Glamping in Zion National Park • Elsewhere

Growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, I’d always felt like I was missing something. I’d spend hours in my room creating mood boards of the life I wanted – one with beaches, a healthy lifestyle and lots of hiking. When I was 16 years old, my family took a trip to California. I took a blurry picture of the Hollywood sign on my film camera and when I came back home, I placed that photo in the middle of my moodboard on my wall. It’s still there today. It wasn’t the fame that I was after. The sign in that photo represented freedom, authenticity and the opportunity to travel to places that inspire me. Places like where I sit now, watching the sunset from my Under Canvas tent, glamping in Zion National Park. Places I would have never seen if I had let go of my dream.

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Grace Abbott