"You need an adventure, not a vacation."
Granted, my idea of "adventure" is pretty tame compared to most. For our river guide yesterday, it means rock-climbing up a cliff that has never been climbed before. For me, it means a new place, with some amazing natural beauty, and maybe a bit of outdoor activity; it's a trip that doesn't involved visiting friends or family in their natural habitats. But it also means finding a coffee shop and taking some time to reflect on why I need this adventure and what has happened so far.
Then my friend and I were off to acquire our rental car. After a cordial battle with the rental car agent (why is it always SO difficult to get what you actually reserved at a rental car company? No, I don't need the extra horsepower, Mr. Agent Man. Why do you assume that since I'm a girl I won't understand that you're trying to fleece me?)
Our drive up to the town of Estes Park was dark. We couldn't see the mountains that we knew we were driving into. Then to the hotel to crash, which wasn't that easy for me; when you're used to sleeping alone, it's a little weird to be in the same room with another person.
Which brings me to the awesomeness of the particular friend I am traveling with. This is a friend that I know from business school, but we weren't in the same class. In fact, we have gotten to know each other via conferences, serving on a board together, and some involved facebook chats. So when I tossed this out to the facebook universe a few months back:
I'm thinking of visiting a National Park this summer. Anyone wanna join me?
I didn't really think I'd get a response. But this friend said she was in and thus began a planning process that took too long but eventually led us here. And so far, we seem to be good traveling companions. Neither of us seem to be terribly agenda driven, and I think we both need this break for different reasons. All that is to say, I slept better last night.
So as I sit here enjoying the buzz of conversation, the clean light and the blue, blue Colorado sky from my coffee shop corner, I don't really know why adventure is what I need right now. It might be that a lot of things in my life feel stalled at the moment, and out here, at least, everything is new and beautiful. It might be that nagging feeling that time is moving too fast, and there are too many things I haven't seen and done yet. Or maybe it's just that I miss the mountains.
Whatever it is, I can't wait to see what happens next.