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shimmer great salt lake

Brian and I drove out to the Great Salt Lake today.

The skies were so blue yesterday and this morning—I couldn't ignore that big salty lake haunting the north-western horizon.

I thought driving out there would be a good way to celebrate the last day of the year.

I have a love-hate relationship with New Years. I love the festiveness. The newness right next to oldness. I just hate the anti-climactic wait until midnight. I also hate feeling forced to go to a party. And, then forced to keep festivities going until a certain time. The exhaustion! The waking up tired! It's an anti-celebration!

I stopped going to New Years parties circa the December Avatar came out in theaters. Instead, I try to celebrate the new year with some tangible activity outside. This is a lot easier in California where it doesn't ever get below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Today, it was about 18 degrees outside as we drove out to the lake. I wish I could say I got out of the car and walked out to the water, but I am weak when it comes to coldness—it is my kryptonite. So, we drove to the marina. And, every few hundred yards, Brian stopped the car so I could hop out and take a proper photograph two steps away from the car door. But, still! I feel it was a sufficient celebration. Even from inside a window shield, I felt baptized by the view. The wide openness. The snow saltiness. The lines of color—white—brown—white—dark blue—sky.

And, so the clean white shimmering slate is presented.

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What you do to celebrate, especially if it doesn't include a late-night, midnight party. What are your rituals? What are your traditions? p.s. has anyone done this before? 

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2 comments:

  1. We drink Martinelli's! Happy New year!

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  2. I'm watching my neighborhood blowing up with fireworks and lots of people sending up those lanterns. Down here it will go on all night.

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