There’s Still Time to Change the Road You’re on

Before I moved to the mountains of Idaho, I lived in New Jersey.  The noise and the light pollution and the greyish skies and the overcrowding and the endless sea of tiny boxes that I saw out my window were driving me to madness.

The street light shining through my bedroom window all night. 

The neighbor’s backyard floodlight that was on all night long, beaming through the crack of window that my kitchen shade didn’t cover, bouncing off the woodwork, and illuminating the interior of my darkened house.

The leaf blowers. The constant, crazy-making leaf blowers.

The highway noise, always a constant hum in the background.

And row after row after row of houses. Box after box after box. Ever notice how there are no boxes in nature?

Shortly before I left New Jersey behind for good, I took a hike through Cheesequake State Park. Damage that had been done by Hurricane Sandy a few months earlier had left the park looking very changed. 

I took this photo there, and titled it: There’s still time to change the road you’re on.

 Cheesequake State Park, New Jersey

Soon after, I was road tripping cross-country in a rented RV with my husband Max and 4 catsmoving over 2,000 miles away to Teton Valley, Idaho. In my new home I am surrounded by open space, snow-capped mountains, wildlife and deep blue skies. Yellowstone National Park, one of the quietest places in America, is a short distance away. And there are no street lights in my neighborhood.


2 thoughts on “There’s Still Time to Change the Road You’re on”

  1. Stephanie, I’ve been meaning to comment on your blog for a couple weeks. Anyway, I absolutely love this post, for a bunch of reasons. First off, it’s awesome that you were able to make such a huge move and do what you love to do now. You’re in the middle of nature, and working with it, every day, and that’s so inspiring. Secondly, as you know, I just love the photographs you’re able to make. And finally, your journey is exciting because I’m sort of in the middle of something similar myself. I don’t know if I’ll end up as successful as you, but the fact that I’ve taken a risk to try it out is something I’m proud of, and it’s encouraging to see someone else that’s already been successful. The title of the image is just perfect. 🙂


    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Preeti. I’m excited for you that you are in the middle of a similar journey yourself (share details if you want!) and wish you the biggest of success with it!


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