Farewell GUMO <3

What a magical summer it was! I was the happiest I had ever been in those West Texas mountains. Who would have suspected? Although it was painful to leave, I know I'll be back visiting soon. My last night in the park the rangers threw me an impromptu BBQ and my heart (and tummy) just about exploded from being so full. What a warm sendoff. I guess it's a beautiful thing to be sad to leave somewhere because you realize how important it was to you and the course of your life. I was lucky to have met such passionate rangers and visitors during my GUMO. Thank you for everything.

 Posing with the other piece I decided to donate to GUMO next to the park sign by the visitor's center.&nbsp;

Posing with the other piece I decided to donate to GUMO next to the park sign by the visitor's center. 

 All of the finished pieces I created over my 6 weeks in the park.

All of the finished pieces I created over my 6 weeks in the park.

 The view from where I lived. LOOK AT THAT SKY! ARE YOU KIDDING GUMO!?!?

The view from where I lived. LOOK AT THAT SKY! ARE YOU KIDDING GUMO!?!?

 I've never been more proud to wear all beige all summer.&nbsp;

I've never been more proud to wear all beige all summer. 

 My friend Allie flew all the way from Boston to see me and journey back to CA!&nbsp;Honestly would have been an even crazier hot mess without her unconditional love and support. This is us on the west end of the park by the sand dunes.

My friend Allie flew all the way from Boston to see me and journey back to CA! Honestly would have been an even crazier hot mess without her unconditional love and support. This is us on the west end of the park by the sand dunes.

 Ranger Max with his cool new hat!

Ranger Max with his cool new hat!

 Map of my favorite place.

Map of my favorite place.

 MY PEOPLE!!! Ranger Jen and Ranger Max!

MY PEOPLE!!! Ranger Jen and Ranger Max!

 Hugs on hugs on hugs. It's not goodbye- it's see ya later!

Hugs on hugs on hugs. It's not goodbye- it's see ya later!