December 1st, 2013
I pulled into Breckenridge, Colorado where a new home awaited me. It had been 127 days since I left Pennsylvania for my road trip on July 27th, and in that time a LOT had happened. I originally planned to do a round trip in 2 months, but somehow I didn’t make it back to Pennsylvania. With 11,577 fresh miles on my car, I was about 4,000 miles over the original estimate of 7,500 miles. In all, I stayed in over 35 cities, towns, or national parks, and saw many more places on my trip. It was nothing less than extraordinary.
Still, as a person who enjoys taking trips, for the first time in a long time I was actually glad to be home. I had something to look forward to. In a few short days I would be starting my new position as a snowboard instructor with the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School, at one of the most visited ski resorts in the USA.
I traded the office for the mountains. The spreadsheets for the slopes. The keyboard for the snowboard. My life has officially been reformatted.
The thought of working with people on a daily basis – passing along a skill that has added so much enjoyment to my life – brought me overwhelming excitement. My first day came and went, and I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. I was getting paid to snowboard.
I felt like I was home. I made it. But how did I get here? Along the way there were many stops, many sights, many people who inspired me. Without them I may not have found myself where I am today.
At some point, I was so overwhelmed with the mere act of traveling that I had to stop writing. So in the coming weeks, I am going to pay homage to the places I’ve been, the people I met, and the inspiration they gave me. I hope I will do them justice, god knows they deserve it.
I learned a lot in the last four months. Hopefully I’ll pass some of that knowledge along. To anyone reading this, I want you to remember one thing above all else: LIFE’S TO SHORT TO BE STANDING ON THE SIDELINES. Whatever it is in life, if you want it, GET ON IT.
To come full circle, I’ll leave you again with a short inspiring video that I’ve posted before at the start of all this, and one that I watch often. Feel free to yearn. Til next time…