Desert Flora Appreciation and Other Musings

Looking through my phone at some of the pictures I took while in California, I was feeling nostalgic for the desert and wanted to share a few of my favorites. 

It feels great to be home, back in the humid tropical islands, swimming in the ocean again feels like a whole new version of coming home...I always tend to romanticize wherever I visit and immediately start imagining moving there, starting all over, and living a different version of my life in a place I've never been before.  I must have thought about it in every single new place we went on that trip, talking to friends about their neighborhood, looking on Craigslist for rentals to see how much things cost, and playing "what if" quite a bit ...Now that I'm home a few weeks, well actually, I think it was just a few hours after returning home, I realized that all those feelings faded away and that this is the place for me.  Maybe it was the "Seven Year Itch" of living here, or my wandering and adventurous mind, but I had been feeling like I was ready for something different.  Turns out maybe I just needed a good long trip away from home to properly appreciate what "home" is and means to me.  Needless to say, I love Hawaii, and I can't imagine living anywhere else... Though I have to admit, Jo and I are plotting and planning for our own little slice of desert land outside Joshua Tree,  saving our pennies will start immediately, and eventually we can turn a few acres of sand, rocks, and cactus into a humble getaway.  It's a beautiful feeling to be happy in the place you call home, in the physical house as well as that little spot on the map in the middle of the ocean.  It's a wonderful feeling to get on a plane after vacation and be so grateful for the place you call home, so YAY! Life rules!