Into the Unknown

I feel like every time I write a blog post I have to apologize for my delinquency, but fear not I am done apologizing from here on out. I'm sorry it has been so long, OKAY?! Since this adventure began back in December, I’ve journeyed from the icebergs of Antarctica all the way to the beautiful metropolis of Portland Oregon and now into Asia (18 countries and 4 continents to be exact). Since my last post I bummed my way from San Diego to Portland via friends driving me, craigslist ride share, and one overnight train from SF to Oregon. I want to take 10 words to say thank you for (start counting now) hosting/driving/feeding/hanging out with me while I was home! I’ve seen incredible places, met amazing people and have loved every minute of this journey we know as life, but you guys fuel my fire! 

Easy ladies, he's taken. Thanks for flying me around you hippie.

Perched up for Perseid meteor shower

To answer everyones question, “What’s been your favorite / Where is the coolest place?” Antarctica is the coldest and the best thing I did was pack my bag and take my life on the road. Narrowing it down is like playing darts with spaghetti, there's just no point. It's harder than Charlie Sheen at a whore house. If you're looking for suggestions; go hiking in Patagonia, surfing in Nicaragua, scuba diving in the Galapagos islands, exploring the coffee fields of Costa Rica, camping in Yosemite and on a brewery tour / beer drinking marathon in Bend Oregon. Once you knock those off the list get back to me and I'll hand you off a few more! 

Mount hood from Trillium Lake...post beer-a-thon in Bend

Pit stop in Yosemite

Pit stop in Yosemite

Lets change gears not to what has happened, but what has changed. Well in my 9 months in South America, I lost 10 pounds. Within a month of being back in the USA I put on 12 pounds, which begs the question, what on earth are we eating?! Along with the weight, I lost my carelessness (is that even a word?). I’m even more conscious and mindful of what I eat, say and most importantly what I think. Maintaining a positive mindset means creating the space for it to exist. Ways to implement this: cleaner food, less alcohol, less judging, more complimenting, less "news", more documentaries (my favorite)…simple things that change EVERYTHING! Speaking of less, I downsized to a 52 liter back pack from my 80. Funny to think that in a single backpack you can carry so much unnecessary things. I was convinced a hammock was a must have, but I'll never know why I thought I needed 5 mini-usb cords, 2 extra go-pro cases and three pairs of shoes...

Even with my lessons learned, I’m still a rookie traveler / still human. This time I forgot a rain cover for my backpack (and it hasn't stopped raining yet…), a razor (the beard is coming back, screw it.), a re-usable water bottle (lost mine in Guatemala, with all my other “precious” goods) and sunglasses (hope you're enjoying those Kara!). Fortunately things are cheap here, I just snagged a pair of sandals for $3, and I’m hoping to stumble upon the perfect shitty sunglasses for about the same price or less. The next X amount of months will be filled with island hopping, scuba diving, asian street food deliciousness, yoga, and hopefully some beautiful sunsets to share. You guys rock for reading, sharing, and donating to the cause along the way, especially you Ivan, this baby Macbook makes the blog life so sweet! The next post will highlight Taiwan (or will it?), the photos will likely be awfully grey thanks to all the rain but you know I’m out here trying! 

Taipei 101 after the rain stopped

I leave you with my life philosophy as explained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

‘One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu - the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity.’ 

Ubuntu and stay wild!

-Joe