April 30, 2013
Arizona-Utah (Navajo Lands) is the most beautiful area I have ever seen. If you want to take a relaxing break from it all and explore what mother earth gave us... I highly recommend this area. Pictures do not do it justice. Research and plan ahead. I will be typing about everything as soon as I can. Today we are hiking Angel's Landing at Zion National Park.
There are almost 7 million people on earth. I strongly believe that if the paths of two of those 7 million cross, there's a reason for it. I believe that every person whom you come in contact with teaches you something and makes you stronger, if you are open to it.
There's many people that have touched my life, the same people that have taught me everything I know. Thanks to them, I have many great stories to share.
This is what this website is about. The stories of my life journey created with the people who I have shared it with. Some of the characters stayed for a day or two, others stayed for years, but regardless of the length of their stay, they were meaningful integral parts of my life.
Photo by: Luis D. Ortiz
Just a little back story about how this roadtrip came to be:I meet my fellow roadtripper Amy at work. I had just moved to Jacksonville, FL from NYC after yet another failed attempt to find a good job (more on that later). We never really talked to each other at all before I became surpervisor (a temp supervisor that is). After a lot of changes in the workplace, temps coming and going, I was promoted and with that position came the duty and opportunity to communicate more and therefore get to know the team better.
We were friendly from the get-go. I looked at Amy like the only person I could really relate to at work; she is young, outgoing, has no kids, loves fashion and has the perfect combination of being funny and professional.
Amy's days as a temp in the office here in Jacksonville were counted. She had to move back to Seattle, WA when her hubby came back from overseas (Navy man). She would drive all the all back to Seattle when the time came. One day, jokingly I said to her I would go with her if I had paid vacations and we would go here and there, do this and that; and that a roadtrip like that had been on my bucket list for a while. I could only dream of making a trip like that under the circumstances I was in, being a temp, with no paid vacations and not knowing when I could be unemployed again. She told me, "hey, it's not everyday an opportunity like this will come your way"... I thought about it for a while, and she was right. What were the chances of me becoming friends with someone that had to drive all the way across the US, that was willing to make it the adventure/vacation of a lifetime and go out of her way more over 2,000 miles to make stops in amazing national parks and cities?
We started planning. I couldn't let this opportunity go by. I bought my plane ticket coming back from Seattle, we got maps, we researched, made reservations, I bought a new camera to document the trip (ebay of course), and even made an excel spreadsheet to keep a record of costs and stay on budget.
After all of the planning, my temporary contract was extended... that was amazing news! This meant I would still have a job and an income for at least a couple of months more. But, now I had to ask my boss if I could take more than 2 weeks off...
Being extremely nervous about it, I did, and he said YES!
Today we are exactly one week away from our departure date and I couldn't be happier.
A couple of days after I decided to go on the trip with Amy, I saw this on Instagram (posted by my good friend Thalia), I saw it as a good sign from the universe:
We can't stop living to make a living. There are only a few things in life you have control of, so I choose to work hard, remain grateful, don't let fear of the unknown take over and stay hopeful. Keep calm and carry on...
Thursday March 21, 2013
Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA.
Friday March 22, 2013
Hamilton Pool, Austin, TX
Drive across Texas
Sunday March 24, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Monday March 25, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Monument Valley (Route 163), UT
Tuesday March 26, 2013
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Wednesday March 27, 2013
Lake Powell, UT-AZ
Thursday March 28, 2013
Zion National Park
Friday March 29, 2013
Salt Lake City
Saturday March 30, 2013
Jackson Hole, WY
Sunday March 31, 2013
Grand Teton National Park, WY
Monday April 1, 2013
Yellowstone National Park, WY-MT
Tuesday April 2, 2013
Glacier National Park, MT
Wednesday April 3, 2012
Drive across Montana and Washington to Seattle
Thursday April 2, 2013
Friday April 3, 2013
SEA -> JAX