Get out of your head. Get outside.
I don't know about you, but for me, theres quite a bit of useless noise going on in my head at any given time. It's a challenge to suss out what to pay attention to and what to disregard. Media bombarding us from all directions. Our attention span whittled down to a brittle sliver. Personal inner conflicts. (this is not my beautiful house! this is not my beautiful wife!!) Last May I was in a place where I needed it to all just shut the fuck up. Fortunately, I had a trip on the calendar with my long time friend and travel companion, Scott. We wanted an early season road trip. I had proposed going to the desert. North Western Nevada to be precise. It's a weird and wild part of the world. Beautiful, inhospitable, magical, and somewhere we've never explored. So we pointed his LandCruiser toward the Black Rock Desert and we'd figure the rest out when we got there. One of the only items on my to-do list were hot springs. Thats where we ended up for our first two nights.
This spot is on the edge of the Black Rock Desert. The place where Burning Man is held every year. The next day we poked around and drove out onto the Playa. Its a very different experience without a person to be found as far as the eye can see.
Desert sunsets are pretty epic.
From here we continued north through sage brush lands, cattle and dirt roads. Some beautiful canyons. Felt like a western film.
We ended up just outside of a tiny mountain town on the boarder of California and Nevada called Cedarville. Camping for the night near a small reservoir with great trout fishing. It was sunny, a little cool and looked like this:
In the morning, we woke up to this:
Well that was unexpected. What a difference a day makes. And a few thousand feet of elevation.
Go outside. Put your phone away. Strip away all the noise that we make for ourselves. Get back to what matters. Be with your people, with nature, with quiet. Sleeping under stars and soaking in hot water is a salve for your soul.