Monday, August 2, 2010

Welcome!

Hello!  Welcome to my blog.  A little over a week ago I quit my job in the aerospace industry to pursue my dream of traveling.  My travel plans are so vague that they would not be recognizable as plans to most people.  The truth is that I don’t want to have a plan (for possibly the first time in my life … or maybe second).  My theory (only partially tested so far) is that if I come up with a detailed itinerary, I’ll be focused so much on keeping to my schedule that I will miss out on the things right in front of me.  I suppose I could say that my idea, which will be turning into reality in the near future, is to go on a US/Canadian road trip starting from Louisiana and going counterclockwise around the perimeter states.  I want to focus on national and state parks, historical and cultural areas and maybe see a few of those large collections of steel, glass and concrete that some people call cities.

Another aspect of this trip that should create a fuller adventure is that I plan to do it on a very tight budget: no hotels, lots of camping, possibly hostels in big cities, possibly some couch surfing, no nice restaurants (not that they would let me in after I turn into a scruffy looking backwoodsman who “appears” to live out of his car).

Due to unforeseen circumstances (poor planning), moving out of my apartment took a week instead of two days.  My vision of having plenty of time to think through what I want to keep, deciding what I can donate or try to sell and then packing everything efficiently for long term storage turned into haphazardly stuffing things in boxes at the last minute.  Now that I am fully out of my old apartment in Uptown New Orleans, I need to reorganize everything so I can get closer to my initial estimate of 6-8 boxes (that would easily fit in one of my parents’ closets) instead of the 20+ that currently takes up two rooms.  I figure it will take about two days to accomplish this and then do some last minute trip preparing, so I guess I’ll be posting real travel stories in about a week.

8 comments:

Alton said...

What city/town are you traveling to first?

Y said...

Congratulations on seizing your dream! If you make it to Coker Creek, TN, we'd be happy to give you a bed, bath, and banquet.

Ryan Fuller said...

Nice try Alton! I'm not falling for your trick questions. If I knew where I was going then I'd be planning now wouldn't I? Just kidding - I'll probably end at a state park in Mississippi.

Thanks for the invite to Coker Creek Y. I'll let you know if I pass by.

Molly said...

Its going to be so cold up north, head south Fuller...SOUTH! Either way, I am super excited for you!

Ferg said...

This is going to be a great trip! You are welcome to our house in Denver ANY time. One bit of travel advice is not to skimp on the food too much. One of the best ways to dig into the culture is to try the local specialties. It doesn't have to be fancy restaurants, but don't go go for ramen when you could be tucking into clam chowder or pulled pork sandwiches! Mmmm...fooooood.....

Kevin Primeaux said...

What's up man... been a long time. Hope you have a safe trip, and it's a great dream your living out there. Hope all goes well! Don't forget to take lots of pics, we'd love to see

Aparna said...

All the very best... I wish I was as brave as u..following ur dream and travelling... I live for travelling and I am hoping u will write more as you go along.. wld love to hear of ur adventures...

Jason said...

this may help...

http://www.couchsurfing.org/

and hit me up when you're in cali

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