Travel isn’t Always Pretty

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

A few days after my Kymco set fire to itself and melted into a puddle of black muck and blackened steel I had to make a decision…keep rolling or go home.

I honestly thought about quitting and going back but I’ve never made a commitment to being at a wedding and not followed through. I showed up to shoot weddings before and after mom died, I muddled through photographing two weddings the weekend after being rear ended by a semi in 2000. I showed up after driving overnight cross country on little sleep and even less cash. I was blessed to have the connections in my life and a police officer who drove me part of the way to fulfill my commitment to one of my favorite young adults in my life after the bike melted in front of my eyes…so I go.

I’m driving an unassuming typical car and sleeping in a tent I just picked up (mine melted to the pavement next to the bike.) I’ve had the opportunity to see dear friends and talk with awesome people each day.

I’ve been honored by how many people have read the blog and have reached out with either a note/call of concern and gratitude or have even helped in other ways. Know that all of this has been stored in my heart and appreciated.

I have been blessed with amazing people in my life.

So I roll…on four wheels instead of two for the moment.

Enjoy the ride!

LA

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This early morning image was captured the morning I packed my Kymco for the last time.
The nice police officer who kept asking if I was okay and then gave me a ride.

Melissa and parents of Melissa…thank you for helping and for a hot shower!

Friends who camped with me, got me where I needed to be, and helped with additional things unexpectedly. Thank you Don, Tina, Alicia, Colleen and Mark you made a stressful situation bearable.

Shannon and Jess thank you…your friendship and support mean the world to me!

Barb…you have always had my back and your belief in my writing has been unwavering…thank you.
Ms. Tina… gracious home host and heartstring friend thanks for letting me crash a couple of extra nights!
John and Bobbi thank you for your support.

Susan… I can’t find a picture of you or us…but thank you for your help and endless emotional support!

David… thanks for picking me up and taking me to the laundromat so I wouldn’t stink!

Rachel and Paul… I don’t have pics of either of you but I appreciate your help with rides and your time chatting. Your belief in me and the project are make me smile.

Honestly… there are so many people who have influenced me to keep going..thank you.

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