On the road again
If you were to tell me six months ago that I’d be living in Nebraska, I’d guffaw quite heartily and then tell you to stop lying to my face. But here we are and I’m typing this post from a skeletal office setup in my new house here in Lincoln, NE. There were a number of factors that went into our decision to move here and, so far, everything has been progressing smoothly. However, before entering into the mania of unpacking boxes, wrapping up the sale of our Portland house, and truly letting the dust settle, I decided to go on a bit of a road trip with my sister, Greta. The initial plan was to do the trip solo but last minute changes made it possible for her to join me and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. You see, like me, my sister was born and raised in New York City. Unlike me, however, she has never camped, been on a road trip, or visited a national park. I wanted to change that. So, once the movers took all of my earthly belongings, we packed the Jeep, said one last goodbye to the house, and began driving the first of about 2,600 miles. Throughout this post, I’ll share a variety of photos and videos taken with either my or my sister’s iPhones. It’ll help color things in for ya. 👍🏼
Our first day was pretty uneventful. We just needed to drive the eight-or-so hours from Portland to Missoula, MT. Fortunately, my iPhone was filled with several audiobooks. To kick things off, we began listening to one of my favorites, Ready Player One. After most of the day in the car, we arrived at our destination, grabbed some dinner, and called it a night.
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and Yellowstone NP
The next morning, we beelined it to a wonderful hidden gem called The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Both Greta and I were under a lot of stress in our own ways, so finding this location was perfect. It was serene and charming and it did wonders by providing us with a environment to contemplate and clear our minds.
The rest of the week progressed smoothly with us driving through Grand Teton National Park and cutting across Wyoming, until we entered South Dakota. Our stay in South Dakota could be summarized by a comedy of errors caused by me but it didn’t diminish the great time that we shared. Plus, we did get to see Mount Rushmore, so that was cool!
After five wonderful days cruising through several states that neither my sister nor I had been to, we safely made it to my new home in Lincoln, NE and was greeted by my lovely wife, Nicole, and our two pups, Kodak and Simon. While we have mountains of boxes to sift through (and hopefully downsize), I’m very excited to settle in some new roots and restart the lifelong trek of building my personal brand and business. Fortunately, I’ve got wonderful people in my life to gleam experience from.
One of the main reasons why Nicole and I moved to Nebraska was to be closer to family while dramatically reducing our cost of living. With Nicole’s parents in Omaha (about 60 minutes away) and her brother, sister-in-law, and their four wonderful kids only 15 minutes away, we now have a strong support system. The day after we arrived, I was able to join in on my nephew, Hunter’s, fundraising car wash event for his soccer team. Little things like that mean so much to me and it’s great that I can be a part of their lives more routinely. Whereas before, I’d see my nieces and nephews once every 12-18 months, now I can see them every week.