Why you might ask?
Well some of it has to do with new beginnings some it also has to do with promises made. Before I moved back to Rhode Island after the military, my daughters mother and I discussed which family we would be spending our time with as we both pursued our degrees post military. Weighing these options for a while we concluded on moving to Rhode Island to spend the next few years with my family.
These last few years spent with my family have been great. There were hardships and heartbreaks, parties and adventure, learning and growing.
As I put a close to this chapter in my life I commit to fulfill a promise I made to my daughters mother when we were together and before we moved to Rhode Island; I promised that my daughter would someday move back to get to know her other family out in the northwest.
I'm not one for fighting nor keeping meaningless disputes or drama in my life. When I split with my daughters mother the last thing I ever wanted was there to be bad blood between us. I wanted us to happily coincide as two separate parents.
Things have not be so smooth but I can say that my daughter is being raised by two loving parents. Her situation hasn't changed much, other than her mom and dad don't share a living space. We continue to parent her with love from different paths.
So having made this promise all those years ago it comes time to keep my word.
Rerouting a trip
Coinciding with this move was also a trip to celebrate my graduation, it would involve a month of backpacking in South America. I was deeply inspired by the film the motorcycle diaries and wanted to go see the lovely continent. For the last couple of months I have been mentioning this trip.
Unfortunately things haven't quite turned my way.
Since the beginning of the year I had planned on gong into what I called "financial hibernation" and saving as much money for this trip and my move to the Northwest.
I didn't quite follow up on my plan.
Along the way I have been having a great time living it up with my friends, family, and enjoying being in the Northeast.
These past few months haven'tt added much to my bank account but it has added much to my memory bank.
See I'm not sure when I will be back around these parts. So somewhere down the line I wanted to make sure I lived it fully.
As time gets closer for my departure from Rhode Island I have re-planned my trip. The money for South America is not there but the thirst for adventure continues. So the one month backpacking trip has turned into something more like my own personal motorcycle diaries.
See for some reason when I think of travel I always tend to think of it abroad. The notion of travel and being in the U.S has never seemed to gel with me. I do however realize there are beautiful place here in the U.S, and so I think it's time for me to realize a trip I have thought of before but never quite thought of making reality...
the gold old fashioned cross country trip.
Starting in June I will be packing all my remaining stuff putting it into in my little Honda civic and going on a solo cross country trip. I will take the whole month of June to enjoy this country in some capacity. I'm calling it the
"Where the wind takes me tour"
My hopes is to spend some time with my country and get to know her . I will be utilizing couchsurfing and map out some areas I would like to see (Yellowstone park here I come!). Other than that I'm open to the journey.
I hope to meet some amazing people, volunteer in some cool places, and maybe even meetup with some travel bloggers that I have interacted with via this site and elsewhere.
please feel free to contact me if you're located here in the U.S, I'm always up for meeting like minded folk!
see you on the road.