I just want to thank you guys for all your wonderful comments on my last post. It is so incredible to have such an amazing community supporting me, and that is one of my favorite things about blogging. Blogging isn't just about yourself, you become part of this community of people who have similar interests and it is just so inspiring.

Something that I've been thinking about a lot lately is truly living. Obviously this trip has had a lot to do with those thoughts, but a bunch of other stuff got me thinking too. While I was in Alameda I visited my aunt who, after decades of living in the Bay area is finally quitting her job, which she disliked for years and years, and is moving back to Southeast Alaska (she's my Dad's sister. My Dad was born and raised in Juneau, AK). The whole time I was visiting her I was just so excited to hear about how she was thrilled to be embracing life and taking this big step. I think for a lot of people, doing something unpleasant yet familiar is more comfortable than stepping out and doing something incredible that they are passionate about. Fear of the unknown paralyzes so many and it really is just a shame. This is life! You get one! and only one. Don't spend years and years doing something you dislike because you feel like you have to, or someone told you you should. Don't let other people lower your self esteem or dictate who you are. Everyone is so unique and it's inspiring to see how every single human being lives out their dreams.
My aunt brought up something interesting. She was saying how it blew her mind that every. single. person. is unique. Every single one. There aren't like 20 Elizabeths running around. There isn't a you-model with a bunch of people just like you. You are the only one of you. Kind of crazy.

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I made it to Lake Mead at about 5:15, just in time for the sun to set! I was racing the sun to my campground so I'd have enough light to do my photos! Lake Mead is one of my favorite places. My family visited on an RV trip in the 90's... I was probably in 6th grade, so over 10 years ago. We rented a houseboat for like a week, it was the most fun of any vacation we've ever had- with maybe the exception of our cross-country RV trip in 2007. I guess I'm partial to RV trips eh? But anyway, I just remember having the time of my life here at Lake Mead, so I'm thrilled to be here again.
I'm going to try and rent a cheap little boat tomorrow so I can go out on the lake! It's supposed to be in the 80's so I am stoked for swimming! (I was going to stay in Barstow for two nights but they closed the pool on the 1st of November. The one day I want to swim is the day they close for the season! Dealbreaker). Maybe LB will go swimming too! She likes going on boat rides too. What a perfect trip companion, huh? I'll for sure be bringing my camera, I remember the landscape surrounding Lake Mead as being simply stunning. That trip back in the 90's ignited a love for geology (we went to Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon on that trip too). I absolutely love the geology and the geography of these southwest national parks.
For some reason I think this might be my favorite part of the country to drive through. I don't know what it is, I just get these vibes while I'm cruising down the highway with the desert country surrounding me. I think when I envisioned this trip I envisioned myself driving through this kind of geography.