Life in Moab gets better and better by the day. Although it has been 100 degrees for two weeks straight, I feel so happy and content to be living here. 

There's something magical about this place and I can't quite put my finger on it. Being such a small town, everywhere I go I run into someone I know or have just recently met. But it's not just that. It's that all of these people are here for a reason and are so passionate about what they do that I can't help but gain strength and joy from each and every one of them. 

Whether they're into climbing, boating, hiking, photography, art, music, food, BASE-jumping, slacklining, paddle boarding or whatever else, I can see that every one of them is here for a reason. They see how special this place is as well. After living here it's extremely hard to imagine myself living anywhere else.

My recent focus in life has been not just pushing my athletics, but on making true and genuine connections with other human beings. As I said, there are so many different people with a multitude of passions that I feel like I can learn so much from them. 

I recently met a guy, Jeff, who plays the Jazz Saxophone. What he likes to do is hike out into the desert where he plays his music and works with the echoes of the canyons. As he plays, the sound plays right back to him creating an out of this world experience. 

I was so intrigued by his unique pastime that we went out together recently and as I walked a highline between one of Moab's stunning natural arches, he played his music and our two passions intersected in a way that I haven't experienced before. 

I've also met a BASE Jumper, Mark, who I've been working with on combining my passion for climbing and his for jumping. It's exciting to connect with individuals on such a different level. We recently climbed the Ancient Art Tower in the Fisher Towers of Castle Valley and upon summiting he gracefully jumped off of the top. 

I am in awe of the talents of those around me and I am in love with this place we call Moab. A huge Thank You to all that have crossed my path and as always, I am looking forward to what's to come.

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By emilysukiennik 7/17/2012

both photos by Heinz Zak :)

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