I'm not really sure what to write - we're "feeling so much" right now.  I know that sounds overly emotional and cheesy - please don't take it that way.  Being left speechless is not something I'm ashamed of admitting after today.  Neurons firing so fast and sporadically that your mind does not work properly.

That, is how we feel after today.

The day started in Grand Junction.  We had a nice breakfast at the hotel - Ewan basically just ate anything that was on my plate.  We filled up the car, departed for Goblin Valley State Park and got there in pretty good time - at lunch, which was the plan.  I worked most of the way from my phone (got one of those fancy phone-dashboard connectors for a sweet $15), but lost cell service right around Goblin.

That, personally defined my day a bit.  Asside from one weekend a year, Manskursion, I am always connected.  It's the nature of what I do - not by desire or preference.  Right as we pulled in to Goblin, my phone blipped "Δ" at me.  No more service, now in "roaming."

Verizon - your map lies.

I was miffed that the route I had selected for it's cell service was now not providing that for me.  Ok, let's be honest, I was really really pissed.  I take my livelihood very seriously.  I am proud that my colleagues know that I am always available.  It's what allows us to do trips like this.

Well, now, I wasn't.  That left me with two options:

  1. Let Elyse know what a "problem" this was, pack the kids up and head for the interstate - skipping the proposed route for the day just to make sure we kept cell service.
  2. Play with my kids, continue with the planned route, and catch up on work once I had service again...and not tell Elyse that it was an issue.

For once in my wretched existence, I chose #2.

If you haven't seen the series or read the books for Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman's "Long Way Round" and "Long Way Down," this may not be the best example.  The solution is for you to watch the shows...so do it.  Anyway, in "Long Way Round," Ewan and Charlie come to a point on their trip where they have to make a decision:  Do they take an easier route, or do they stay the course for the once-in-a-lifetime-experience.  I won't spoil it for you, but their decision affected mine today.

Seriously, watch the show.

Option #2 meant that I didn't finish what I had for work today until 11:10PM (I just wrapped).
Option #2 meant some anxiety that I was putting my colleagues in a bad spot (because, it's all on my shoulders, right?)
Option #2 meant that we got to do/see/experience all of this:


In 5 hours, I'll start packing the car to head to Bryce Canyon for sunrise.  We'll also be hitting up the Grand Canyon for Sunset.

I'm not missing any of the in-between either.