All Good Things Must Come to an End.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”    -C.S. Lewis 

Thursday evening I arrived back at home here in Baltimore after the most amazing 10 days of my life.  I ventured across the country, explored the California coast, discovered the Vegas lights, and walked along the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon.

When all was said and done, I knocked numerous things from my bucket list in a short time period and I put a little over 2,000 miles on the rental car.  The experience was one that I will never be able to replace, and without sounding too dramatic, in a way it was life altering.  I saw and experienced things I never thought I would.

Venturing to California on my own was a big feat for me.  I have never really traveled on my own and I had never been out west before (at least not within recent memory.)  While my friend who resides in Cali was at work, I discovered beaches and sights on my own.  It was pretty amazing.  We hiked to waterfalls and through redwood forests.  I watched a California sunset and found desolate beaches where seals covered the rocks.

After departing California, I made the 6 hour drive to Vegas to pick up my family.  My dad and his fiance got married (so I saw my first Vegas wedding!) I gambled in Vegas (I didn’t have  a lot of money so I was very stingy about what I spent) for the first time.  I also zip lined in Fremont!  I am TERRIFIED of heights so this was a HUGE step for me!  I was petrified when I got to the top of the platform, but once the guy pushed me forward, I had an incredible time!  It was such an awesome experience.

On my last day, I drove with my sister in law to the Grand Canyon.  We stopped off on route 66 where I played the tourist role and picked up a couple of Route 66 postcards to commemorate the moment.  It was about 4 hours to get to the Grand Canyon and it was totally worth it.  I saw the canyons for the first time and even stayed to watch the sunset.

This trip helped me see a lot of things.  It helped me realize that I can do many things on my own and still enjoy myself.  It made me realize how much I LOVE the western portion of the United States.  It also made me realize how beautiful life is in other parts of our country.  While as a military brat I have done a lot of traveling, this was by far the best traveling I have done…..aside from living in Hawaii back in 1999 of course.  😉

I hope to do much more traveling in the near future, even if it means on my own.  Who knows, maybe I will find myself living out west in the near future.

Live your life and see the world!

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My name is Jennifer and I am an artist/photographer/designer/traveler.

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