A Beautiful Day of Unexpected
One of my favorite things about travel are those unexpected things and places you encounter along the way. A couple of months ago I wrote about Nis, Serbia and what a profound impact that city had on me. It was just a place we stopped at in route from one to another, but it was also so much more.
Of course, the unexpected comes forth in so many other ways while traveling as well. This weekend I am up in Salt Lake City to ride a new roller coaster at Lagoon, their local family run theme park. This is my 3rd visit to Salt Lake and I wanted to make a point of actually seeing the lake.
We started the morning heading out to the State Park and taking in views of the blue water. It was nice and a great start to the day. Then we made a fantastic decision. My friend is an avid skier and had noticed that a local resort called Snowbird has a number of summer attractions including a few rides. Before long we had hopped in the car and were on our way up into the mountains.
Up and up we went seemingly into the clouds until we arrived at a spectacular place. For me, the day’s lesson of the unexpected was all about beauty. We bought an all day ticket and rode their mountain coaster and other rides, but more importantly we simply enjoyed the stunning surroundings. We hiked, we laughed and we enjoyed the day.
The world is complicated and beautiful in so many different ways. Today’s beauty was the dumb kind. The kind where wildflowers growing on the hillside touch something deep inside of you. The kind that almost everyone can see. It wasn’t as deep or complicated as the beauty I have found elsewhere, but it was just as fulfilling. Deeply fulfilling in every single way.
On this day I enjoyed friends, fun and nature. A combination that has been rarer in my life over the past few months and one that I am reminded should be pursued more often. What a great Saturday. As I told my friend when he joked about me clumsily falling off a cliff while hiking, “I love living too much!” Have a great evening!