Funny, when setting out to accomplish anything in life one typically creates a plan. Said plan take into account various stages of the process including the final end goal or objective.
Improvisation (which I happen to believe is strong American trait) often impacts the final result. Why? Because no plan is perfect! So after a couple of days in the desert I decided to improvise. Of course this also fits well with my impulsive nature; and so on Tuesday am I took a different path. Recognizing that I had come close to my physical limit for body stress I elected to go home. It was a decision fraught with a certain level of anxiety at first. But once I got over myself it was easy to recognize that I really missed Cherie and that nearly six weeks of separation was indeed enough.
So on Tuesday I rented a jeep and drove 37 hours straight home much to the my wife’s surprise! I drove through the worst drought conditions I had ever experienced, I saw one wildfire start in northern Arizona when lighting hit the side of a mountain; I saw on sun set and one sun rise. I ate two Mickey D $1 McDoubles, three $1 chocolate chip cookies; and I found another, you guessed it, Costco in Des Moines where I had a polish sausage with a coke. Bought a fun gadget at Target in Phoenix (thanks Danielle) that allowed my i-pod to be played and charged at the same time via the car auxiliary connector — I sang eight hours of songs twice or was it more?
I arrived late last night while on the phone with Cherie — I led her to believe I was still in Arizona. When she came to the door we were on the phone and she thought I was a neighbor making the surprise total and final.
Slept in my own bed last night, lost seven pounds, woke-up this morning initially wondering if everything has been a dream.
I have concluded that it was indeed a dream. But I also got re-energized about people and our country. There is much beauty and much love out there that if given half a chance gives us all an opportunity to get connected.
This blog was a first for me. Those who know me know that I can at times be brash and outspoken. But generally I don’t have that much of an audience so my words dissipate quickly. This written record is quite different since you and I can see everything I shot by camera or typed into my i-phone.
Glad you took the time to join me!
P.S. The glasses went through a lot–they are being tossed away!