Getting back to it at Yosemite National Park.

The past couple weeks of running around the southwest have been tiring and not at all because I’ve been working out. It’s true, many things have been coming together nicely but there are those things that haven’t worked out either. Luckily, this isn’t a fitness blog. It’s a blog about living spontaneously… which is in fact exhausting.

After arriving in LA from Austin, I spent a couple days with friends and straight relaxed. Aka: did nothing. At all. Not even laundry. It was awesome. I felt overwhelmed with everything I had experienced in Austin and my mind was tired and scattered, trying to coordinate, plan and reflect on a million things at once.

I left LA for San Diego, thinking I could clear my mind by spending time around some friends I hadn’t seen since I was last in SD. Wrong!

San Diego Chillin

The thing about friends is they like to show you a good time after you’ve been gone for a while. The ones worth coming back to see at least. So, where San Diego was meant to be a few days where I could be productive and knock out some content, it ended up being a few days of me knocked out on a variety of couches and beds, kicking up shit too and for better or worse, punching my ticket out right as things got gnarly with a more rattled head to show for it. Getting used to the idea that I will eventually always be “leaving” makes it clear how important it is to keep a respectful distance from the lives of the people who stay in whatever city I visit. For everyone’s sake, theirs and mine. Moving on has been the theme from Glass Duffle day one though, so I should probably start getting used to what returning and then leaving is like. And what good seasonal timing! The beauty of spring is rooted in the returning leaves.

To kick off spring, I’m currently on my way to Fresno, CA where I will (somehow) manage to get to my super cheap motel on the edge of the Yosemite National Park. I’ve never been there before and I have zero plans, so I’m feeling good and hopeful about how the weekend will proceed. After some time at Yosemite, I’ll be going north back to Denver to spend a few days with a friend from Ohio University and put together some stuff from my time in Yosemite National Park as well as get ready for the next (and my most anticipated) portion of my  journey, the one and only Tipp Richardson and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And then Athens, Ohio for 11Fest!

Regardless of previous ups and downs, it feels good to be on my way to a new place again. In the quiet of Yosemite I’ll actually be able to get something done.

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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