Camping Moments

Shells in the Sands Series #4

Gemma Jiang, PhD

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The intention for this series is to share cherished thoughts and reflections of life in bite-size pieces. I have been an avid journal writer since my early teens, and most of the original writings were initially captured in my personal journal. I have chosen the most pertinent ones to share with the world through this series. This joy is similar to picking out beautiful shells while walking on a sandy beach.

I love camping because it brings me closer to nature, and lends itself to a simpler way of living. I especially look forward to our camping trip during Christmas and New Year each year. It is a great escape from the fussy giving dictated by the holiday season. The annual holiday camping trip offers us space to digest and integrate happenings over the course of the year. This spirit is captured in my earlier post What Holidays Are For.

It is also an opportunity to “get out of the box” and the daily routines, a time for renewed curiosity in this beautiful world. We were especially blessed for this year’s camping trip with good weather, good food, good fellowship, and no major setbacks. Last year, the first day we were on the beach at Palm Beach, our pup Sadie had a deep cut on her paw that disabled her for the whole trip. That, combined with a deep cold streak, put a big dent on our enjoyment.

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Gemma Jiang, PhD

Senior Team Scientist, Colorado State University; Complexity Leadership Scholar and Practitioner; also at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gemma-jiang/