A few weeks ago, I finally got to visit La Jolla Shores in San Diego. It secured a spot on my bucket list for 2016 after I saw some stunning photos of the place on Instagram. I was especially excited to see what it would look like during sunset, because there were a lot of captivating photos of that on IG.
But the afternoon I got there, gray clouds blanketed the sky and refused to clear out. There was no way I was going to get to snap pics of a golden sunset there, and it was really disappointing.
At least at first it was.
And then I decided to make the most out this particular bucket list destination, right then and there. Sometimes, things aren’t always what we expect, but we can always make the effort to shift our perspectives and make the most out of any situation.
I thought the experience paralleled well with what Backyard Destinations is all about, which is that you don’t need to go far to travel.
Even though traveling is typically associated with going far distances and/or to foreign countries, it’s still possible to travel in your own backyard. It might not be the type of travel you expect or prefer, but there’s always so much to see and do if you make the effort to look for those things 🙂
Sure, the sky wasn’t golden like I was hoping, but the heavy layer of clouds did give a different, dramatic type of beauty that you don’t always get to see without rain. It gave the water on the shores a silver tint and allowed me to shoot around for a bit because the clouds filtered out harsh sunlight for a longer period of time than would be the case if they weren’t in the sky.
But the best part about that afternoon was seeing sun rays pour through holes in the blanket of clouds.
In the same way that you can truly find beauty if you make an effort to look, you can travel by making the effort to do so, even if it’s not in the way you expect 🙂