Monday, March 7, 2011


I am trying, okay?

I returned from the most life-changing adventure on Feb 26.  I am trying to get back into the swing of things some and dedicate some time to write about it.  It needs to be written about. I want to spray out some words and pics about it. I need to.

Anywho, one of these days, I promise to post pics and words.  One of these days.

I think the hardest thing about returning from a long, sensational vacation is the harsh realization that I don't enjoy my day to day life working NEARLY as much as I enjoy my day to day having adventures.  Career change for me?  Probably not.  Different perspective on life?  Certainly.

I am sure of a couple things. We are small and insignificant in this world.  Our time here in this life is short, violent, and grossly unimportant on the scale of Earth and the world.

I am so blessed to have Amanda to share my time with.  I love her.


  1. I know what you mean about the harsh reality of coming back to normalcy. Life has pretty much completely sucked since Kilimanjaro. Well, except for time with the girls and the fact that I have 4 or 5 other adventures in various stages of planning, along with triathlon season quickly approaching. The question that had to be asked as we boarded the plane on the way back was "what's next?"

    There's no stopping now - this is just the start.

  2. Well spoken. That's what I think now, too. What's next?

    I think my trip also gave my increased perspective on how precious our lives really are and how valuable our time really is.

    "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ~ Ferris Bueller.

  3. Freakin' awesome Dude !
    Any life-changing experience gives you a new view on life.
    Even though one returns to the 'harsh reality' they can appreciate where they've been - and look forward to what may come next.

  4. The new view on life is a good thing and a bad thing. It gives me a strong sense of urgency to have fun and accomplish whatever I have as goals in my life. This includes marriage and life experiences with my dear fiance. In truth, though, goal accomplishment CAN be a frustration. On the back side of goal accomplishment, there can be disappointment if said goals don't pan out in an anticipated way, or if the high feeling of achievement isn't as high as anticipated. After accomplishing goals, there can be a feeling of nothing to look forward to later in life. Thankfully, most of the time it is exhilarating.

    So, I figure goals must always be upped, regurgitated, swapped, changed, created, and modified.

    I have no wish to return to a basic, simple, vanilla life either way.


  5. Have you considered the circus life?

    I have. After I got back from Africa, I took the girls to the zoo. While we were watching the dude cleaning up elephant shit, I honestly thought to myself, "that guy has a better job than I do." He probably doesn't think so, but on any given day, he has a pretty good idea of how much shit to expect to be dumped on him.

    I have so many goals, I NEED for reincarnation to happen. My NFL career in my next life should be pretty cool, my drag racing career in the following life will be fun, and I think I can have a decent shot at the pro golf tour about 4 or 5 reincarnations from now, assuming they don't change the rules too much and I actually start playing.

    The good thing about all this is that we both can say we've done something very few people can say they've done. How many Americans have actually ever tried vacationing abroad, let alone something adventurous? Most of the people I know don't have passports. Matter of fact, I did a little surfing and found that 37% of Americans have a passport (while 71% of Brits do).

    Part of it is probably cultural or the fact that we do have a lifetime's worth of cool things to see within our borders, but I think part of it is how easy it is to "pretend" that you've been places with today's technology - when you can use Google maps to "walk around" New York City, it's an easy out for a lot of folks. It's a hell of a lot easier and cleaner to lie on the couch and watch Survivor than to actually live it.

    Nonetheless, it just isn't anything like being there.

  6. There truly is nothing like being there. Also, adventures beat the life-lovin' tar out of work.