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Itching to celebrate a birthday abroad

Out There
Stina Sieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There’s a tightening in my throat, and it’s moving down to my stomach. I’m sliding my feet in and out of my shoes, and my typing is getting all hurried and messy.

I’m getting out of town this weekend, you see. And God, am I ever excited.

On Saturday, I’ll be 25, and hopefully I’ll be celebrating in the middle of the desert. Whether I end up in Moab, Cortez or Canyon De Chelly, I don’t care. I just want space and quiet and time for myself.



This isn’t coming from a birthday curmudgeon. I’ve spent plenty of them around people. In the past, I’ve had great parties and done the whole thing up right. But ever since I moved to the mountains, I’ve been having lusty thoughts of wide, open spaces. That prompted a drive the Dinosaur, as well as my second (and third) viewing of “No Country for Old Men.” If I were to over-analyze it, I might come to think that I associate the mountains with responsibility, deadlines and adulthood.

Or maybe I just like to be able to see for 50 miles at a stretch.



Whatever my reason, I can’t imagine a better present to myself than this trip. To get the full, dusty desert flavor, I’m padding my weekend with two extra days. I plan on not planning. I want to hang out, feel where the wind takes me. For a little while, I just want to “be.”

What’s always amazed me, regardless of my age or where I live, is how hard leaving town is. We throw around these words like “vacation” and “road trip” like it’s just that simple ” and come on, it’s anything but. It takes planning and money and, of course, a little free time. And who has any of that?

Ah, but I’m not complaining. As I’ve said before, I’ve got it simple, without a mortgage or children, not even a house plant. I’m in awe of people who are loaded with responsibilities yet find the time for exploration. In practical terms, I think getting out of dodge hardly ever makes sense. But isn’t it so necessary?

I can’t wait.

See you next week.


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