The 2.5 weeks on the road felt like a month (in a great way) and we were both sad to return home. I commented as we were nearly back how it will be nice to flop into our bed and put all our stuff away but it didn't feel like home - home is the transient places we find adventures in. Supposedly people didn't pay attention to clocks very much or have any sort of synchronization between towns clocks until the railroad came through necessitating cohesiveness for catching trains. I imagine that before trains, life probably felt a lot like being out camping. Unless you structured your life around church or weekly social activities, you would lose track of the days of the week living more in the moment. They say time flies when you're having fun but I think it's more in relation to paying attention to the seconds ticking away on a watch or cellphone. Living outside of time, a schedule and expectations was completely relaxing despite some semi-grueling hikes. After six months of ridiculously long weeks, this break was exactly what was needed.
Campgrounds have always appealed to me because they contain nomadic people of varying intensities. Some tent camp, others have home spun campers made out of old airport shuttle busses while others live luxuriously in RVs with ridiculous names like Seneca, Intruder, and Leprechaun. No matter what level of money invested or comfort lived in, these folks are all my type of people to some extent. We met an older couple that live out of one of the tear drop style campers and they regaled us with stories of their travels around the world, Antartica being the most intriguing to me.
Yesterday we literally exited the highway near our house and went straight to the tattoo shop to get tattoos of one of the pictographs we had seen. There are times in your life where an experience defines your future like my first day on set - I knew it was going to become a part of my life. This trip has changed my life in that I always wanted to have adventures but now that I have, I know it's not something I can put aside. Work will punctuate the adventures simply as an enjoyable practicality not as a daily grind that I slowly watch my life disappear into.