Road trip, but with nothing planned


I’m on the road this week, with absolutely nothing planned. nothing at all. I drove my two oldest kids down to a weeklong youth activity at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They were released into the wild first thing Monday morning, and since 020then I have been enjoying the downtime. I’m staying with my sister Morgan and her family out in Eagle Mountain (for those of you familiar with the place, she’s actually out in Eagle Point, waaaay out in the valley). I have to say, while I would not want to live here in 024the high desert again, and I can’t stand the heat, the views have been quite beautiful, and it’s been nice to visit with friends and family. While I miss my wife and kids, it’s just really nice to have some down time.

On Sunday, the kids were spending a few hours with friends, and I just drove up into the hills and read all afternoon. That’s right — I took a week off to read a few books, and just to get my mind off of work. So far so good. I completed the book Crucial Conversations, and am onto my second book. I’m also planning to catch up on some of my blogging.

025What a great place to sit and read, though. These shots were the view from my car, sitting on a quiet street in Alpine, Utah looking southwest about 25 minutes after a brief (maybe 10 minute) thunderstorm that did little to quench the heat (mid-90’s), with Utah lake in the distance. To my left were the sudden inclines of the Wasatch front, which don’t appear to have any snow on them. It’s been a hot summer.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of, a blockchain-based video technology company.