Nothing like a trip to the desert to get the juices flowing…

30 Sep

11:08 pm

And to Tire. Me. Out.

Over the past few days, I not only planned a last-minute — and cheap and fun and perfect — three-day, two-night trip to Palm Springs/Joshua Tree National Park, I went! (What girl who was a teenager in the late 80s/early 90s wasn’t in love with Bono — whatever he wants, I want! — and therefore, Joshua Tree? (Remember the album cover?) Hmm? I dare you to say you weren’t.)

A great “no duh” moment: I realized that planning — and doing — trips like these require that get-up-and-go, that “capable-ness”, that *something* that is so integral to a non-depressed, non-drinking human being, it’s hard to notice it’s even there until it’s gone. It’s like the tarp under your tent, or the roof on your house; integral, foundational. I haven’t taken a trip like this in a long time; I can’t imagine having had that decisiveness, that go-with-the-flow/everything-will-turn-out-fine attitude while drinking. I didn’t even think twice about how much energy or will it would take, I was too busy bouncing off the fucking WALLS when I booked my flights and hotel the DAY BEFORE! I’ve wanted to go to Joshua Tree for as long as I can remember, and Palm Springs (and Desert Hot Springs, for my back) just made sense. Anyway, more on that in another post, to come soon.

(And, man, the trip down was a trip. I was hung over (6th time’s a charm; today is Day 2… AGAIN.) and literally felt it until I dropped into bed at my hotel last night around 10 pm. I had been up since 4, and had gotten only 3 hours sleep. And flew, with a hangover. Flying while hung over should be made illegal; and yet, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve flown NOT with a raging hangover. What sort of masochist am I?)

Long story short, I hiked a lot today — 7 miles — and my back feels great. Not pain-free, but not as bad as even just this morning. I think it’s due to one, the lack of humidity; two, the actual exercise of all those interconnected muscles that seem to be making one another more and more sore with less and less activity; and three, the lack of Hangover From Hell. (I must say, I am committed to getting back on it; that hangover was ridic, and the more I think about what I’ve gained from sobriety, the more I really Want What They’re Having, so to speak. And, the more I know I need it.)

More on all this later, and on some of my thoughts while hiking. I’m beat, and so will leave you with a lone picture of my beloved joshua trees.

4 Responses to “Nothing like a trip to the desert to get the juices flowing…”

  1. Belle (Tired2012) October 1, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    super lovely! i know for sure that i stopped having adventures when i was drinking, because i was too lazy, and everything seemed like ‘too much work’. and now sober, i realize that there are a billion adventures i NEED to do (joshua tree national park!), and i just can’t waste any more time NOT doing what i need to do. life is like an amusement park filled with fun rides. and i’ve been hiding in dark smelly beer tent… here’s to more adventures. and big blue skies 🙂

  2. sswl October 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Ah, the healing desert. How great that you did this! Hope it gives you a fresh start.

  3. abstaininginaugust October 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    You go DDD! Go, go, go!
    I can’t even count the number of trips that I have started to research and plan but then dropped because it was just too much work/effort. I’m sure that’s also due to the extra hopeless thinking caused by depression/drinking.
    I’m soooo glad you went!

  4. Al K Hall October 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Thanks for the lovely pic and god luck with your sobriety. i’m pulling for you. 🙂

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