Quenching the Wanderlust
As one might imagine, an editor spends an enormous amount of time behind a computer. Add to the mix my Virgo’s drive for excellence, and the result is, there’s always more work to do. It was not by chance that my husband and I landed in Southern Utah. I desired a place where we both could escape the desk and see the hand of Mother Nature for miles. I longed to quench my restless soul just by stepping out of my front door. I dreamt of a ‘wanderland’ of sorts, filled with beauty, solitude, history, adventure, serenity, and a spiritual sense present each time the wind blew that door open.
To acquire a case of wanderlust is to have a deep desire to walk or travel about. The interpretation of that definition can be left to the wildest or mildest of imaginations. There are the soul-searchers who unexpectedly gather a mere change of clothes, slinging their backpack over their shoulder, and walk out of the door. My scenario of wanderlust is less complex. But make no mistake about it, when I long to wander about, I go. And I always come home.
“All that is gold does not glitter;
Not all those who wander are lost.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien
Back to my desk.
After hours of working, I instinctively find myself aching to wander. Often, I can just gaze out of my office window and see Zion in the distance.
For a moment I am lost in the memory of a prior hike or experience there...Delicious.
Or, maybe I will take a break and meander around a website like, Pinterest. There I can create “pin boards” of places I long to visit, or look back on the adventures I’ve already taken...Gratifying.
When the gravitational pull is more than I can resist, I am out the door. I head to my ‘remote office’ and conduct meetings along one of my favorite trails. With mobile internet access, I utilize my laptop to write the grandest of stories along a river, atop a mountain, or from a charming cafe in the heart of a national park. I can ride my bike downtown and sit on the cool grass under a shade tree and hear the birds sing...I don’t have to wander far to be lost.
Quenching the Wanderlust does not have to be about leaving the old, but rather embracing what’s new to you. The Travel Issue of Etched completely opens the door to destinations throughout the southwest. From historic inns to ancient old civilizations, you don’t need to travel for days on end to soothe the desire to experience something different. The Travel Issue of Etched delivers clean water in full color to quench the thirsty soul.
“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map...nights alone in motels in remote western towns where I know no one and no one I know knows where I am, nights with strange paintings and floral spreads and cable television that furnish a reprieve from my own biography, when in Benjamin’s terms, I have lost myself though I know where I am.” - Rebecca Solnit, “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”
There is so much to experience in what the rest of the world sees as the arid southwest desert. When the door opens, step out. Fill your mind with vibrant dreams. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to wander, walk, explore, and discover. Rejuvenate the soul. Quench your thirst.
Darci, editor in chief