an introduction of sorts

Ah yes, first post.  Truthfully, I wanted to get something up on the internet about two weeks ago, but my last few weeks in New York didn’t dictate that.  So here I am, in the Shenandoah National Park, making up for lost time. 

So, I’ve set out to live on the road for the next several months.  There are a lot of motivations for this.  For one, I’ve left New York for good and I’m looking for my new home.  I plan to get to know new cities along the way and hopefully find one that I feel best suits this next chapter in my life.  

Secondly, although I’ve lived in some pretty incredible cities in my life, I’ve started to realize that I don’t really KNOW America.  I know certain parts of it well, but there is a whole different way of life out there that I am not familiar with and that started to seem kind of unfortunate.  My hope for this trip is that, at the end, I’ll have a better understanding of this country.  That means I want to talk to folks from all walks of life.  Frankly, the more we have different ways of living and different ways of thinking, the better.  I have my thoughts and viewpoints on what is right and wrong, but that doesn’t mean that is the end all and be all.  Everyone comes to their own conclusions for different reasons and I’m very curious to have a better grasp of where other people are coming from, regardless of if I agree with them or not.

Third, I really want to SEE this country.  As I’ve been preparing for this trip over the last year and a half, I’ve come across photos of some truly magical places that are just in our backyard.  I’ve got the time to go and check them out now and I couldn’t be more excited to see them for myself as opposed to on the internet.

Lastly, and to that end, I am really looking forward to camping a ton.  Growing up, my family camped a lot.  It was not unusual for us to be up in the mountains for a week at a time, running around in the woods and exploring along creek beds.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done that much less.  I think living in New York has really made me crave the outdoors more so than ever before.  So I plan to live pretty simply (though all of the shit in my car right now might make you think otherwise) and see what little I can get by with.  Being that I’m writing this on day three of my first camp stop, I can already tell that a lot of this stuff I’ve packed is going to be donated to friends or left along the way.  

That pretty much sums it up.  I plan to write as much as I can so that I can keep all y’all in the loop and also so that I can record this for myself later on down the line.  I’m journaling, too, but the quickness of the keyboard is pretty alluring.