Its been a busy year for me, I graduated college, I got a new job, I had a lot of fun and I traveled all over the place... This year between driving, flying, boating walking and every other method of transportation I traveled 25,000 miles... Just to put that in perspective, the circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles and the average American travels less than 15,000 miles a year (thanks for the fact AAA). So I walked the Earth and I'm not your average American...
I went canoeing in the Boundary Waters, mountaineering in New England, whitewater rafting in Pennsylvania, backpacked all across the west, packrafted in Alaska, revisited some of my favorite places and found some new favorites. I created friendships that will last a lifetime and I went on adventures with people that changed the way I look at the world. Its been a truly amazing year, and I'm sure I still have even better years to come. For sure I had my ups and downs and just like anyone else I had my struggling moments in life, but I like to think about the happy things...
I just want to take a second and thank everyone who has traveled with me, everyone who has been around and enjoyed a story, had a drink at the bar with me or been lucky enough to go on an adventure. Thanks to my friends and family for being awesome and not giving up on my ass yet. Also, thanks to everyone who reads these blogs about my journeys, without you I think I would have given up on writing these a long time ago... Seriously, they take a lot of time.
"There's so much aversion to risk taking. You have to take risks if you want to learn anything about yourself. You want to expand the self imposed walls we put around ourselves..."
The Hopeless Wanderer