulder County. I would like to head back this summer to recharge my creative battery. I bet I can find more of my people there.
Do you have any planned vacations? Any road trips? Have you been to The Grand Canyon or Sedona?