Posted by: GeekHiker | August 7, 2012

If You Post A Post On The Internet, And No One Reads It…

Where do I begin?  The cursor on my screen is blanking impatiently, demanding an answer.

“At the beginning” is what they always say.  At the moment, though, everything is kind of, well, mushy.

“Mushy?”  Did I seriously just type “mushy”?  Have my writing skills (or, at the very least, my vocabulary) really atrophied that much in the past few months?

Perhaps they have but, given that I haven’t posted in some time, there may be few readers left out there to actually read those words anyway.  Maybe that’s a good thing.

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Really, though, how does one even begin to describe a year’s worth of travels?  As I type that, I’m ever more jealous of those who can blog on the road.  A skill I need to work on, clearly.

But like I said, “mushy.”

Where does one begin?

I’ve climbed through lava tubes and on volcanoes, soaked in hot spring caves and traversed ancient peaks, seen the mountains of the Rockies and the geysers and lakes of Yellowstone, the plains of America’s heartland and the coal trains running eastward through them, the green country where the Amish still ride their horses and buggies, and watched the dawn light touch the rugged shore of Maine.

I’ve been warmed by mountain sun, spent nights freezing inside my tent, mornings scraping ice off the windshield and wringing out wet camp gear, and nights by the campfire under the stars.  There have been lonely hotel rooms and noisy hostel dorms, but also couches, air mattresses and guest beds in the homes of family and friends.

I’ve hiked along steaming volcanoes in 80kph winds, built houses for those far less fortunate than I under a blazing sun, clambered over boulders near the slopes of Mt. Doom and smelled the sulfur volcano in the air, climbed mountain passes in New Zealand and walked the alleyways of Melbourne, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef and smelled tea growing on misty mornings in tropical highlands, climbed a very large bridge in Sydney and swam amongst colorful fish just offshore from sandy beaches, seen the craziness and beauty of southeast Asia, and fallen in love with the Tube in London.

I’ve met online friends and made scores of new ones who live around the world.

I’ve had my life threatened in Ireland, and my heart and soul reinvigorated in Australia.

None of it, necessarily, in that order.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so you can see why I might be a little overwhelmed trying to think about it all at the moment.

And while I didn’t manage to make all the stops in between that I had wanted, I can now officially say that I’ve looped this little ball we call Earth.  The stops that I missed will have to be seeds of future travel.

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Now, I have to figure out what to do with all the thoughts, all the pictures, all the memories.

Oh, and figure out where to live, what to do to make a living, and make the impossible come true.

Nothing major.


  1. OMG, the life-threatening incident in Ireland sounds worrisome — so glad you’re okay. You sound more than okay. You sound great! I can’t wait to see pictures and hear more about your travels and what’s to come.

  2. I would say start from the beginning, skipping all the boring bits, and emphasizing the wonderful. We all want to read about the places you’ve been, the things you’ve done, and the people you’ve met. We’re nosy that way. The amount of detail … that’s up to you … until we start complaining and asking too many questions 😉

  3. Don’t worry; we’re listening.

  4. Ahhh I was so excited when I saw a post from you in my reader. Tell us EVERYTHING!

  5. Type on GH!

  6. Aha! You’re back – we’ve been waiting 🙂 Your travels sound wonderful and make me a more than a little bit envious… looking forward to hearing all about it when you’ve had a chance to catch your breath.

    Oh, and: ‘clambered over boulders near the slopes of Mt. Doom’ – hehe! Did you get carried back by giant eagles?

    And ‘fallen in love with the Tube in London’ – ❤ Lived in London for 7 years, still miss her. Approaching/departing tube trains sound almost musical to my ears.

  7. Glad to see another of your posts…..would love to see some photos!

  8. can’t wait to hear more about your adventure!

    psst: wings over camarillo …
    august 18 & 19 …

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