Leaving San Francisco was bittersweet. I feel like I appreciate that special place, more and more each time I visit. Now it was onto a new destination. I made my decision about going to Utah for the rainbow gathering.
I realize that traveling doesn't mean you actually get a lot of "me" time. My brain is always on high energy. Where am I going to sleep tonight? Where should I go? What can I eat on a budget? How can I get some hot food in me?
When I get hosted by generous people, my mind is still racing. I need to participate in my guest duties. That means keeping up a high energy, even when I am exhausted.
When I arrived in Reno, my host had told me to make myself at home however I see fit. I took that opportunity and did just that. Reno, I did nothing but WRITE THIS POST and had a “me” night. I pulled out the couch, made myself comfy and made myself at home.
One of the best things a traveler can hear from a host, in a genuine way, is “Make yourself at home”.
Dinner Made by Chuck at our hosts house
The next day was filled with long stretches of road, on and on and on. Going through Nevada was just as boring as you’d think. After 5 hours of driving, we passed this monument of some sort while driving on the 80 – and thought, let’s turn around and check it out.
This was a bit of a surprise to us. At first this place was a bit creepy. It was just these old structures that looked like they had been built decades ago, with mud, sticks, and bottles. Spoiler alert- it was built with mud, sticks, and bottles. This place was built by a man named Chief Thunder. He built the house with recycled materials that was found within miles around the site. He used there to make buildings, playgrounds, and a school.
It was a great place to learn from, and to see the hard work that was put forth.
Arriving in Salt Lake was one of those times where we felt exhausted, and had low energy. We didn’t have a place to camp, or a roof over our heads for the night. For a few hours, I took a nap. Out of the blue, Chuck had a friend that was in the area- who invited us to come over and hang out. We were parked less than a mile away.
We hung out on the back porch, and it became somewhat of a gathering of friends and neighbors. It was really enjoyable to lounge in a hammock for a few hours. I met some new friends, and some good folk. We had a room to crash in for the night, and I had a new appreciation towards Salt Lake after that night.
The next day we packed out – said our goodbyes and thank yous. We were on our way to the Rainbow gathering in the National Forest – an hour East of Salt Lake.
Hear about my Rainbow Gathering experience in my next post :)