My co-pilot has crooked ears.

I needed to be inspired today. 

I’ve been in a funk, and I’m not sure why. Ever have those days? There’s no ONE thing to pin it on, but things are just off. After feeling the stress level rise slightly as I reviewed the “My Wedding is in 103 Days” to-do list, I decided I needed a change of scenery.

With Cholula still on lock-down while her boo-boos heal, I couldn’t take her for a hike or swim like I wanted to. No, this mission was different. I welcomed her company as my navigator and co-pilot, and we hit the road in search of The View. I armed us with provisions, and XM was playing the good stuff. Cholula was alert and up for anything. So far, so good.

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I didn’t have a clear direction, so I just started exploring random roads. If a view was my goal, it made sense to head UP. I caught a couple vistas of the “PC” initials on the hill below me, but considering my stunning surroundings, I knew I’d find better.

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Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who needed to be inspired.

I should pause here and openly admit that I am spoiled when it comes to a good view. I live in a good view. I’ve spent years gallivanting around the Wasatch range, the Rockies, the San Juans. I’m certainly thankful for all of the beauty around me… but it would take a lot to impress me today.

I drove through Park City, smiling at the happy tourists with their cameras and fanny packs. It’s fun to be reminded that I get to live in a place where people come for vacation, even when there’s no snow for the Town Lift.

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I checked out parts of the town I hadn’t seen before. An old mining town, Park City is full of the charm that new development can’t recreate. I even saw some untouched relics of the past.

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My co-pilot was bored into unconsciousness (and secretly turning on my seat heater). I left Old Town and kept heading UP toward Guardsman Pass. I had a hunch the view I needed awaited me there.

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I was right.

In every direction, there was something captivating in view. Grassy fields, rocky bluffs, looming mountain ranges in the distance, a huge sky filling with billowy thunderclouds… My mission was accomplished. This was inspiring.

An unexpected treat at this altitude was the colorful blanket of wildflowers still in bloom.

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Even Sleeping Beauty perked up for a bit.

On the way down the mountain, it was clear an evening thunderstorm was building. Scattered patches of rain hit the windshield before I got home, but I wasn’t ready to end our mini-adventure.

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Just behind our neighborhood, I drove the dirt road and enjoyed the feeling of solitude.

(Co-pilot FAIL.)

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The clouds parted for a moment, before the rain really got going. I spotted a couple of trouble-makers, out for happy hour drinks.

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I headed toward home, just up around the bend. The sky would soon get gray again, and a decent downpour would ensue. A glass of wine would top off a fun adventure, out of the house and into the mountains.

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Cozy in my beloved slippers, I listened to the rain on the roof as I reviewed the photographs of the afternoon. How could I not be inspired? Stellar views, glorious wildflowers, wildlife- all in my backyard.

And the cutest pair of crooked ears you’ll ever see.

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22 replies »

  1. #1. I LOVE this post. #2. We have the same car… no kidding. I will post a picture this week and you will see. Hilarious because Gus turns on the seat heater CONSTANTLY – and in FL too. #3. I am absolutely moving to Park City – they have BANKSY??? What??? I think this post just sealed the deal.

  2. Cholula is so cute!!!! I’m a sucker for dogs 🙂 I remember feeling off for no reason befor my wedding, I think it’s the whole planning it that drives you mildly insane. I love the pictures [and secretly envy your inspiring retreat]

    • She is SO cute. Her ears are so expressive and I love that one has stayed floppy…
      I do love planning the party/wedding but all of the decisions are happening at once. I just need to breathe!

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