I’ve been thinking a lot about traveling, lately. Creating a blog and 47 (I exaggerate) social media accounts about camping and traveling will have that effect.
Sometimes I can’t believe I’m back home. After all the time I spent away from home, after all the belongings I hate to part with, and after all that I’ve experienced, I can’t believe that I’m back home, in the same place I was before. I’m residing in the same house, working the same type of job, doing the same things in my free time, and living in the same city I lived in for the seven years before I left to travel.
These things didn’t change. My house didn’t change. Milwaukee didn’t change. But, I changed. After coming back home, I realized that I’m different. I don’t quite fit the life I was living before I left.
I don’t think I’m the only person to realize this. I have fewer people in my life now. Upon my return, I realized that many of my friends moved on while I was away. That’s one of the downfalls of travel. Friends’ lives keep moving and building in one place, while your life grows in a different way.
My point is here, somewhere.
I’ve been back home for 16 months now. In that time, I:
- Reconnected with family and friends
- Made my travel partner my permanent partner in life (Yay! We got married!).
- Traveled to Virginia Beach for my cousin’s wedding (Congrats, Cuz!).
- Attended two other beautiful Wisconsin weddings.
- Played three seasons of softball.
- Joined a soccer team, for the first time!
- Convinced an old job to hire me back, then convinced a new job to hire me on.
- Got a promotion!
- Lived at my mom’s in the suburbs, then moved back to Milwaukee.
- Said goodbye to two very special family members, and then said hello to three very special, new family members (Newbies, you know your names!).
- Went on many hikes and bike rides.
- Went camping a few times, and bought an obscene amount of camping gear (Thanks REI, for relentlessly tempting me!).
- Explored two incredible national parks.
- Visited two states I had never been to before.
- Became Professor Trelawney for one glorious night!
- Devoured 17 books (and counting).
- Started this blog.
- Made a solid plan to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2017.
To put it simply, more adventures are calling!
If you need me,
I’m just Two Tents Down!