29 June 2011


It's not the climax you might expect, but Kristin and I are going home. And not home as in house, but as in America (specifically, Chicago).The international travel is ending. But the world tour continues. We have at least another six weeks to travel around the US before we arrive at our even more specific home, California.

And then we have a lifetime together to make our home home.

It's too early to write a summary of our world journey or make grand proclamations of what we've learned. We can't tell you what we'll be doing next, though we are both actively applying for jobs. We don't know where we'll be living. The future is very much up in the air.

But I can tell you one thing. Wherever you find me, you will find a smile on my face and joy in my eyes. For next to me, undoubtedly, will be the love of my life. Without her, this journey wouldn't have had the same meaning, and likely wouldn't have happened.

And going home means something quite unique when she's been by my side this whole time. 


  1. Denver-bound? Amy, Travis and I await. . .

  2. Dave - we need to buy the car first, then we can confirm road trip plans. If all goes well, though, we'd like to stop by to visit you sometime around August 1-4. Will you be there?

    It is amazing how many guides from OA are out there now: You, Scott, Travis, Kim Blix, Vanessa Carmean. Who else? Oh, and Erin is just south of you.

  3. Yep, I'll be there. Tasche, who you might not have guided with, is also out here with some other veteran guides before your and my time. Keep me post. The week leading up to the 1st is really crazy for me, FYI. Hope is works out!