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Rocky Mountain High - Colorado, U.S.A.

Well this one has been a long time coming. I've been trying to gather my thoughts and get a true grasp of what has transpired over my life the last sixteen months. A fruitless effort to say the least. It is impossible to put into words (especially when you lack the talent) how special this phase of my life has been. I sought out and chased after a lifelong dream and was able to find it in the incredible places I visited and the amazing people I met along the way. To all of my friends and the strangers that gave me a helping hand when I was down and out - a big thanks. The people I met along the way really enhanced my experience and I'll never be able to repay that and most I'll never see again. Perhaps I'll be lucky and years down the road a fellow traveler will look me up. All things told I was gone for 473 Days. The equivalent of 473 days is 67 weeks and 4 days. Equal to 11,352 hours or 681,120 minutes, or 40,867,200 seconds. Ya, I had a lot of time on my hands. So why does it seem like I haven't been gone at all and that it was just yesterday I left? I visited a total of twenty countries all with their own form of uniqueness and magic. Some people ask me about money and costs, and I'm not going to go into it here. But trust me it does not cost as much as you would think. I spend way more money being home on a monthly basis than I ever did when I was traveling. At the end I came in way under the "budget" I set for myself. It takes a little hard work and hardship to travel on the cheap, but at the end of the day the experiences you are rewarded with cannot have a price or savings put on them. The big bad world is not so big and scary after all. I went - alone - and guess what; I was not murdered, maimed, or robbed. You could argue I never even got sick. Was I lucky, maybe. Was I smart and aware of my surroundings, mostly. I guess the point I am trying to make is that anyone can do what I have done. A little planning and a burning desire is all you need and after you take that first step (which is the hardest part) and actually go, everything will fall into place. It always does and it always did for me and countless others before me. Now that I have returned home everything is like the first time again. Like went I went into the mountains and realized what a beautiful place I live in.

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