Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Road Trips and Risk

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

My roommate and I are heading out on a road trip to the West coast, leaving the 4th of July. How great that we leave on Independence Day! The two of us and my cat, independently striking out in my Subaru. We have a tentative plan on where we want to go....

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Wow! Sometimes I forget how far east I live. The total miles without any extra little trips is 4,136. So excited! I have been through much of this area before, but it will be new for my roommate and the Grand Canyon and Yosemite will be a first for me as well. Can hardly wait to watch the sun bleed down over the canyon walls.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

My favorite phrase from that quote is "sail away from the safe harbor." I have so many discussions with co-workers on being safe. They hold back from doing so many things because of fear and concern that it just isn't safe enough. I'm always saying, "stop living in fear!" They think I'm so unsafe in everything I do -- sports, traveling overseas alone, hitchhiking, hanging out in the woods and mountains, and even being too honest and assertive in my job. And maybe I'm a bit in the crazy zone with what I'm willing to do, but I really believe that holding back from all risk doesn't do much to grow you and challenge you.

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

So yes, I like to travel the more unconventional way of finding a good corn field to pull my sleeping bag out next to. And take showers by finding a cold creek or lake on the side of the road. 

And I kind of enjoy the adventurous things that can happen on a road trip like getting lost, dealing with a flat tire, running out of gas....those times always make for the best stories later on and relationships are formed with the most unlikely people :) They also usually teach me so much more about life and molding my character to be more relaxed, flexible, and ready for whatever gets thrown my way. You can tackle anything with positivity. 


  1. Couldn't have said it all better myself:) That looks like a super legit road trip! I'm going to have to live vicariously through you for a while.

    1. Justin! Just bought my plane ticket today for your wedding! Can hardly wait to see you...someone who understands my travel ways :)
      So many hours we spent -- poring over and planning possible travel routes through the world :)

  2. Yay for road trips! Sarah, I don't know what your time schedule is like, but if you've got the time, I would highly recommend a more nontraditional route from SLC down to the Grand Canyon through Utah. Hwy 15 will be faster but far less pretty. Here's my proposal, and no pressure, but it would be a far more spectacular drive, especially down near Capital Reef NP, Boulder Mt., Escalante, Bryce, etc. And maybe through in Zion if you've got time, even just to drive through, it's worth it. Anyway, here's a map of a possible route: http://goo.gl/maps/eRiAk If you need a place to stay... well you can stay anywhere in much of Utah, so much BLM land. But I could also hook you up with some friends in Torrey, UT. Let me know if you want. Otherwise, have a fantastic trip! Sounds like a good adventure. I love the quotes you used!

    1. Jared! Thanks so much for that route recommendation! I will definitely look into fitting it in. I have always wanted to spend more time in Utah!

  3. Hope we get to see you when you come through Lincoln. I've made similar road trips, solo, good times!

  4. The Sierras call out to you! Hurry over.