Sometimes it just feels good to get away from the madness of the city and escape into nature for a while. The desert is incredible for that. I love going there, and definitely don’t go as much as I would like. Once I am there I am always reminded just how much I love it. It’s also really fun to have a partner in crime to go on adventures with. This was mine & Jen’s second time going there just the two of us, and it’s an incredibly empowering feeling to be two women camping by ourselves in the desert. I always come back feeling brave, confident, and strong.
Anyway how can you be scared sleeping under the splendor of the milky way? As night started setting in, I felt, for a brief moment, the kind of anxiety that often accompanies the darkness. But as I gazed up at the sky, I watched as it became an expanse of glittering brilliance. Suddenly I remembered one of my favorite quotes by Galileo Galilai: “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” At that moment any inkling of fear vanished. The quote ran through my mind like a mantra. I was able to fully understand and appreciate what Galileo meant when he said that. I lay on my back and fell into the stars. Shivers of wonder ran up and down my spine. The universe is so mysterious and wonderful! And there I was—here I am!—floating in the infinite embrace of the galaxy, a part of it. This is the magic of the desert and the gift of the night.
Needless to say, it was a wonderful trip. We explored some slot canyons which was my favorite desert excursion so far. They are so cool! I took a lot of pictures but they really don’t do justice to the raw beauty we found there. You might think of the desert as a desolate place, but it is quite the opposite. It is full of life there, especially right now—springtime desert blooms everywhere! So much color and texture under the expanse of big blue sky. It’s intoxicating!
We weren’t gone for very long, but I returned feeling refreshed and invigorated. I am recharged. I feel like I can approach my life and my responsibilities with a renewed sense of energy and vitality. I am grounded and centered, with the wild echoes of the desert wind reverberating through my soul.