Lately I've been getting that itch to go back to old stomping grounds. I love the lakes, pine trees, and rivers here, but recently my mind has been wandering to the desert. To Joshua Tree, to Sedona, to the old ghost towns of Nevada. (Hence the theme of this installment of DIGS + DOG + DUDS.) I've been thinking about how lucky we are to have experienced so many different landscapes in our lives so far, and how many more we will likely see in years to come.
One of my dad's favorite anecdotes to tell about me is from a drive through this beautiful stretch of land, maybe when we were living in North Carolina--I can't remember, but he pointed out how pretty it was to me, and from the back seat a young Claire grumbled, "Kids hate scenery."
Clearly things have changed.
Now to me the idea of a perfect vacation is an open road with Charlie at the wheel, Daisy snuggled in the backseat, and Tom Petty blasting from the speakers. The view from the car window is enough to keep me entertained for hours.
This weekend we are going camping on a beach in a hidden bay accessible only by boat. Nine humans and four dogs will be setting up for two days of fishing, cliff jumping, and swimming. I'm making chili and sangria and breakfast burritos. It's going to feel good to be off the grid for a while.
In closing, I'll leave you with this quote.
"She was a wild woman. She couldn't sit still, happiness came from adventure and the desire to find something or perhaps someone who helped her see everything beautiful in this world. She was like a wildfire out of control." - Yadira Pantoja