Road Trip

This is a small message, a brief stop along the mile post that is my writing life and, of course, real life. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks helping prepare my daughter’s new house for occupancy while attending to my own obligations, including participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.

Whew! Exhaustion.

All the work culminated in a road trip to Salt Lake City to retrieve the belongings she has in storage there. I’m fortunate, for all I had to do was be supportive and drive now and again. No loading. No unloading. Just watching and looking after the granddog, Miya. Sweet little Miya, who’s blind and doesn’t act like anything is wrong.

I’ll touch more on Camp NaNoWriMo more a different week, but I’ll say here that the story I chose to tackle has stirred my writing blood more than any other in many years. It’s more than a decade since I last attempted a new fantasy novel and I believe now it’s a change that was past due. There’s even a new map in the works! Even on days when I’d be cleaning from morning until night and struggling to maintain my O2 saturation I’d come home and find a way to write. The only struggle was remaining upright, for the story was flowing swiftly and the real work was turning off the tap when it was time to step away late at night.

Here’s a glimpse of the trip:

Photo: CA Hawthorne

The storage area south of Salt Lake with the towering peaks in the background. There are problems there with pollution becoming trapped in the bowl-like valley and my lungs noticed it right away. Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Another view from the storage facility. Such a wondrous setting, but when we headed north the next morning the brown haze was heavy. Sad. Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

We made a brief stop to view the ancient lava flows in eastern Idaho on the way home. This was the landscape for a great distance. Amazing. Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

With Miya, who’s visited more places than most dogs ever have the opportunity to visit. Photo: CR Hunt

3 Replies to “Road Trip”

  1. Pingback: Road Trip | Christina Anne Hawthorne

  2. Looks like a beautiful trip, even though you had an agenda. Those mountains look amazing Christina. Good luck with your writing, sometimes when we take a break it feels even better when we return.

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