A few of months ago I was telling friends that I needed more sun and was pining to go near big water, meaning the west coast. While on the phone with a friend who lives in Colorado, he was looking at a map of Utah and asked, “Isn’t Lake Powell big enough?” I laughed and then he said, “Wait! There’s a town near Lake Powell called Big Water!” A few weeks later I found myself working an interim position in Kane County, on the east side of Zion National Park, just a short hour from Big Water, Utah.
My move came after a few weeks of beginning the interim position, and after having promised myself that I would stay in a place of non-attachment. This meant that I would not fall in love with the area and plant myself there, unless the job or any job was absolutely perfect for me and me for it. I broke my promise.
Kane County has a diverse landscape which includes aspen and pine-covered mountains, the red desert sands at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, red rock mesas, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, slot canyons, Lake Powell, and more. The people are as diverse and beautiful as the vistas, which makes for both a wonderful and challenging place to live and work in a county job that promotes the area.
My job ends in less than three weeks and my lease expires in five weeks. Returning to a place of non-attachment, my goals for the remaining weeks include hiking The Wave, taking a road trip to Kodachrome Basin State Park, meeting a successful realtor who happened to be married to a polygamist, presenting a proposal to the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area for a book to be written by award-winning artist and travel writer, Jeff Hagen (who is a friend of mine), and anything else I can squeeze in before I spread my wings and fly….west?