I dubbed this trip The Decision Trip because I want to be extremely conscious of the decisions I make. The universe is giving me a lot of grist for the mill! I’ve faced a few disappointments that have tested my attitude. First, my GPS decided to take me on a wild goose hunt on Monday. It took me hours off the route I should have taken. When I finally arrived at my hotel, it was in the worst part of town. I had to decide to stay or find another venue. I stayed. As I got ready to settle in for the night, excited about my fossiling adventure the next day, I received an email stating that it had been canceled. I had to decide how that would impact my travels, and I had to deal with my feelings.

I decided to go straight to the Grand Canyon from Bakersfield. I was eager to sleep out under the stars at the campground. When I arrived, all the campgrounds were full! Another disappointment. I decided to stay in a hotel close by. I’ll drive into the canyon tonight and park and sit under the stars. It won’t be the same, but it will have to do.

Now, I am deciding which route to take for the rest of the journey to Georgia. I am longing to go through Colorado but I think it’s best I continue south through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, etc. I’ll post an update tomorrow so anyone on my path can let me know if they’d like to connect.

As I’ve been driving, I’d had a few times of being flooded with emotions. On three occasions I’ve teared up. I was awash in old memories of good times in my life! I remembered the feeling I had when I moved my four children to Basalt, Colorado 17 years ago. (Can it really be that long ago?) We lived there for three years, and they were, by far, hands down, the BEST years of my life! Being alone in a car for ten hours gives one time to sort through a lot of thoughts and feelings!

There’s much I want to share with you, but I am exhausted from 10 hours of driving today. I’m writing notes in a journal and I promise I will share with you once I am off the road and I have the time and energy.I hope that my journey gives you encouragement. When I was tapering, and then after my cold turkey, I was incredibly sick. It took me time, but here I am on my second road trip! We do heal, I assure you.

I’ll post more when I can. I love you all, more than you know.