The plan was to head out into the wild and to explore the world around for a whole day, to find a vantage point from where I could shoot some incredible Red Super Blue Moon shots that would blow my mind and yours, and to generally be a productive creative.
As you may guess, it didn’t quite happen.
After a rather gruesome night - thanks nightmares, a strange anxiety attack, and persistent hip pain - and an unusually early morning, by the time I would’ve had time to head out to do that amazing hike, I was pooped. The sky turned towards a dull layer of grey anyway, so this amazeballs historical moon would evade my eyes anyway. Yay.
The whole point of the exercise was - and remains - to make me a bit more sane again.
I miss travelling and generally getting lost.
As I have now oh the dread! settled and share my life with not only a loving husband but also an incredibly sweet dog, I do not tend to simply set off and vanish for a few days, weeks, or months at a time. I suppose I could, but I won’t. It wouldn’t be fair on either of them and I like to think of myself as a somewhat considerate person.
This doesn’t mean that the travel bug has subsided, far from it. In fact, I think the very fact that I don’t travel as much as I used to has induced some sort of internal fever, which drives me to the brink of mental disaster every few weeks.
As Christmas 2017 approached and I hadn’t had a “break” from my idyllic little home for months, I was constantly angry and hated everything about this life I have kindly chosen for myself. I was busy hatching an improbable escape plan from my life as we drove an hour and a half to my parents’ but then noticed the anger, anguish, and anxiety slowly dissipate as we moved through the landscape.
So that was all it took.
A bit of landscape shifting.
Knowing myself, this needed to become a regular but feasible event in my life. At first it was going to be a weekend away from home, once a month, but, let's be realistic, that’s never going to happen. So, how about just the last day of the month?
And here we are: today is my first last day of the month.
While the day was not spent discovering the world anew - thanks busy health-related scheduling - I did spend an hour in the morning discovering a place I knew nothing about. It was simply wonderful.
It may have been a short hike but it was one that found me grinning with joy, and that really is the only purpose of this whole new mini venture of mine.
I hope you enjoy the pictures I brought back as much I enjoyed taking them with me.