I am currently in:
Austin, TX, USA

When people call me a "free spirit"

I'm pretty sure when people call me a 'free spirit' that it's their way of calling me crazy to my face.

So, I'm heading west! My aim is to hit Yosemite, then areas of Northern California, then around the Portland/Bend/Corvallis, Oregon area. I'll be stopping at other places between there and Austin along the way.

I miss the trees. I miss the forest. I miss green grass. I've been living in Central Texas off and on for over 5 years now and it's just not the same here as where I grew up in Illinois. The trees don't get very tall and many of them are more like angry little shrubs than they are my beloved peaceful, shade-giving giants. The hiking trails here are filled with rocks; you'd be a fool to run them barefoot. Once, a friend and I were walking.. she was in flipflops. She felt a sudden sting in the middle of her foot. Turns out, the grass we were walking on went through her flipflop.

The Central Texas environment is unforgiving.

I was out in the San Diego area in early 2012. While greener than Austin, it's still not what I'm looking for.

I've been to Northern California once. When I was younger, my dad and I drove up Route 1 from the bottom of California up into the redwoods at Humboldt State Park. I remember it being pretty nice. I'm worried a bit about the light levels. One reason I love Austin so much is how much sunlight we get. Clouds and.. weather of any sort.. are a rare experience down here. The heat is also part of the reason I left Illinois and I'm worried I'll lose that too.

1 City 1 Month

The plan right now is to stay in each city for one month at a time. During the first few cities of my trip it will be less time than this, but once I get to the Los Angeles area and north of there, I will try and stay in places for about a month.

I say 1 city 1 month, but it's probably more like 1 city 2-3 months. 1city1month sounds better though ;)

I've traveled to places for hours at a time to a few months at a time. I've found that I really enjoy getting to learn about what real local culture is like. If you only stay in a place for a day or two, you probably only experience a few local people and maybe a few local places. More likely, you'll hit the major tourist spots and move on. I'm going to try to get to know every place that I go.

Anyway. Follow me on the map. I'll post photos on facebook =)

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