Last summer I took a two-week trip to Denver, Colorado and roadtripped over to Moab, Utah. I was originally planning on just staying in Denver to scope out the job situation and see my friend Jayme, a fellow humanitarian and the co-founder and executive director at the nonprofit Far Away Friends, but while looking for places to stay on Couchsurfing I saw a post from a solo traveler looking for people to join her on a 15 day roadtrip, starting in Denver, working through tons of national parks on the way to San Francisco. So I joined in!
Our caravan consisted of moi, a recent college graduate going through an all too typical early 20s existential crisis, Lily from France, who worked remotely in digital marketing, and Jojo also from France, who quit his job to embark on a 2-year long around the world trip (and had also sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a 2 month long trip on a catamaran, no big deal). We spent one night sleeping at a public playground, washed our dishes using the hose behind a gas station, bathed in the lake pictured in the top photo, nearly started a wildfire, went on some extremely hot hikes, and saw Arches and Canyonlands National Park. I was extremely tempted to blow off work and my return flight home and to join Lily and Jojo on their way to SF, but instead I was responsible and took a GreyHound (never again) from Utah back to Denver to make my flight home. As for the existential crisis, I didn’t really figure anything out during that time, but I sure did see some beautiful stars. I’m really grateful that the past year has been filled with so many adventures.