Looking Back

Four years ago I began to plan for a journey, I thought it would last a month, but as 2013 draws to a close I can now look back at a four year odyssey that has been the greatest adventure of my life.  Of course, as with most things in life, this journey will never really be over.  Yet even so, a time of great change is approaching in my life and before I begin to share with you what’s on the horizon, I’d like to take this New Year’s to look back not only at 2013 but all the years of An Out of a the Way Place, years that we’ve all shared and that would never have been possible without you.  So sit back and enjoy a look at the last four years.  It’s been a crazy trip!

Moonrise

The night that started it all

Unlike in the movies, real turning points are rarely clear, but the night I took the above photo led to my first doubts about the journey we called life and how I was living mine.  After fighting to keep from freezing in the cold mountain pass, I knew that I’d rather be out seeing the world than sitting in my lawyer’s office.  Things didn’t quite change completely overnight, but then again they were certainly never the same.

Since then it’s been mountains on the roof of the world

Walking on the Roof

Before this trip I thought 20 blocks was a long walk.

and seas filled with beautiful islands

Greek Cross

A few steps in the actual path Odysseus.

the hot desert sands of the American Southwest…

Arch

The more of the world I see the more it amazes me.

and the freezing cold of the Scandinavian arctic

Cold Camping

Camping is a lot less fun when it’s 20 below.

Of course seeing new places is just a small part of a journey.  New experiences are even more important and the years have been more than generous with that as well.    You’ve helped me push my physical limits in an Ironman

I really did not want to get back in the water... (phote by Philpp Reiner)

Before this I could only doggy paddle.

and explore the ancient silence of monasteries

Silence

Not talking for four days is just about as hard for me as a marathon.

But even adventures and experiences have their limits.  The truth is that in the end it didn’t really matter if I was partying in a big city

Chicago Haze

Not a lot of green here.

Or lost in a dark wood…

A Dark Wood

In the end what really made this the journey of a lifetime was the people I met along the way.  For me the beauty of a sunset or a meadow of flowers is never truly perfect until it is shared.  That’s just as true for the quiet moments…

Yellow Flowers

Some chance meetings change our lives forever.

And the not so quiet moments…

Priceless

Priceless

So whether you’re an old friend, a new friend or just a silent reader, thank you.  It’s been the time of my life.

“Think where man’s glory
Most begins and ends
And say my glory was
That I had such friends.”    

―     W.B. Yeats

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7 thoughts on “Looking Back

  1. As an old friend, I want to thank you for taking me to places I would never have found on my own, and in a way–in spirit and especially in images–I would not have been able to do myself.

  2. All I can say is ‘Wow’ and ‘Good on you, man’. I’ve only just tuned in to your journey, but WHAT A journey! Great photos to capture it.

  3. It has been incredible following you over the years and you have certainly been an inspiration for me and I imagine many… Thank you for all the beauty you bring through your words and photos. :)

  4. Beautiful :)

  5. It’s been an amazing journey!!! I have enjoyed reading your stories and looking at your beautiful photos from around the world! It took a lot of courage to do what you have done! I am so happy that you got to meet such wonderful people in your travels. Interesting ones too! Thanks for sharing your adventures! :)

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