I Will Be Glad

“This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

To date, my husband and I have been blessed to have visited 34 of a total 59 U.S. National Parks. Wow. It’s been an amazing experience so far. While we’ve tried to focus on the Parks, we were distracted by other places as well. Along our most recent journey…Las Vegas, the Golden Gate Bridge, various stops along Route 66, Tombstone AZ, to name a few.

Previously, I’ve tried to blog about each place we visited. At this point, that seems like something that will take a while to accomplish, although I haven’t given up on the thought. Today, though, I’m feeling the glory of our latest 2-month road trip as a whole. It’s almost overwhelming and I’m humbled to have had this opportunity.

Over the course of two months this year, April and May, we hiked through portions of 13 National Parks with a pick-up truck and a 16-foot travel trailer as our home. Our path began in Texas, moved into New Mexico, Arizona, the great state of California, and back home to Texas.

From the hot and dust-filled mountains of Big Bend to the wonder of the Big Room at the Carlsbad Caverns, to the Joshua Trees surrounded by the light of Palm Springs, to the shining tropical delights of the Channel Islands, and back into the dust and gravel of Death Valley, the Grand Canyon in all of its grandeur, and to the alternate universe known as the Petrified Forest. How can I possibly convey the feeling of looking up at El Capitan at Yosemite, or how small one is made to feel when standing next to a giant Sequoia tree immersed in heavy fog? It’s really not possible. Unless you’ve been there, you can only imagine, but I wish every person the joy of seeing these places with an open heart and eyes of wonder.

This life, in retirement, is so different from my former life in a corporate office building in what I now often refer to as a ‘civilization’ far, far away. Do I miss it? No, I don’t, and that has to make me a little sad knowing how much of my life was focused there.

The earth breathes, and it is beautiful.

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