So I did the thing…

IMG_3944…that you’re not supposed to do with blogs. I let it sit.  I took a road trip (Road Trip!) to Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons almost a month ago and just now am getting back to blogging. Vacation was fun but tapped me out creatively.  I did tuck a legal pad alongside my seat and optimistically thought I’d sketch out a few story ideas during the long miles across South Dakota.  I think I wrote for about twenty minutes once on an eight day trip.

Granted, the scenery was gorgeous and I didn’t want to spend all my time with my nose to the page. But more than that, the act of traveling required all of my creative efforts to navigate maps, adjudicate never-ending squabbles in the back seat and watch for bears on the road.  (We saw 3 bears! So cool!)

One of my wise friends pointed out that there is something unique in how traveling binds you together as a family, even when everyone’s hungry and stuck in crazy wicked Jackson, WY traffic and mad because mini golf doesn’t open for another week.  We may have turned on each other occasionally but we also forged new bonds as we navigated a sometimes-hostile, indifferent world together.

I would have preferred bringing some of my characters along for the ride, but it was enough to share this with the real live people in my life.  We sure would have liked to play some mini golf, though.

Bonus: I had fun pretending I was a nature photographer and fiddling with the knobs and buttons on my camera.  Aperture! ISO! I don’t really know what they do, but I know how to mess with them.  Enjoy some of my efforts.

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