A few weeks ago, I took time off. I hit the road for 9 days and didn’t have much cell phone service for most of the journey. It really cut me off from the outside world and forced me to be present. It’s also the longest amount of time off I’ve had in almost 2 years.
Which also means I didn’t do anything work related including taking 2 weeks off from blogging. And last week was a little bit more hurried since I was going out of town again!
I’ve finally been able to have a weekend where I stayed in and got to catch up on errands, cleaning, and new episodes of Empire and Shark Tank. My 2 favorite things about fall? Football season and an abundance of tv shows. Oh and I do like pumpkin flavored things as well.
Not going to lie, being totally cut off from the outside world and internet and everyone I knew was pretty tough the first couple days. It was especially hard on my first day in Yellowstone national park. I wanted to Snapchat everything I saw! Or tweet about it. It was all SO beautiful and amazing to see.
But I soon realized that no reception was a blessing. All I did was fully enjoy what was in front of me, take a few photo’s, walk around, explore, and just be there. It was fantastic.
Also a little scary. Mostly when I was out in the middle of nowhere in between towns and there was endless miles of empty fields or open road with hardly anyone around. And again, no cell phone service. And no paper map. Cause I didn’t think I’d need one since I’m smart like that.
Thankfully I made it all the way through without any major setbacks. Burglars, mass murderers, and bears are real hazards and buzzkills.
I was able to complete my first major road trip and cover a lot of ground. It’s the first wave in what will be many more to come.
Total honesty? This all started brewing about 2-3 months before the actual trip. Back then it was still just an idea. A crazy idea. I wasn’t even totally sure I could do it. I was terrified that I’d be attacked or abducted out on the road.
Then I started to tell people about it. Then I started to map it all out and estimate expenses for lodging and gas. By this point I had to go, I’d look kind of silly if I didn’t.
So I guess it’s official. I’m declaring this one of my current life goals, to visit every state in the U.S. by the time I’m 30. Boom. (I turn 27 in February so I’m pretty good on time.) I want to give this life quest a clear goal and a deadline.
J.R.R. Tolkien once said that, “Not all those who wander are lost”. I choose to wander freely and maybe get a little lost along the way