To enjoy the road

Three months prior to the trip, my father passed away suddenly. We were extremely close and I was devastated. I was in so much pain that the only way I could deal with it was to not talk about him. At all. We were very close, both shared a love of nature and adventures, and loved hiking, unlike the rest of the family. We believed hiking connected you to Mother Earth and the Now. I went to Bryce Canyon to push myself with the longest hike I had ever done up to that point, distract myself, and avoid my pain. What I found instead was my dad. I saw him in every breathtaking view, every solitary hoodoo, and every turn in the road. He always said it wasn’t about the destination but the journey. To enjoy the road and what’s around the bend.

Contributed by: Vivien Larios | Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA | Feature image:”Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon” by jpkrone is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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