four years ago today [2012.11.04]
i woke up in the mojave desert this morning. i had backed into a small area i had seen off the side of the road the night before. after a little bumpiness getting out, i went further into the desert to explore. i saw joshua trees and shot a 360 degree rotating video clip like i had experimented with the day before.
i then continued along past the mojave and entered nevada. i was on my way out of california. this was day 60 of my journey of life on the road, and i had spent the past 3.5 weeks exploring california. at some point i decided i was going back to florida. i'd been wanting to find some land and it was expensive in california. and the truck camper was feeling too small for full time living.. i think it would've been a big help if i had a better shower that i didn't have to set up each time i used it and wasn't carrying as much gear with me. i also wanted to be part of a community again and knew people back in florida, including an old friend in need of help.
i had planned out a path zig-zagging my way through all the remaining contiguous states west of the mississippi that i hadn't yet taken my truck camper to. i had to make it quickly as i was going to be flying to chicago to help my friend with his business after i got home.. at some point on my journey home he ended up pushing back the date as he was moving. had i known ahead of time, i would've taken a little longer to travel back east.. like the journey west, i did find myself rushing to make it across the country. some days i drove pretty much all day.
in nevada, i drove down part of the las vegas strip and i think i stopped for a sub after. i then headed to zion national park. i'd never been to utah and was excited to check it out. i briefly passed through arizona on the way there though would be back the next day to explore it. i made it to zion in the afternoon and explored during the little daylight that remained. it was really beautiful and definitely one of the places i could've stayed longer. i found a spot where i had a great view of the stars over one of the rock formations towering above where i was in the canyon below.