Home Is Where The Heart Is…

HEAD’S UP – We’re on another big adventure. Starting June 19, 2012, we’ll be heading out west to see the beauty of our wonderful country. You can follow the two-month trip by checking our blog at:

keithoutwest.wordpress.com.

Come along! It’s going to be great!

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This was the final entry in a two month trip to Alaska and back with many, many stops along the way. If you’d like to see the trip in chronological order, go to the calendar at the bottom left of the page and go to June 2011 where the first entries are. Each day, I posted comments and photos and, most days, I posted a photo album that coincided with the day’s events and had more photos than the regular entry. I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did….

Big Red is sitting in the driveway. Clothes are not quite unpacked. Souvenirs and presents have been given. Tonight, I sat out on the back patio and had a ice-cream cone with my wife while listening to the birds and watching the sun set.

It’s good to be home.

Fifty-eight days on the road. Twelve Thousand, Two Hundred, Eighty Two miles logged. Thousands of photographs. Memories that will last forever.

I’ve been to places that I never dreamed I would see and saw things that I never knew existed.

I met many people along the way who were friendly, helpful, and just good folks. Like Dave and Alice, the nice couple from Florida who got me a ladder to help put my Marysville sign up in Watson Lake . Or Mike, the Vietnamese barber in Portland who had been cutting hair for fifteen years in his little shop – his English was not so good, so we spent the whole time laughing at the Maury show together. Or the nice kid in Missouri who noticed my Ohio plates and stopped to see if I needed help when I pulled over to talk on the phone.

I saw animals roaming freely among the most beautiful mountains and forests and stood where evidence of the passing of frontier settlers was still visible. I watched huge sections of blue ice break free and splash into frigid waters after completing a long slow journey from the mountain tops. I marveled at majestic natural wonders towering above me and wide-open ranges spread out before me as far as I could see.

There were small towns where people proudly proclaimed their love of America and big cities where crowds of tourists came to see our great land for themselves.

We’re only on this earth for a short time. Too often, we get swept up in our daily routines, in our work, our careers, our problems. It’s good to get out and breathe some new air and walk some new streets.

This has been a wonderful adventure.  Life should be an unending series of adventures where we never grow tired of looking around and seeing new things. I don’t know when or where the next one will be – but there will always be a next one.

I created one last Photo Album for July 31. I hope you’ve enjoyed my fun wherever you are and I’m glad to have been able to share. I’d love to hear from anyone who went along for the ride.

Thanks,

Keith

58 days.

12,282 miles.