As we are so very thankful for the beauty of this world, for the place we live, and for the opportunity for adventure, we chose to go camping for a few days over Thanksgiving. We packed the Jeep in the snow and came back with bits of snow flying 3 days later. It did not snow on us while we were camping, but it was below freezing at night and when we woke. It was very much worth it, though! The stars were some of the best we've ever seen. The food was delicious (we packed all the usual to include local turkey and heated it over the camp fire.) The views were more than amazing -- it is Utah, so that is to be expected. We drove up mountain sides on the edges of cliffs, up and up, switchback after switchback, and then down, down, down, still bumping along the edge of the mountains. What we could see from the top of canyon rims (Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park) as a tiny ribbon of road meandering along the canyon floor, was the same road we traveled the next day, getting from those high points in the parks to the canyon floor. We ventured out onto rough roads to see where they would lead. We played bear, a common activity in our family (remember that kids' song, "The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.) We saw so much over every mountain and in every canyon. We discovered petroglyphs and dinosaur bones, spires, and formations of every shape and color. We found natural bridges and arches. It'd probably be easier to list what we did not find over the mountain: shoppers, crowds, noise, hurrying, and distractions.
We hope that your holiday overflowed with love and peace and gratitude for all that we have in our privileged culture. Some have more than others, and some less, but we are all generally blessed with more than we need. We are now in the Advent Season, and hope that you find ways to do less that is stressful and more of what really brings joy to others and builds relationships.
Enjoy some photos of from this weekend -- 4 of them in this post. These are from a canyon near Green River, UT. It was a dirt road, pretty rough, about 20 miles one way, generally following the river. There were two petroglyph panels towards the end of the road. Yes, a posting of petroglyphs is still coming. Photos were taken with Canon 5D MK III and II. I almost always use polarizing filters.
We'd love to hear from you -- What did you do this weekend? What are you thankful for?