As I have been traveling across the country heading back to California I seem to be having trouble with noticing that I’m changing time zones. A couple of days ago I checked into a hotel and the clerk said you’re a little early. I looked at my watch, I was fifteen minutes early, I was a little confused at what the problem was but checked in and went on my way. Then when I got into my room and turned on my phone I saw that it was an hour earlier, I had crossed into mountain time. I trotted back down and apologized to the clerk and we had a good laugh about it.
Today, I did it again. I had a check-in time at my hotel in Las Vegas and purposefully took my time in the morning at the hotel. Left right at check-out, went to the bank, stopped for a little something to eat before I hit the road. As I rolled along I knew I’d still be an hour early so I had planned to stop at Hoover Dam. Pulling off that exit I soon realized Sunday afternoon is a really bad time to go to Hoover Dam. Traffic was really backed up and I had time to kill but really didn’t want to spend an hour in traffic. Then I saw the notifications for the security check point and thought about how difficult that could be with a packed car. So I pulled off to a wonderful overlook and got some great views of Lake Mead. Then it hit me, it was my phone again, I was now on Pacific Standard Time. I know had two hours to kill, aargh. Still not interested in waiting in traffic I decided to drive on to Vegas.
Just outside of the dam I saw a sign for the Lake Mead visitor center and decided, mostly to use the bathroom, to pull in. It was a nice little visitor center and the views were nice enough that I got out my cameras. I’ll post some of those shots later in the week. Being at the visitor center I also ran into a really nice couple from Southern California and there big old Basset Hound. We had a really great conversation and it was a wonderful way to spend some time.
I then hit the road and decided to get something to eat and with the time I had available I decided to skip the fast food options. I pulled off an exit and just drove around and stumbled into a little Japanese restaurant. The food was really good, nothing special just a teriyaki chicken bento box and a couple of sushi rolls but it was a really enjoyable lunch. Had I not screwed up on the time zone issue I would have missed out on both of those opportunities.
The lesson in this of course is that we all screw up and yet, those mistakes can often be opportunities if we keep our mind open to the possibilities. So the next time it happens, instead of getting mad at yourself, see what possibilities you can create and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane