They say it’s a small world, but Earth is a pretty big place. I am under no impression that I’ve truly seen the world. I’ve seen 19 countries of 200+ in existence, and how much of these countries have I really been exposed to? I haven’t even experienced all that my own home country has to offer.
While I have many places left to explore, I have a few favorites. One of them is Flagstaff, Arizona. I’ve written before that home is a difficult concept for me, but in my heart, Flagstaff feels like home. My aunt and uncle have retired from their jobs as travelling educators and settled in the area. But maybe “settled” is the wrong word.. They are still very much on the move, and I love joining them on their adventures.
One such adventure: the nearby Chocolate Falls, located in the Painted Desert on Navajo land. We took a bumpy drive through the dirt and dust to hike and explore and climb on the rocks.
But there’s more to Arizona than desert. Last summer we took a trip to Lockett Meadow for some (more) hiking and stargazing.
It was a beautiful clear night and I saw my first shooting star! Morning was just as pleasant. I slept in the bed of the truck and woke with the morning light to a peaceful forest scene. I warmed up with a cup of bitter black tea.
Flagstaff, I hope to see you again soon.