I spent my Easter break in the Grand Canyon.
Okay, that’s not completely accurate. I spent 90 hours in a car heading to the Grand Canyon, before having a brief two-day excursion hiking in the Grand Canyon overnight.
Over $600 was spent on gas, multiple Subway footlongs were shared and over 15 energy drinks were consumed.
I’ve had a lot of wanderlust this past year. I’ve been lucky to do a decent amount of world traveling in my twenty years, both with family and through John Carroll programs. To combat this constant and ever growing wanderlust, I decided to head off on an adventure instead of going home for Easter.
Most (normal) people fly out to Arizona; but in my infinite wisdom, I decided to drive across eight states. Google Maps says is a 30-hour drive. What a lie.
Despite completely underestimating the drive, I have seen few beautiful sights comparable to the Grand Canyon. Where I was able to look up at the stars and moon, without light pollution, framed around the canyon walls with the sound of the Colorado River rushing in the background.
I’m upset that I wasn’t able to spend Easter Break with my family, but I’m so glad that I took this chance to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
I wouldn’t change a thing: not the 90 hours in a car; not the exact change tolls in Oklahoma; not the sprained ankle ten minutes into the hike; and not the creepy, falling apart motel room in Texas with a ringing telephone that had no one on the other line.
Having wanderlust is not cheap. Dreaming beyond where you are is difficult, especially when you want to go beyond your means. Sometimes other great opportunities will be missed out on, like seeing your family.
But trust me, when you’re finally at your destination and are gazing at that place that took you so long to get to, and cost just a little bit more than you expected, you realize that it’s all worth it.
I can only hope that your loved ones were as understanding about your own desires to see the world, as much as mine were.
And, I bet once you follow your own wanderlust, you wouldn’t change any of the weird adventures encountered on your own greater adventure. It’ll be worth it in the end.
I’m already planning my own summer adventures. You should plan a few adventures of your own, too.
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