This post was originally written on 12/06/17
Drive to Utah
I drove a lot today. A lot a lot. Thinking about it now, I’m not actually sure how I spent the entire day driving. According to the map, my trip should’ve taken around four hours and yet I didn’t get into Springdale, UT until sunset. Granted, I did putz around at a hotel near the Grand Canyon’s south rim until the last minute before check out. I still wasn’t ready to be out in below freezing weather.
Remember yesterday when I remembered science? Sure enough, as I was packing up my car, I found all the water jugs frozen solid but still intact. My sunscreen was also a nice chemical-y slush which was an invigorating way to start the morning.
Much like last night when I fell onto my bed and cursed at it for being so comfortable, I also cursed unreasonably at the Utah landscape for daring to exist in such a glorious way. It was mind-boggling to see and I might have cried if my brain had been able to catch up to what it was witnessing.
I stopped by the Grand Staircase and stared, awed, and then got really mad. 1 By this time the sun was already setting and there was a lot of road construction so I wasn’t able to stop for long. I really hope I don’t regret that. Then I drove down into Zion National Park. Like, drove down into it, which I didn’t know you could do. Let’s be honest, the only part of this trip that was ever planned was the endpoint… even the starting point was undecided until two weeks before I left.
There was very little light in the depths of Zion NP by the time I made it through the long tunnel 2 and I was only able to get a little bit of usable footage. I encountered a herd of reportedly elusive Bighorn Sheep gathered on the other side of a tight corner so please take those 20 mph signs seriously. A light horn tap will usually send them on their way.
And then I was standing at the bottom of Zion, in off-season silence, watching the last of the sun’s rays sink behind towering red cliffs.
I think this is what I want to do.
I’ve known I was leaving my directionless “career” to get back into digital media but before I couldn’t tell you what, why, or where. Sometimes I would say “to work for Buzzfeed” as a goal 3 but I didn’t know what that meant. As I drove and took in the landscape, made choices on what to video and not video, reviewed footage at the end of the day and wrote blurbs, I realized: this is what I want to do.
I want to work for a docu-style travel series. Photo, video, writing – you’ve got your triple-threat right here. So, here I am, putting that want out into the universe.
Anyone know where they keep those job posts?
- Mad, you say? But why? Angry click here for anger.
- There’s a long f’ing tunnel by the way, with no lights and no lay-bys and it feels like you’re driving into the center of the earth. Incredible, yes! Horrifying when unexpected, YES!
- What’s up, Buzzfeed?