four years ago today [2012.09.06]
on this day i was about to embark on a journey across the country, one without a date to return home. my home would be my pop-up truck camper as i began life on the road. it was a new chapter in this adventure called life.
summer was almost over. i had been helping a friend with his startup company since i left florida the end of may, much longer than anticipated. i wanted to get on the road west weeks earlier to have plenty of time to explore before it got too cold in the northern states. i planned out the first 10 days from chicagoland to the first campground i'd be staying at in washington, and figured i'd make my way towards the coast after that, though had no other plans set in stone.
i felt i might not want to leave once i got to california. i had been there once before, nearly a decade earlier. i recall sensing the beautiful, relaxed feeling in the air when i first arrived. it was quite unlike florida.. perhaps it was because i was on vacation someplace new, though there was still something about it that felt different. the nature was quite striking and there was so much of it. i'd been to washington and oregon a couple times after my first trip to california, and also appreciated the landscapes found there. i was excited to be heading out west and getting to explore the middle states of the country i'd never yet seen. something about the wide open land always called to me.