Monday, August 15, 2016

Where have I been?

To those that have been following my blog, sorry I quit posting during the middle of my road trip, and it has been almost two years now without an update. Perhaps maintaining a blog was a little too ambitious of an undertaking. Especially with everything else going on in my life at the time.

There won’t be a post for days 15 -30 of my Rocky Mountain road trip. But I will share that those 30 days on the road and out in the mountains where vital in figuring out the direction of my life. I found out that the only cure for wanderlust is to embrace it. For years I tried to tame my adventurous soul, I made many mistakes and passed up great opportunities. I was living the American dream, of capitalism, homeownership, a career, stability... But I somehow lost track of my own dream.

A lot has changed in the last two years. Less than six months after I returned from my month long road trip I quit my job, rented out my house and sold most of my belongings. I didn’t know yet at the time what would happen next but I ended up finding my dream job as a Park Ranger. Working seasonally in the great Alaskan wilderness and being able to spend “the off season” traveling and taking pictures. It has been a dream come true, in some ways even better than I could have imagined. Although it also comes with its challenges, living a nomadic lifestyle, only getting paid for part of the year and never really knowing what's going to be next... I have no regrets though, I am 100% happier now than I was two years ago.

During the winter of 2015, in my “off season”, I converted a school bus that I had bought at an auction and turned it in to a motorhome. It is now my home and mobile photography studio, allowing me to travel and work on the road as an independent photographer/journalist. This is all still kinda new and I have no idea how it will work out. But that is what adventure is all about, embracing the unknown.

I am not going to promise you regular blog updates from now on, most likely they will be occasional and sporadic, kinda like my life right now. There is also something about writing that I can’t quite describe. Sometimes I spend hours trying to put words to my thoughts yet not come up with anything but then there are times where I just start writing and it all happens. 

I found out that the only cure for wanderlust is to embrace it. (Alaska - October 2015)

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