It’s time to hit the road and explore again but it’s hard to leave the small town we’ve lived just outside for almost seven months. Several years ago there was an obscure video game where the player controlled a rolling mass, sending it in any direction while everything in its path stuck to its surface - think of a growing snowball with velcro. That’s how I see life on the road the past 23 months - collecting experiences, friends, and memories everywhere we’ve parked our trailer.
We’re not the adventurers that several of our friends are but sometimes being outside was good enough. Sometimes staying put a couple seasons to make new friends and learn the rhythms of a small town can result in a different way of living - something off one’s old path, especially to former suburbanites like my wife and myself. Oh sure, small town residents have many of the same ups and downs of big town residents but life is stripped down to a level of simplicity that eliminates the superfluous distractions…and there’s worth in that. Take some time and go find your Escalante. It’s worth it.
(This is more of a personal thank you video to our friends. Many of these photos have been posted elsewhere but I thought I’d post the video anyway because it offers some local flavor of Escalante.)