Good Road trip, California for the summer
Trip Start Sep 05, 2006
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I've made this decision to come back to California for the summer for a number of reasons, but I've also realized that I needed to make the decision independant of Kristina, and do it for all my own reasons. I have such a wonderful little family, and at this point in my life I have more freedom to choose where I am and what Im doing than ever. Its the best chance to spend some real time with my loving family that I may have for a long time so Im going to take advantage of the opportunity now. I thought it would be great to come to NZ and set up a temporary life for myself so that I can continue traveling, but for me thats not the right reason to go to a country, and to live in a country. I was so blindfolded by the drive to work, make money so that I can leave again, that I almost never let myself enjoy the AMAZING south Island. If Im going to be working a ton, why choose to do it where I have no connections, no friends, no family, and no life to tend to? It was my mindset which tainted my experience here
I have had some small highlights here and there. I've had the chance to do a couple really long runs, 40 kilometer long runs in an insuferably diverse and beutiful landscape, and just recently I took myself and my big blue van on a little tour of the northern part of the south island. I had to move out of my flat over two weeks ago, which was a huge logistical pain on its own, and actually become a homeless person. Luckily, I am the proud owner of the big blue van, and it became my home. As the job came to a close at the field station, I grew excited by the idea of living in my van. I biffed my mattress in the back, thats a queen size matress, and it fit perfectly behind the couch which currently doubles as the living room/backseat. Some of the other folks I worked with at Cass made me a homeless man's box of food with all our leftover food complete with a healthy supply of PB and J which keeps us Americans alive in times like these.
Roadtripping is a great way to see the South island, and lots of peole do it in just the style I did. A beat up old van with some modest furnishings goes a long way. Old diesel vans like ours sound off all over the south Island, and I feelt immediately at home. Luckily the old radio was just up and running and I pounded the Cure, Bob Dylan, and the return of the Jedi sountrack, on cassette tape of course
I have one more day here in New Zealand, then I head home. Its been a wonderful adventure for the past 9 months, but dont worry its not over. Round 2 is comming and it will surely bring yet a whole world into the light for me.
I hope to see many of you soon!