• Sara J

Summer 2021 Highlights

As the unofficial end of summer has come and gone, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the season.

This was certainly the most interesting summer I've experienced in possibly my lifetime.

My husband and I took to the road in late May and headed west. We were on the trip for just over three weeks and traveled from New York to Los Angeles, via the southern route. One could say that traversing the desert in the warmer months would not be a particularly smart move, and to those I would say, yes, you are correct. Ten out of ten would not recommend! However, as many things in life go, one has to experience life for themselves and learn their own lessons. With all of that said, however, we had a trip of a lifetime!

The highlights:

Joshua Tree has held a special place in my soul since witnessing its beauty in 2008. Since then, I've dreamed of returning. It did not disappoint. The rock formations are magnificent and photographs simply do not do it justice.

My favorite destination, however, was Sedona. I'm not sure what I believe when it comes to vortexes, but if such a thing exists, there is no doubt in my mind, that it exists in the magic and beauty of Sedona!

The most disappointing roadside attraction was Cadillac Ranch. The hyped-up semi-destination was filled with people, even in the immense heat of the day. The entire area smelled of spray paint and catching a decent photo proved to be difficult. I feel as if this would be an amazing sight to see an sunrise or at a time when less people litter the space.

On the other hand, the Petrified Forest/ Painted Desert exceeded any expectation we had. The eeriness and desolation of the landscape was unprecedented.

I have only one big regret on this trip: time. We simply did not have enough of it. We spent the days driving and had little time to stop to explore and photograph. Lessons learned for next time!

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