Well, my time has come to say goodbye (for now) to the Southwest.
From being really, really excited to get back to see my family and friends to being nervous about what’s to come once I’m home…it has been a roller coaster of emotions.
My last day in New Mexico was just a short five hours. I went to check out Old Town Albuquerque around 9:30 a.m. (‘cause I roll like a crazy morning person) but only one store was open! The rest of this sleepy little plaza doesn’t open up until 11 a.m. Didn’t they get the message that I needed to find my dog a cute stuffed buffalo to bring home? Guess not. So I ended up driving around Albuquerque for about an hour…not the most fun I’ve had on this trip, but I still love me a drive!
I said my goodbyes and headed to the airport early. It was a blessing because I actually ended up getting a lot of work done! And BIG thanks to Albuquerque International Sunport for the free wi-fi! I wish all airports and hotels had that courtesy. I may be one of those rare folks that loves to spend time in airports (totally shocking, right?!?), imagining where everyone is going, discovering the cute gift shops and paying $3 for a bottle of water (kidding!). I believe I could get a lot of creative work done in any airport…the energy is buzzing.
My flight took off from ABQ at 2:30 p.m. and was a direct shot north to MSP. It always seems like I get a seat near the wing…which I love…and it always makes for great pictures!
Somewhere over the rainbow – aka – Minnesota
Toward the end of my adventure, I arrived back in Minnesota right at sunset. It was a welcome and warm sight. I see it as a wonderful omen from a life-changing trip.
The sun setting on my time in the west!
Now I’m home and at the top of the roller coaster.
Am I ready to enjoy the ride? Yes! Am I unsure of what it’s going to feel like? Yes! But…I know, that this is going to be a great journey that has many highs, a few lows and is going to be way fun.
So what do you do when you’re at the top of a roller coaster? Do you hold on tight and close your eyes or do you throw your arms in the air? It’s OK to do both…but this time, I choose to throw my arms up, scream at the top of my lungs with sheer excitement and enjoy the ride! Plus, I think the latter may be a little more fun!
Thanks you for following me on my journey…it truly has been life-changing and eye-opening and I am so grateful for all the beautiful support.
Stay tuned for a wrap up, a lot of photos and some recommendations and reviews from my trip!
HAPPY TRAILS TO ALL!