My husband and I were recently married, as my blog readers likely know considering my surge in wedding related blog posts over the past six months, and we decided to hit the open road for a little shy of two weeks to explore western America. We began in Los Angeles and drove up the coast through Northern California and then headed into Oregon and then Washington, with a finale in Las Vegas. We drove the entire way and clocked over 3000 miles. I will never forget it.
We like to explore and see things off the beaten path, things difficult to see when flying in and out of a city rather than driving in and out of one. Along the way, I learned more than I ever thought I would – about love, life and myself. And I learned about my new husband too.
As an independent filmmaker who also works multiple jobs, spare time is not something I typically have. Boredom? Don’t know it. Vacations? A rare concept. So for me, this road trip Honeymoon was all about spending time with the love of my life, turning off the technology that never seems to sleep and thinking of only the moment I was in. Spending days doing nothing but loving, being and exploring the world around me, along side my new husband. We took time to smell the roses and God damn, were they beautiful….
And now, I thought I’d take a moment to share 11 things I learned along the way:
1. Less is more.
2. Going thirty miles over the speed limit is incredibly easy to do, even if that speed limit is 70.
3. Trust and communication are absolute necessities. In all walks of life.
4. When you are upset with someone else, it often times has more to do with yourself than with them.
5. Nature is a pure religion, with its beliefs demonstrated in its being.
6. Technology has become too important. Perhaps a step away is always in order.
7. Don’t judge anything by its cover. Especially restaurants. The fanciest could be crap; a hole-in-the-wall could be a local gem.
8. Life moves fast. Very fast.
9. Marriage is two. Big decisions can no longer only be made by one.
10. Hotels with heated pools are smarter. They are.
11. The answer is love.