My suitcase lays half-open on my living room floor. I just can’t unpack anymore tonight. It was a whirlwind week followed by a whirlwind weekend of family and friend events. It’s hard to believe exactly seven days ago to the very hour I was arriving at the Red Mountain Resort and Spa. It took me eight hours of flying and then another three in a shuttle driving up Rt 15. The drive itself is two hours but I spent an additional hour waiting for it to leave the airport parking lot. Saint Georges, Utah is an easy drive and in hindsight I should have rented a car.
Eleven hours of travel can wear on a girl and I arrived at the reception desk a complete nerve end. My suitcases and exhausted soul were loaded into a golf cart to be taken to my room. The attendant driving me moved so slowly that all I wanted to do was snap my fingers and scream, “Hurry up so I can relax!” I resisted. Deep breaths will do wonders for frayed nerves and they will also keep you from annoying everyone around you. The attendant casually pointed out the flowering cactuses and I nodded in appreciation while holding my fingers in place.
I stayed at the resort for a mere two days. That’s not enough time to fully relax and certainly not when one of them is spent hiking in Mount Zion National Park. The spa had a day trip scheduled and I couldn’t resist.
We hiked 3 trails and the day was just beautiful. Yes, a massage would have been nice but seeing such magnificent sights was far more rewarding. I’m not sure exactly where on the trail I finally relaxed. It could have been the moment I turned off my phone and let my work worries go for a few hours.
Late Tuesday morning a coworker picked me up so that we could drive down to Las Vegas together. She had been visiting family and we were both working at a trade show in Las Vegas. I waited for her on a chair outside reception and knew that my two-day vacation was a success. I couldn’t take my eyes off a cactus that was about to flower.