Gearing up for travel…

Well, I made the decision to leave my job and travel. I’ve been thinking about this for over a year; possibly right around the time I moved to Bend. It’s become clearer and clearer over the last year that this is what I need to do. When I was seeing a therapist back in fall ’14, we talked about it a lot and he was supportive of me doing it, largely because that’s what I talked about quite a bit.

When I met Hannah, we talked about it on our first date. Now, 9 months later, I was able to pull the trigger by sending an email to my bosses letting them know I would be leaving early next year.

I’ve made some progress over the weekend, by listing a few of my unneeded items on Craigslist. One of those items is a truck toolbox, which I removed so I can install a camper shell (topper, canopy) on my pickup. I plan to live out of the canopy and road trip around the USA.

I’m looking forward to visiting my friends and relatives all over the country, and seeing lots of amazing places. I want to stop in lots of National Parks, do tons of backpacking and hiking, maybe some kayaking (I haven’t decided if I should bring my kayak…), and ALL of the sightseeing!

My inspiration for building the living space in my pickup came from Ryan over at (see link below).

I’m still searching for a canopy, but I’ll post photos in my next update. I’ll leave you with a quote that I’ve found inspiring, and for the last couople of years, I’ve tried to make it my motto:

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.