The Great Nebraska Road Trip

By |2017-07-18T09:37:13+00:00Jul 18th, 2017|

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.

 

When were done, we jumped back into the Jeep and continued onward to a charming AirBNB cabin that was located about 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. With this being Greta’s first visit to a US National Park (and the world’s first national park), I was excited to show her just how beautiful hiking around these natural environments can be. Not only did we see some amazing and colorful geothermal formations, we also got to see the famous “Old Faithful” geyser erupt.

 

Onward

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!

Home

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.

 

Family

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.

Also, by reducing our cost of living and resuming to work for myself, I can travel back home to NYC and stay at my sister’s place for extended periods of time way more easily. It’s a win/win all around! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be ramping up my posts and sharing more content. We’re still in a bit of a transition period here as we wait for the flooring and fencing to be completed but once that’s done, there will be even more new stuff coming, including resuming my live streaming “The Photo Show” program! Stay tuned!

4 Comments

  1. John Shiever July 24, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Just remember, you can not kill flies in Nebraska …. the State bird. Good luck on your new life adventure. I doubt you will ever regret your choice!

    • Holly Felsen-Welch July 24, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Really? I thought the state bird was the football!

  2. nratt July 24, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Brian, Congratulations on your move and good luck. I’ve never been to Nebraska, but I very much appreciate its beauty mainly from the photography of Bill Frakes, with whom I’m sure you’re familiar. But on the off-chance that you’re not, do yourself a favor and check out billfrakes.com.

  3. Quillback424 July 28, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I recently moved to be down the highway from my three great grandsons. Being part of school age and pre-school age kids is a great experience and I’m sure that reason alone will make your new life exceptionally better.

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