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VISUAL DIARY: DRIVING ACROSS THE NATION
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VISUAL DIARY: DRIVING ACROSS THE NATION

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As I write this I'm a week off of a three week road trip out west and watching a bright orange harvest moon rise like a balloon over Lake Washington in Mississippi. 

Not a bad welcome home, eh?

Last summer, I set out on a two month solo excursion covering 10,000 miles and beginning the process of what it feels like to live without stability. As this year winds down, you could call this trip a bit of a "swan song." 

I haven't been anywhere longer than two weeks since May of 2018. It's beginning to take a toll, but the results of these travels are some of my biggest accomplishments to date. For what it's worth, I always drive and pay for very little because that's what works for me, but that shocks those who hear, for some reason.

This particular trip allowed me to see fourteen states, covering 4,000+ miles. Some of the journey was solo, some of it with loved ones. We camped, we sailed, we slept in teepees, we tripped and fell, we peed in the dark, our minds melded and we’re better for it. 

Camping on public land holds a unique place in my heart; one filled with empowerment and a level of connection that I'd like to discuss over coffee some time, not in a blog post. I learned of it last year somewhere in Utah and there's been a major shift since. 

Any time I spend out west continues to offer a lot of things: solitude, work, spiritual awakening, exhaustion, the unfamiliar and familiar. I scooped up a friend I’ve known more than half my life in southern California and we made our way, literally, across the nation. 

Cottonwood Pass, CO

Buena Vista, CO -- My feet after I fried le s*** out of them kayaking.

Cottonwood Pass, Colorado 

Cottonwood Pass, CO 

Marfa, TX 

Limon, CO 

San Diego, CA

El Cosmico - Marfa, TX 

Cottonwood Pass, CO 

San Diego, CA 

Marfa, TX

Leadville, CO 

Grand Canyon, AZ 

El Cosmico - Marfa, TX 

God knows where, UT

Colby, KS

Grand Canyon, AZ 

San Diego, CA

Cottonwood Pass, CO 

Hatch, UT