Tuesday, May 27, 2008
dark and stormy.
I'm in SLC right now and, as usual, I'm loving it. It's amazing that, while growing up here, I was always itching to get out of this town. Now that I've left, it seems I can't wait to get back. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with Lee living here but there's another aspect to Utah that I took for granted while living here. Today, Lee and I went on a ride on the Bonneville shoreline trail thru Dry Creek and the 'U' and it couldn't have been more spectacular. The rain from yesterday had cleared, leaving behind beautifully brilliant blue skies and wild flowers galore. The trail was devoid of riders so he and I had it all to ourselves. At one point Lee stopped and picked a 'black-eyed susan' wildflower and handed it to me.... with Mt. Olympus in the background and the blue-bird sky above, it was a Kodak moment, for sure. Experiences like this make me realize that the beaches of Santa Monica are a transient place for me. I am grateful for my Southern California experiences but I realize that I crave more from the city I live in.
I can't explain my love for this state but it's something that is innate in me. I'm sure other Utah natives can relate to the sense of pride that comes with being from one of the most conservative yet unquestionably hip states in the nation. I find that every time I come back here it becomes harder and harder for me to leave. Someday I hope to plant roots in Salt Lake City and stay here indefinitely.
The timeline for my return to Utah is undetermined at this point due to upcoming opportunities and adventures but I plan to someday return to the Beehive State to plant roots that will keep me here for a very, very long time.