Happy New Year from GreenGreenGrass!
This is the first year I didn't go home for Christmas and so my very first not spending it with my entire family. I needed the break from traveling, but I did miss returning home to the cold midwest air slapping me in the face as I exit the plane. And so, I sat here in LA...
With more than a week off, of course I wasn't going to use it to lay around the house. I dragged my husband on a little road trip and ended up driving more than 1200 miles within a 2-3 day span through Vegas, for a day, and then to Death Valley. I hadn't been Death Valley before and it was close enough to check it out in the limited time we had. I looove unplanned road trips...driving, letting things run into you, rather than you planning what to see.
We arrived in Death Valley during that point in the day when the sky is starting to settle in, while winking at you as are reminder that the sun will soon be retiring. There's this one particular point that we climbed with me in the wheelchair. It wasn't easy, but I didn't want to miss the sunset. I wanted to see what was on the other side of that cliff point. Of course we all know, sunsets in areas with negative population are the most glorious...and so I stood under the Death Valley night sky, wildly unadorned, with color blazes ripping through the secretive sky. It was really beautiful. The innumerable stars were crystal clear. We ended up driving through the entirety of the Valley.
There's alot of things I may not be able to do or areas I can't travel through in life, but the ones I can, you can bet your botttom mario coin that I will find a way to do it and will do it. In fact, I probably drive my husband crazy by how much I want to do. I can't sit still, even though I'm destined for a chair.
When you suddenly can't do something, you realize how important the "can" is. Don't waste your "cans". Don't waste time reading about it, go see it. There is so much to see out there, and all I really, really want to do is see it all. That is all I've ever wanted to do since I was a little girl. I'd daydream that when I was old enough I was going to escape and backpack around the world...alone. I may not be able to do it exactly the way I had daydreamed about as a child, but I still want to do it to whatever degree I can.
Happy New Year! Make it count. Remember, you can do anything and everything! If you want it, it's yours.