Somehow...despite living in California my entire life...I had never actually been to Joshua Tree National Park.
In general, I have found that I used to be a bit of a "local-body". I've always had a drive to travel & explore, but so easily I got stuck in my day-to-day, that any exploring I did was often either a big trip (far far away) or right in my own backyard. Why I struggled to travel anywhere in between that 30 minutes and 12 hours...well, I just couldn't tell you.
Climbing definitely helped change that in me. Being a photographer in Colorado helped too, but that was always "technically" for work. Even passion projects seemed to serve a work-related purpose.
there is no rhyme or reason to that.
It's a pretty selfish thing really...and that's something I really love about it.
It doesn't serve any tangible purpose.
As someone who has always struggled to be productive, proactive & efficient with my time & energy, that is an incredibly freeing thing.
It's therapeutic for me, really. To "waste" time.
"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted."
- John Lennon