#WeekendCoffeeShare: Last weekend felt like a dream….

Good Saturday morning! Thank you for joining me for another edition of #weekendcoffeeshare. Come on in and enjoy a cup of coffee with me.

If we were having coffee last weekend, we would had been in Torrey, Utah at the Capitol Reef Cafe. The coffee and food there are great.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a blast on my solo road trip last weekend. I got to see beautiful landscapes, sunset, sunrise, and a star-filled natural night sky. We don’t get natural dark skies living in civilization. The only thing I regret not doing on the trip is not doing a long exposure of the night sky because I had forgotten to bring a flashlight and I am terrified of the dark.

Capitol Reef National Park was a lot of fun and even though I did go alone, I never felt alone. There were events planned throughout the day to keep families and single travelers like me occupied. I got to hike – alone and with a group, learn about the Fremont people’s culture, of what the Petroglyphs meant, and learn about all the artists and different kinds of art the park has inspired.

Best of all, I got to stop at any turnout and I didn’t had to care about waking up at a certain hour. That was how I got to experience the Golden Hour for the first time. I woke up early on Sunday morning with a ping of hunger. So I checked out of the motel and headed for Torrey (one town over) for breakfast. Along the way, I got to see the sunrise. It was a magnificent sight. In that moment, I just had to stop at the side of the road to capture the moment on my camera.

Oh yeah, the trip was absolutely worth it. πŸ‘ And I managed to save the best views for last.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you Capitol Reef was not the only place I visited last weekend. I spent Monday, Labor Day, in Logan Canyon and Bear Lake and I am absolutely glad I have gone. Fall colors were beginning to show there, making the canyon more colorful than ever. And Bear Lake, that place took my breath away.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it has been one hell of a busy week. Last weekend felt like a dream to me. It still does. Even though I had only been gone for three days, it felt longer. Then when I walked into work on Tuesday with the pile of mail on my desk waiting to be opened, I felt like reality is crashing down on me and not in a good way.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my mom made it home from China safely though she was very grouchy when I went to pick her up at the airport because I was an hour late and wasn’t able to check my messages. On the drive over, I kept thinking, oh so I should wait two hours for you to come pick me up but you can’t wait an hour? I was at work for crying out loud. Just shut up and wait and stop being a self-centered, entitled b****!

Speaking of work, I finally quit my part-time job. The drive home had become so bad that it takes me an average of two hours to get home. I simply couldn’t take it. I have left the job on good terms though. I gave my boss my email and phone number in case he needs help with anything but from now on, everything will be electronic between us.

I was so glad of that. Quitting a job is one of those things I’m terrified of doing.

If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me this week and hopefully, I will be back this weekend.

23 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Last weekend felt like a dream….

  1. Hi Yinglan. Your life is never boring I see. Glad you got to experience such outdoors beauty but so sorry for the tension your mom brings you. Hang in there. Someday you will want her – and she won’t be there. I know it’s hard, but you get to choose to be the adult in this relationship it seems.

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    1. Oh no, my life can be quite boring at times like during a work week. Nothing’s happening there. πŸ˜€
      I’m glad I got to experience the beauty of nature too.


  2. Oh Yinglan, it sounds like you’ve had a busy week! Utah looks beautiful though and I agree, as much of a city girl as I am, the downside to city life is that we never truly see the night sky. It’s okay that you didn’t get a photo of it. Important thing is you experienced it and now have a priceless memory πŸ™‚

    I’m glad your mom returned safe and congratulations on quitting your job! I hope you find a job that you enjoy.

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    1. The week after a long weekend is always the busiest. That’s the worst part about the long weekend.
      I think all I ever needed was just one job. I took this part-time job when I was most desperate since I have a mortgage to pay but now that I have a full-time job that I actually enjoy, I no longer need an additional job.

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  3. Great pics from the road trip! How fun.. I’ve never taken a solo road trip, the closest thing I can compare it to is going for a motorcycle ride by myself, which is amazing. Talk about FREEDOM. Hope you have a great time and have more time to yourself without your part time gig.. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you. I had an awesome time on my road trip even though I was constantly preparing myself for a lecture from my mom. I hate it when I do this to myself. Thankfully though, the lecture never came. It didn’t matter though, I had a great time and that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and have a great upcoming week.


  4. It’s a such positive great thing you did, to go on a road trip by yourself. I’ve done it, I know how scary it can be, but how rewarding it is in the end. The photos are wonderful, and I can tell you had a blast. I am so happy for you!

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