We did something unusual this past weekend. We left the city and we spent two days doing absolutely nothing. Oh man that feels so good. It was a step out of the ordinary and in so many ways brings so much calm to a life that can be a little crazy.
Friends of ours have family that have been visiting this particular little stretch of the Colorado River along the California-Arizona border for over forty years. We are lucky enough to accompany them once a year or so for a weekend of checking out.
It is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. It is beautiful in its own special way with that minimalist desert landscape and that stark contrast of sky and land.
But most importantly it is usually empty. Not a soul in sight. Just us, the reservoir and the wild donkeys (seriously). We enjoy a few water sports, get caught up on our reading, spend too much time floating in the water discussing life. On Saturday night we have our annual chili cook off (after that hot sun sets and the cool breeze emerges), then we toast marshmallows and warm our feet by the fire. No cell reception, no laptop electrical power, no time to work. Purely recharge mode. And this year, lots of mud.
PS Here we are two years ago at the same wash! Amazing how much has changed.