THE GRAND CANYON, Arizona // I woke up at 12:28am and didn't fall back asleep again until sometime after 3am. It was too cold to camp in a tent, so we set up our mattresses and sleeping bags in the back of the car.
The Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon is at about 7000 feet of elevation, and it wasn't even sundown and already we were putting on layers of clothes. It was Friday night, and a gamble to show up without a reservation and risk having to drive an hour back to the nearest town if no tent sites were open. Luckily, there were 14 spots out of 320 still available when we showed up around noon.
As I tried to get comfortable, warm, and fall back asleep, my mind wandered for those 2-3 hours. In many cases like this, I realize the small comforts of home and what I have given up to take this trip.
When I left NYC, most things in my life were certain. Now they are not, and that is what is appealing to me. I could predict within a 99% accuracy everything that would happen to me on a given day. The most uncertain things would be what I would have for lunch, dinner, and if I would go to the gym or not. The things that I have formerly taken for granted are no longer present:
- Getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night, a mattress, a pillow, warmth, water, wifi
- The luxury of not having to walk 10 minutes to a bathroom
- A refrigerator stocked with healthy food and vegetables
- Not having only 10 outfits to choose from in the morning
There are a handful of other things that when I wake up on a random morning, I don't even think of. Most of our time now is consumed with finding where we will sleep for the night, trying to eat healthy and economically on the road, and making sure our gas tank is full.
Although there are a lot of things that I miss from my past life, the challenges and spontaneity of our days has made every moment worth it so far.