If you're an avid follower of my facebook page you know that I have left the comfort of civilization to embark on a journey of self exploration, and a photographic exploration of the American West. I started this journey back in January when I decided to give the nomad life a try for a month. I spent this time exploring Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras in California. I met some incredible people along the way and my life was forever changed in this month.
I realized that I can do this full time, my fears of not having a house were un-grounded. I sold all of my larger possessions and moved the small remaining amount into storage. That's it, I'm officially 'home'less. Although I now firmly believe home is where you make it, and right now that is a different location nearly every night. I've been traveling through Arizona and New Mexico this month visiting incredible locations that have been on my list for a long time.
It doesn't come without it's challenges, and there are moments I get down. These moments are few and far between though. Overall I am extremely happy and just have to remind myself how lucky I am to be able to do this while I am relatively young. I know of countless landscape photographers who would trade places with me an instant, I don't take this for granted.
I don't know what the ultimate goal or outcome of this journey is yet, but I know in time, if I'm open to it, the secret will be revealed. I will be blogging along the way and sharing my experiences and hopefully insights to that burning question 'why am I here?'
To give you an idea of how I'm living...I have my 4runner loaded up with camping and backpacking gear (even a small guitar). I drive hundreds of miles to visit new photographic locations, set up my tent every night (that's right I sleep in a tent every night!) I try to boondock as much as possible which means staying at free sites that usually have no amenities. I have a decent 'kitchen' that I setup at each site and cook all of my meals. As you can see this is not a luxurious trip living out of hotels and eating out every night, it's a hard life and I know it will get even harder. I'm ready for the challenge though. I have no safe harbor to return to, this would strike fear into even the strongest people out there. This unknown excites me though, there is little comfort and every day is a new experience, I feel alive.
I almost forgot to mention that my dog Emmie is along for the ride! She enjoys nearly every moment of it, and can't stand to be inside now. I couldn't ask for a better companion to have on the road.