Hello everyone! I have been slacking a little bit on my editing because the last few weeks have been chaotic to say the least. But, now it's time to get back to work and even more so, back to adventuring-- camera in hand.
I'm really excited about this post, and it's been a long time coming, because this marks my first official camping/float trip. It probably will sound silly of me to go on this trip with zero knowledge or experience sleeping outside (ever... not even in my backyard as a kid), but it became part of my new 100 Day Challenge to take advantage of new opportunities. So, when I was asked to join the trip, I felt like I had to say yes. So I did. Because I owed it to myself to get out of my comfort zone.
There were a lot of things that I was nervous about going into this, which all seem silly now, but being vegan and camping was probably my biggest concern next to sleeping on the ground, spiders, and the lack of being able to shower. Again, sounds really silly. But what did I know!?
The trip consisted of three days total up by Grand Junction, Colorado. We started the trip off in Colorado National Monument, and floated down the river for two days-- Saturday & Sunday, and would end in West Water, Utah. Luckily, we made it to the national park in great time, and was able to hike along the cliffside looking at some of the monuments. I've never seen this side of the west before... desert, hot sun, endless red and orange cliffs. It was stunning. We camped out there for the night, and woke up at 7am to get ready for the first day of the float, which would take us about 6 hours to reach our second camp sight. This area was home to an incredible 2 hour hike that could only be done when the sun was beginning to set because of the heat.
I don't want to divulge too much into the shenanigans that occur on float trip, but rather focus on the fact of trying something new. I'm coming up on my 1 year anniversary of living in Colorado, and I already cannot believe how much I have changed. This time last year, if someone had told me that I would be camping alongside a dirty river heading to Utah... honestly I would've laughed and said f*** that. What I have realized the most while being in a new place, wherever that new place is, you have to give everything at least a try. Just so you know what that experience would be like. Going into this trip, I didn't know if I would like it or hate it, but regardless I needed to do it. Worse case scenario, I would meet more people, and the best case scenario, I would want to do more camping trips.
I ended up having a blast because 1) of the company-- the people were really awesome, and yes I got to meet new friends. 2) I said yes to a new opportunity, and I found something new that I enjoy (minus not showering). 3) There is nothing as breathtaking as seeing an endless starry sky with the moon lighting up the campsite and the river. 4) Feeling truly present while being surrounded by majestic cliff sides, bald eagles, and great company.
I'm so happy that I challenged myself to try something new, and that I continue to build upon my foundation of the person that I strive to be every day. I encourage you all, sometime this week, to do something that you would bring you out of your comfort zone-- no matter how big or small that might be. I promise you'll feel exhilarated.