Friday, January 18, 2008

And so it begins...

So here it is... true to my word, the blog for my trip! I've never made one of these before, never really understood why someone would want a bunch of random people to know boring details of their day to day lives; but in any case, it is kind of fun... perhaps that is the reason...

This is where I plan on keeping in touch with family, friends, and if I'm lucky, complete strangers who may stumble upon the site. Anyone can post a comment to the blog, which is a great way to keep in touch. I know I'll love hearing what every one's up to while I'm gone, just as much as you'll love hearing from me.

I'll try to post updates as much as possible. But undoubtedly I'll be in places without Internet access. So if I haven't posted an update in a while- no worries; I'll eventually get to it.

The Trip? Well, here it is in a nutshell:
This all started out on a flight returning to the US from South Africa, after I had volunteered with Habitat For Humanity in Zambia. I decided (somewhere along the 16 hour plane ride) that I needed to do more traveling. Not only is it fun and exciting, but its also an incredible form of education that you can't learn from reading a textbook in a classroom. Anyway... I started picking out destinations and emailing friends and family that would be interested in joining me. Before long I came up with the idea that I'd like to be out for six to nine months, traveling to a myriad of different countries, circumnavigating the planet, but still no definite "yes's" to come along. Then reality struck... mainly, financial reality... The trip had to be cut down. I decided I would rather visit places I haven't been to yet, and places people usually don't have the opportunity to go to, South America, Australia, and parts of Asia... and still no taker's in joining me.

Shortly thereafter, my cousin William said he would do it, even without a finalized itinerary! "Dude, I'm in!", were his exact words. I had mountain climbed with William before, trying to summit Mt. Thor in Alaska, and I knew if we could both survive 8 days in sub zero temperatures, living on a glacier, stuck in a storm staring at the ceiling of our "North Face" tent, then we would do "OK". Question: How many words can you make using the letters of "The North Face"?

After William joined things started falling in place and with both of us working on the plans we finally agreed on an itinerary.

So for four months we will be traveling to:

New Zealand

... And there it is

Blog Introduction- Done!