Is it an oxymoron to use impulsive and planning both in a sentence? Well thats sort of how I live my life. First I’m impulsive then I plan.
We were camping a few weeks ago and this thought popped into my head: Utah. Hmmm… Utah. Yes! Utah! I brought it up to my husband and he said “Utah?”. I mentioned the idea to my daughter and she said “Utah?”. It was too late though – I was already on the track to planning this and there wasn’t much their skepticism could do to stop the train.
By nature, I’m a very impulsive person. I try so hard to keep myself organized and focused but sometimes I become so compelled to do something that I can’t stop myself. This is how I ended up packing my family into a rented (yellow) Hyundai Veloster and driving 2500ish miles over the course of 9 days.
Part of the reason for the trip is that I am serious about maintaining my bucket list. I believe deeply that life is meant to be lived and the best way to experience the world is to get out there in it. One of my key US bucket list items is to visit all 50 states (22 to go!) so I set my sights on Utah.
Utah has five national parks so I knew that there would be a lot of incredible scenery to explore. Before I started to do any research, I was sure that I wanted to visit Arches National Park and Zion National Park so I built the trip around these destinations. As I started to map the trip out, I realized that I would be near Antelope Canyon in Arizona so I had to include it. I’ve been to Arizona before but Antelope Canyon wasn’t yet on my radar. More recently, I’ve seen a lot of photos of this slot canyon that was absolutely spectacular. The colors and shapes of the canyon were amazing so I added it to my bucket list. Then we also added the Grand Canyon for good measure (I mean, its the Grand Canyon). Once it was mapped, all that was left was to find hotels near the destinations and figure out any delicious food we had to eat.
Then we were off.