Hello all! The days are going very quickly. I have returned from California after having an awesome week with my brother and friends! We got a lot of snowboarding in and also made a trip to San Francisco in which was very fun. One of my favorite cities yet. I have posted a picture taken from Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate Bridge with the shadows of me, Taylor and Aaron.
golden gate bridge
Last Tuesday I drove from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Brevard, North Carolina. Luckily my poor old car (The Buick) made it with no trouble at all. It was fun traveling alone, I appreciate road trips. So now I am down south spending some time with my family. It is so nice down here, sunny and warm.
The official countdown till New Zealand is 22 days!!! I cannot wait. Also, see my links I just added a link to my friend Chad’s blog. He is in San Diego and Mexico with Invisible Children. Check it!
sunset at lassen
Tomorrow I am headed for Lake Tahoe to visit my brother for a week. I am so excited to be able to see him before I leave for New Zealand. I am also super excited to get some snowboarding and a trip to San Francisco in. YES. I love traveling out west to see him. I think the most anticipated moment of the entire trip is initially seeing him at the airport because he never fails to cause a funny scene upon my arrival which always sets the right mood.
Last May I was in Tahoe for the entire month and it was incredible. Me and Taylor took several trips around the state to go camping, hiking and surfing. The beauty we found in Northern California totally blew my mind. I remember in particular one day we were up at Lassen Volcanic National Park, there was snow everywhere still but it was probably about sixty degrees and so sunny. I was sort of exploring around while listening to Sigur Ros in my ipod (to add to the beauty) and I could see for miles down into the surrounding valleys. The site was unexplainable. Completely breathtaking and overwhelming. Majestic. Magnificent. I will never forget that moment. That trip was incredible and every single time I go out there it is always something new. I am so thrilled to have the chance to go out again.
Sigur Ros has been a huge part of my life these past few months, (I was able to see them in September and it was amazing at the very least) just wanted to share a great video!!!
Sigur Ros, Hoppipolla
To backtrack for a second, we spent Christmas at Timber Wolf Lake in Michigan and here is a photo from the holiday. My and my sister on Christmas Eve. I like how the tree glows.
You know how silent it can be when the snow is falling? That is the only way I can describe today, an echo of silence. That is one of my favorite qualities of this winter season. I have experienced stillness like I have never before. That very stillness has become a part of me this week. I have been soaked in words… words of my own, words of others. Nonetheless I have grown very fond of learning from the likes of N.T. Wright, Donald Miller, C.S. Lewis and of course F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck.
My friend Jaclyn (see the links to the right, my travel buddy) and I have been doing a good deal of movie watching. To give you an idea of the films we are into, this weeks repertoire included Blood Diamond, The Kite Runner, City of God and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. All very profound, full of truth and completely heartbreaking. There is much to be learned from the stories of others, their tales, their sufferings, their loves and their verities. It is extremely eye opening to learn and be reminded of what is actually going on around our world, especially before such a worldwide adventure that I am about to embark on.
Happy New Year Everybody!
Well, I have left the land of snow in Northern Michigan and am in Grand Rapids for the time being. I feel as though this is the first step of the journey ahead of me because I have left my job and what I know and am now living day to day without the security of a paycheck or a daily routine. This is very exciting to me. I had coffee with a very good friend the other day and he said, “Well, now you are living the life of a rambler,” and we continued to both sing the first few lines of Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band. I am going to start writing more during the last few weeks of preparation for the trip. Take care & be well.