The Desert is Beautiful, and Why I Went to Vegas on a Whim.

Two weeks ago I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor about some surgery I had back in January. What I thought would be a quick, easy visit where the doctor told me ‘everything is fine, you can go now!’ turned out to be one of the most shocking mornings of my life. It turns out that what they took out was not as healthy as original tests had shown and I will have to remove my whole thyroid in the upcoming months.

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

It’s really interesting that you don’t truly know yourself until you are faced with moments of complete shock. Of all the emotions I’ve been through in the last two weeks, the most surprising thing is that most of them have been positive. Gratitude, extreme love for everyone I love, happiness to have a life I love, appreciation for the world and people around me and complete determination to contribute to the bettering of the world throughout my life… Some days I feel like a Disney princess has possessed me. I even started using HEART emoticons in my Facebook status updates! And I used to be the girl that HATED heart emoticons! ♥

I am sharing this with you because the situation will be rocking my life for the next little while, but also because it is the reason I missed a week of school last week and drove to the airport and boarded a plane to Las Vegas. Two days after the big news my parents were leaving to Nevada for March Break and all I wanted was to be with them for a bit. The fact that they were in a warm destination was just a perk. 😉

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

After a passport fiasco and a resulting delay in my arrival (I forgot to check my passport in my spontaneous booking and it had been expired for a month, doy!), I finally arrived to warm, sunny, crazy and beautiful Las Vegas. I spent 4 days with my family driving through the desert, seeing heavenly sites such as Red Rock Canyon and yes, even stepping on a cactus, which I proudly admit because it is one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me. (That’s another thing, I am convinced the universe has been aligning to send me things to cheer me up, like the cactus stepping incident. The day I got the big news, I was walking down the street to the subway and a man came out of the station, put on his backpack and mounted onto the most ENORMOUS CIRCUS UNICYCLE and started RIDING down the street, as if it was completely normal. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen that happen in Toronto. It was the best medicine I could have imagined for the way I was feeling that day. :))

Maybe it’s the emotions, but I feel like these images of the desert I came home with are the most beautiful travel images I’ve taken and I will cherish them forever.

All my love. ♥

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

How is it possible for something to be so perfect?

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

Our rented jeep looking super cool in the scenery:

Las Vegas Nevada desert photography

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  1. Pauline Sanderson
    March 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    You are so positive and HAPPY! I love it!

  2. mel
    March 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    Those photos are stunning! You really make me want to visit the desert too. So proud of how your perspective is so positive. Youre an inspiration :)

    • March 25, 2013 at 10:44 am — Reply

      Thank you my friend! :)

  3. March 25, 2013 at 1:35 am — Reply

    WOW! Nice pics. I spent 3 years in the Mojave dessert when my husband was in the army and I fell in love with it. It is my favorite place on earth! I found your blog searching the topic thyroid, as I just had some bad test results as well. Stay positive and God bless you.

    • March 25, 2013 at 10:46 am — Reply

      Thanks for your comment Sam! All my best to you. :)

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