I recently graduated from veterinary school, which was a long awaited accomplishment in my life. Many of my colleagues are already out in practice, but despite my love for my career path, I was not ready to dive right in.
Instead, I spent the last year pinching pennies, living frugally and pocketing pieces of my school loans in order to afford the adventure of a lifetime.
The second week of May, I packed up my car with camping gear, some personal effects, my dog and my cat, and hit the road bound for the great unknown.
I started with a two week loop through Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. National parks such as Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, and Zion offered never before seen red rock structures, slot canyons and views that seemed endless.
I then headed out for the California Coast. With stops in the Bay Area, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles, I got a serious fix of beach views, bluff hikes, and amazing Mexican food.
East bound, I ventured through Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The heat was hard to beat, but evenings in the desert proved to have the most epic moon rises I’ve ever witnessed. My appreciation for air conditioning, popsicles and swimming holes has never been stronger.
I then passed through the humid southeast - Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Southern hospitality at it’s finest. I happened to hit the South around the same time as Tropical Storm Cindy, but luckily a friend in the area provided more sturdy accommodations than my meager tent.
I am currently exploring the trails and waterfalls of the Carolinas, bound for the Atlantic Ocean within a weeks time. Then up the East Coast I’ll go, headed for Maine and the Canadian border. I’ll finish the trip back where I began, in the great Pacific Northwest, my home.
This trip has been humbling. The amount of generosity, hospitality and love that I have been offered, from strangers and friends alike, is astounding. I have been told at least a hundred times, “I wish I could do what you’re doing,” when people hear the extent of my current adventure. My response,every time, is simple. “You can!”
The trip of a lifetime does not require luck, circumstance, or privilege. It simply requires passion, and drive. This trip was a priority for me, one that wasn’t going to take a back seat to anything else. It is the fuel for my soul to be out here, meeting people, finding the good in this world, and exploring the beauty of Mother Earth. So stop wishing, and start DOING! Because each day is a blessing, and you will never look back and regret the time you went on your "Prime Adventure!"
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