I can’t believe an entire year has passed since I set out on my driving adventure. Well 12 months and 32,000 miles later I’m still at it. Lets look back at the best road trip ever!
So after crashing the ATV in Kauai, flying home to NYC so they could put Humpty Dumpty back together again after his great fall, I flew back to Los Angeles and started the drive home back East.
I arrived back in New Jersey on November 24th where I spent the next several weeks catching up with friends and family, eating real bagels and taking some time to reflect on the months that had passed before heading off for a little European jaunt to visit friends. Isabelle, Karin, Darragh, Hiro, Jen, Peter, Paula and Sarah (and of course Franco who flew to London for Xmas) thanks for a great month abroad. So many pictures and fun times, but I’m just going to post one photo of me lovely girls who I spent most of the time with and who I just adore.
Then another month back in NYC before hitting the road again on March 4th 2012
So one last photo before I wrap up The Year in Pictures. The photos I’ve chosen so far are a random selection reflecting back on the last year on the road, pretty much in chronological order. I could have done 100 different variations on this post with just as many photo combinations. Are these “the best” maybe, maybe not, but they are a good representation of what this road trip has been all about, travelling around and seeing beautiful things everywhere and learning something new every day.
May 1, 2011, a year ago to the day that my Terrain pulled out of NYC with just a few hundred miles on it and my desire to go and explore. This trip has exceeded my highest expectations and I know it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. When I set out this morning I really didn’t know where I was heading exactly. I drove over to Second Mesa on the Hopi Reservation and met a man by the name of Gibson who’s family had lived there for generations. Then back to Tuba City and nothing was really grabbing me. I thought this is not turning out to be a fitting day of adventure for my travelversary. Then all of a sudden it dawned on me, maybe it wasn’t about me at that moment, maybe it was time for a moment of appreciation. I sat and talked with Gibson for a while noticing the box of crafts under his arm. I had driven to the highest point in Second Mesa and he was there by his house looking at this visitor in his shiny new black car with NY license plates. I knew he was going to ask me to buy something and I was happy to help this unassuming man in a small way, but in the end it would mean a lot more to me probably that it did to him. After our encounter he was $20 richer, I was a lot richer than that.
The item that I bought from him was a circle of life carving that he had done. On a small piece of paper written by hand was the following description:
Circle of Life, Four colors represent the four directions, stages of life, cycle of seasons, races of people, center (white) earth symbol divided into four parts, which represent the four worlds, dots represent the eras of human life, East-knowledge, South-life, West is the power to change, North-wisdom.
Was it just a coincidence that this message came to me from an elder native american who happened to be waiting on top of a bluff when I arrived on this particular day or was it something more, who knows, but I’ll take the message and the words of wisdom that are so very clear to me at this point. It’s a short dance on this planet, so dance it well.