Man, it has been a WEEK. I've driven a total of 600 miles, two states, two campgrounds, and one hotel. Though the latter was completely unexpected. More on that later.
I left oregon with a heavy heart. Saying goodbye to your childhood home is never easy. This was the place I had all my firsts. That time I tried parking the car (at fourteen) and nearly drove into the decorative fence that used to stand in the front garden. That first major crush and gutting heartbreak. The home of my first pet, and of my latest. This house holds so many special fun and loving memories, but it also holds the memories of my darkest moments. I've had a complicated relationship with this house, and all the people who've come and gone from it, but at the end of the day it was my home and I loved it, will love it, forever.
In truth though the hardest part of the whole experience is not being able to see my little brother anymore. Since I moved back into that house after college my brother and I have grown closer than ever before. We've helped each other grow our businesses, deal with issues, and develop new skills for life (like how to stain a cabinet and how to be more organized and focused). The hardest part was saying goodbye to him. Even as I write this now I am choking up a little just because of it.
Jon is moving to California to continue his journey in music and online entertainment (to clarify it's not porn :P ) and it just sucks that he won't be there anymore... to fetch me my morning coffee and do the dishes. Hahaha. He's very clear on what he wants to do in the future and he's got an actionable plan to accomplish it. Jerk.
As for myself... well I am not sure about how to accomplish my end goals. My business isn't as straightforward. So for now, I have decided to travel around the country to further develop my photography and video creation skills. Did I properly plan for this? No. Did I properly budget for this? ...... Maybe not after this weekend. Ugh. However, being only one week into it this was definitely the best decision I could have made. In the last week I've taken over 2,600 photos and filmed 20 GIGS worth of footage! That's more than I've been able to do in the last few MONTHS living back at the house. To be honest, I love it. It's stressful and I am having to tackle phobias I've never thought I'd have to deal with before (public restrooms being the numero uno), but I feel more alive than ever.
I LOVE to travel. I LOVE to take pictures and video. Now I get to do them both full time all the time.
My first stop was the Steens mountains in SE Oregon and... the mountain was closed BUT the campsite was aaaamazing. There were deer, birds and even a river otter! YES A RIVER OTTER. Damn thing nearly gave me a heart attack when I looked down to see what was in the water and it took off! I only stayed here a few days mostly to acclimate to the new lifestyle. I'm living and working out of my car, it's going to take a while before it's more comfortable. It was a slow couple of days but thankfully Koda was there to keep me company. If you haven't met Koda yet don't worry you'll be seeing a ton of her.
After a few days in SE Oregon I decided it was time to move on. I had two options - Idaho or Nevada. I chose to head in the direction of Boise, Idaho and I am glad I did. If you ever get the chance to drive between Oregon and Idaho go do it because it's like Jurassic Park level awesome. Oh, but bring extra fuel... Learned that the hard way.
I left my Steens campsite with half a tank and it was not the best decision. See, none of the places with fuel are open before 11am (I didn't know that at the time) and I left at 9:300/10am. So I drove as fuel-savingly as I could until well until I looked down at my fuel gage and uttered a breathy "shit." The first fuel station I came upon had cars parked next to the pumps so I rolled in behind as if I was getting in line only to quickly realize that this dump was abandoned and these two cas were just having a nice little chat. Double shit. I threw my car into reverse and got back on the highway and drove towards the closest town I could see on the map, Rome.
To call Rome a small town would be a stretch. Rome is a gas station, quick-e-mart, and a few trailers. HOWEVER it did have fuel and with an estimated fuel gage at 10 miles until empty, I pulled in and gassed up. The people were kind if not a little off put by my suburbs-y "Hello!" Clearly I stood out like a sore thumb, but I tell you what one look at Koda and they were nothing but smiles. Weird how a dog can do that to people. I get it though. Dogs > people. Always.
Having fueled up and grabbed a snack we jumped back in the car and continued on our drive to Boise. Everyone always raves about how beautiful the Columbia Gorge is... blah blah waterfalls..blah blah. The gorge has nothing on this drive. Sandstone bluffs layered in pastel colors, rolling green hills that made you feel like you were driving through the mountains of Scotland, and air that was clean and crisp. Oh and if you're a fan of clouds, then cloud p0rn overload.
After a few hours I was in Nampa, just outside of Boise, though not all that different from Boise. I stopped off at a grocery store to grab a few supplies I was low on and then proceeded to try to find a campground to spend the night. WELL I don't know if there was some event going on in Boise last weekend because EVERY. SINGLE. SPOT. was full. National parks were full, KOA (which this one sucks) full, hell even an hour north everything was full.
Due to my limited internet and already waaaay over phone bill I called in some backup to help me locate a place to stay. Thankfully a hotel about 30 miles south of Boise had room and was dog friendly. Perfect. Time to shower.
The next day we decided to go off on an adventure...........................that ended with me calling a tow truck and my tire stuck in the rear of my car. I think I'll save that story for the next blog post because this one's already getting a little long.
Make sure to check out some of the pictures in the gallery below! ALSO, I started a Patreon page that allows people to sponsor my art projects, like this one. I'll leave a link to it and you can check it out! Not everyone can afford to buy expensive art so this is a great way to support your favorite artists on your budget! Some allow you to sponsor monthly, some have per project, I highly recommend you check it out!
Bye for now!
Below are the two VLOGS I've posted about the trip so far. Feel free to enjoy!