“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
The J.R.R. Tolkien poem above was a constant theme of my travels this summer. I was reminded of it over and over as I drove the seemingly endless miles, but even after I arrived home, then packed up and went camping for a few days in West Virginia, then packing again for the very last part of my trip…after I got home, I had an opportunity to travel to the Atlantic, so on the road again! This time, however, the trip was to see a relative near Myrtle Beach. She is ill, but one of the most beautiful people I have ever known! You see, this trip has been one of multiple benefits to me! I proved to myself that I am the strong, able person that I believed I am, I drove the entire width of this continent and enjoyed the freedom of the road, I stepped into two oceans (which truly are only one body of water) one freezing cold, the other nearly bathwater warm, I saw so many incredible things, I found a part of me that I thought was lost forever (my self-reliance), I visited a very dear woman who I know will be in my heart until I breathe my last, I met so many people that made lasting impressions on my mind and my heart, I saw the power of fire where the lushness we live in isn’t possible this year, and I ended the trip visiting someone with the strength and courage I hope I can have when faced with the serious struggles that life can sometimes bring.
I am truly one of the luckiest people on this planet! I have people around me who love me deeply despite my bullheaded, immovable attitude at times and very deep flaws, I love my career and realise more than ever that I have found my true calling in what I get to do starting at 4:50 every morning. I used to believe that everything that begins does eventually end, I don’t believe that anymore, I know now that the road goes ever on and I’m going to ride it as often as I can!
I hope you’ve enjoyed traveling with me this summer, Please enjoy the following pictures and videos that I could not get into the blog as I traveled, mainly due to connectivity issues! If you travel, I hope you learned through my experiences that you will have the best time ever, but be prepared for the fact that there is still wild in America! There are many, many long miles where cell service is nonexistent and that’s a very, very good thing! Because it is then that you realise your mettle. This blog will end at this point until next summer when I plan to travel again, but this time I will be focused on a place that I will explore thoroughly. Please feel free to follow my next adventure, the new school year on my blog, teacherexpressions.com, I plan to blog classroom happenings, the funny and the challenging, pictures, my ideas and anything else that might come up as I try to transition into a project-based, half flipped environment! Oh yea, and I’m hoping to take my students and their parents with me on this journey!
Before I sign off, I have to thank my cousin Donna, for never failing to leave a comment for me after every post, my family for the incredible support of all kinds before, during and after. My boss,for her kind words and for telling me that she was genuinely happy that I found my way back home and inspired her to do some travelling alone too! All of my colleagues at the high school where I teach at for all their kind words since I’ve returned.
The dancing waters of Kansas City!
Fish at Bass Pro near my hotel in Kansas City, huge tank!
Arizona somewhere along route 40.
The first picture is just entering California the next two are the windmills in California as I traveled.
My feet in the Pacific Ocean!
Smoke from the fire the evening before I left for Yosemite! I was nervous all night!
These last four are all from Myrtle Beach, notice the fish around my feet in the video above, one of them looked just like a baby shark!! But it was cool to see them! Well all, this is the end for this summer! Hope you enjoyed it, I sure did! Until next year, may your road go ever on and may you enjoy every mile of it!