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The Open Road Part 2: Solitude and Salt Lake City

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As individuals, I consider we’re a multi-faceted species, and for us to not categorical these sides in ways in which mirror our soul’s true colours can be a disgrace.

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After P weeks of mountaineering with a pal in Red Rocks, Nevada, I started making my means towards Salt Lake City Utah to go to, hike and snowboard with John, my good pal from grad faculty.

The drive to Salt Lake from Vegas isn’t very lengthy (~S hours) however I determined to camp for two nights on my means there for some rest and alone time — to open up the avenues of my thoughts and spirit I hadn’t had time to make use of in Red Rocks.

I really cherish time spent alone. I discovered how necessary it’s whereas in grad faculty the previous P years. For me it’s a type of meditation, the place I can do no matter I need with out having to fret about something or anybody else. I can simply be an observer and be me. It’s refreshing, enlightening and all the time resets me mentally. Quail Lake State Park, the place I camped, was the right place for me to embrace the peace and solitude I was in search of. It was calm and delightful. Having the open expanse of the lake to stare upon whereas I was there made me really feel at residence.

As individuals, I consider we’re a multi-faceted species, and for us to not categorical these sides in ways in which mirror our soul’s true colours can be a disgrace. When I awakened Saturday I was excited to open up these different points of who I am. After espresso and breakfast I did yoga, went for a hike, jumped within the (freezing) lake, wrote a poem, performed guitar, painted, learn and relaxed within the heat solar, letting my thoughts open up in whichever method it happy.

.:Dance of the Wind:.
Disturbance on the lake. Sparkles of the solar reflecting again to me.
The birds fly over. A totally different perspective. Parallax.
Closer to me the skinny branches of the rooted desert tree shake and sway. It comes alive.
And nearer but, the foxtails so mild like earth-rooted feathers vibrate drunkenly forwards and backwards.
And then to me, cooling the spot on my chest the solar had shone to heat.
The dance of the wind.

It felt good to precise myself creatively, to seek out the liberty to swap forwards and backwards with out judgment or rush. I slept outdoors in my hammock that night time beneath the moon and stars.

After waking up with the solar Sunday morning I began driving in the direction of Salt Lake, taking the scenic route by way of Zion National Park. I’d deliberate on assembly associates in Zion on the finish of March (a future submit) so I was okay with solely getting a glimpse of the park and never getting out of my automotive.

And holy shit. What a glimpse it was.

It was simply, as if no more, unimaginable than everybody had advised me. My mouth hung open as I tried to not crash whereas driving by way of this lovely, large, pure wonderland. I was past stoked to get to return again to Zion with an excellent chunk of time to discover, climb and canyoneer in just some weeks.

My awestruck face driving via Zion.

After driving via the mountains of central Utah, stopping ceaselessly for issues value photographing, I came across Salt Lake as the complete moon rose behind the Wasatch Mountains.

Though apparently dismal for this time of yr, seeing the snow made me excited for the change of surroundings and exercise from climbing within the purple sandy desert to snowboarding within the white winter mountains.

After burritos and catching up with John I took an excellent, a lot-wanted bathe and slept in a mattress for the primary time in over P weeks.

Over the course of every week we skied (John)/snowboarded (me) at A totally different resorts round Salt Lake without spending a dime because of a few of his superb job perks. He took me touring or backcountry snowboarding/cut up boarding up Pink Pine Ridge in Little Cottonwood Canyon, simply quarter-hour from his home. Touring was one thing I’d by no means executed earlier than however all the time needed to attempt. I fell (lots) making an attempt to make my method up the mountain with the awkward-feeling skis and skins hooked up to my ft. Sometimes I’d assume I’d made it efficiently up and over a steep part solely to start out sliding backwards down the hill, onto my stomach and into some timber. It was difficult, irritating and humbling however the views and recent tracks coming down the mountain made it an extremely rewarding expertise.

On a whim at some point (as an alternative of God forbid, paying for a carry ticket) we determined to go take a look at Salt Lake – just like the precise lake. It’s one thing I assume lots of people overlook about once they come to Salt Lake City, regardless of it being the town’s namesake. John, and it appeared like many different locals, had by no means been there regardless of rising up close by. When we acquired there I was baffled by that reality. The lake is expansive and its reflection is sort of a good mirror of the heavens above. Sometimes it was onerous to inform the place the water ended and sky started. It’s shallow too – you’ll be able to wade out 100 yards in locations and be solely knee-deep.

After testing the lake we continued up a path for a hike on Antelope Island. Bathtub rings from the previous Salt Lake, ‘Lake Bonneville’, over 14,000 years in the past, made completely flat trails for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.

Bathtub rings from the previous Lake Bonneville may be seen throughout Salt Lake

We watched the sundown earlier than heading again right down to the automotive. Coming to the lake was a complete deal with, one which neither of us anticipated to be so fantastic. I extremely advocate spending a day at Salt Lake and Antelope Island.

It was a stunning week catching up with John, enjoying within the mountains, making dinners in an precise kitchen, being clear and sleeping in a mattress… however I was excited and able to embark on my subsequent journey, to embrace some solitude in Moab, Utah, exploring and immersing myself within the desert and in Arches National Park.

Read the and of Camille’s adventures!


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