First Morning

Whether it was the excitement of moving in to a new house, or the fact that my bedroom is the designated “cat safe-room” while we put the rest of the house together (the cat food/water and litter box is in there), I did not sleep very well last night.

The wind woke me up around 1:30 a.m.  It was ripping through the tiny trees just outside my window.  I love these kinds of interesting weather moments, but I also needed to sleep.  July 4th was one of the more stressful days in recent memory.

It’s weird being in a new place, where everything is different.  I keep thinking… we really live here.  There’s no home to go back to in Salt Lake where everything is familiar, and I know where to find an F-ing pair of scissors when I need them!  …which is to say I guess the move hasn’t quite sunk in yet.  The house is a disaster, and we will definitely be spending the next several days (weeks??) putting the house together.

But this morning, because I did not sleep well, I woke up earlier than usual and decided to take the dogs for a drive, and then a walk along a section of the Colorado River called Sandy Beach.

I dunno if you’re tired of seeing this view, but I sure am not.  Here’s what it looked like when I left this morning:

sunrise castle valley

And here’s how it looked down on Sandy Beach:

Sandy Beach UT

I didn’t get it captured so well on camera, but for one stretch of the beautiful drive down along the Colorado, two deer popped out of the brush and ran along with me, one on either side of the road.  I slowed down to 15 m.p.h. and just drove behind them for a while, before they decided–seemingly at the same time–to pick one side of the road and sprint away.

It was a pretty fantastic morning, despite the lack of sleep and the chaos of the house!