Happy May – Time to get away!
Interpreted by Jennifer Troyan (aka Mama)
This is post 1 of a 3-part travel series from Jorge. Much imagination was used in the process of writing this blog. Enjoy!
I went on an airplane for the first time!
I did not mind the airplane. It is just that security patted me down and not in a nice way plus I had to wear a face mask the whole time!
So, the truth is, I did not like any of this. I am not a fan of this mode of travel.
Then, on top of it all, I had to be crated for crying out loud. Boy, did I cry (out loud!)!
I mean, if they were going to crate me for just a little crying, I decided I was going to give them a lot of crying with hopes they would be sorry, but they never seemed sorry. They just seemed happy to see me leave.
It was a long journey to travel from South Florida to Utah (in the United States). There was a big temperature change, too. When we got to Utah, it was 29°F. It was very windy, and it was very late at night.
I thought to myself, “Should I even be here????”
Everyone said, “Yes! We are doing this!!”
It is lucky that I have a luxuriously long coat, so I stayed warm. Mama told me to think of being warm and cozy. It helped. I felt comfortable and not cold even though it was windy and chilly.
We rented a car! As you already know, I do not like being in the car very much, but I was tired, so I slept.
We traveled for 2 hours to get to a town called Price in Utah. Then we went to a hotel. Finally, I was able to relax. Mama said I had to stay in the carrier the whole time we drove, so it was nice to get out of that and run around the hotel room. Hahaha!
Mama was checking in with me to make sure I was okay all along the way. We traveled with G2 (Grandma #2) and Auntie Melissa. I like being with them because they are so kind and sweet with me.
They said this was going to be an epic journey! It was! More about that later…
The plan was to visit a bunch of national parks and forests. We did that; sometimes I stayed behind on my lonesome. For me, I love to relax in the hotel and sleep.
Mama said we were going to be doing a lot of driving. I do not know what she was thinking bringing me. She said she was confident that I would get comfortable with being in the car.
Reluctantly, I can confess it was true. I did get better.
She said I would love the views and the parks because I love nature so much. How lucky for me! Mama was right about that. It was special to see things I have never seen in my little life. I saw mountains, canyons, forests (oh, the trees! I love sitting under them), lakes, springs, rivers, other animals, snow and even a sandstorm!
Ok, back to our travels.
We got up in the morning. I had a great breakfast of my cat food. It is made just for me, Mama says. It is healthy so it keeps me feeling good.
Then, we got back in the car for a 2 ½ hour drive to our first national park in UT. Our plan was to go to two parks. We did it!
We drove through canyons and mountains. It was a gorgeous day.
The sign said: Welcome to Canyonlands National Park.
Everyone was excited to visit this first park. Only one thing, Mama was worried we were going to run out of gas!
She stopped and asked a park ranger about how long it was to drive through the park. We did not know how long it would take. We only had 100 miles worth of gas.
The ranger lady said it was 20-something miles. She assured us we would be fine. The nice lady even told us where to go for gas when we left the park.
Mama said, “This is a lesson to let fear go and trust all will be well.”
I could tell she was still nervous. I understood. She did not want us to get stuck miles away from any help.
She continued talking to herself (out loud). She said, “I need to let this worry go. I am missing all this beauty. I am not enjoying things because I am worried for no reason.”
In the end, we were fine. 😊 Although I do have to say with her constantly talking out loud to herself, she reminded me a little of myself crying in my crate.
The drive though the park. It was amazing! I have never seen a landscape like that.
We did a little hike to the Mesa Arch. We saw some neat things on the hike, like this budding pinecone and cactus.
It was about a mile hike. Mama carried me some of the way.
Look at that view! You can see so far.
Some people feared how high up we were when they looked down. I felt safe with Mama, but I did not go to the edge!
We drove through the whole park. We stopped a few more times to see these awe-inspiring landscapes.
Check out this canyon view! Grand View Point (elevation 6080 feet):
Just to be safe, Mama got gas before the next park. The next park was only 20-30 minutes away.
The sign said: Welcome to Arches National Park! Yay!
We drove on Arches Scenic Drive Road through the park. We did a couple of little hikes. I just chilled with Auntie Melissa while Mama and G2 went on a primitive hike by the iconic arch called The Windows and the Turret Arch.
Look at the color of the sand!
When we were driving, we saw a few well-known spots – La Sal Mountains View, Balanced Rock, North and South Window Arches and other stuff. I cannot remember all the names.
This is Balanced Rock. It is incredible how time, wind and water form these incredible features.
Mama would probably say more about this day. I am sharing what the highlights were for me.
After we left, we stayed in a nearby hotel. What a great first day! I feel grateful to be learning so much.
Mama says I am a precious life. She is helping me to learn and experience as much as I can. I am fortunate. Sharing what I know with you is even better. May you see your fortune too!
There were so many adventures that I must tell it in a few parts. Stay tuned to hear about our continued travels. Our next trek was an epic journey to Colorado!
A Note from Jennifer: Deep bow. Be well everyone! Get outdoors. See the world when you can. There are amazing things all around you.
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Troyan.
Quotes to enjoy:
Remain calm because peace equals power. ~ Joyce Meyer
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. ~ Gary Snyder