Thursday, July 27, 2006

A Carthartic Drive on the Amazing 5

It's been the longest past two weeks of my life. Days were filled from early morning to midnite with the tedium of errands, moving, banking, post offices, car detailing, blah blah blah, an incredibly exhausting and draining whirlwind. Our estimated departure date came and went. We were at eachother's throats, spending each waking moment on tasks. So much energy and stress was focused into tying up these loose ends, I actually forgot the reason we were doing them.

It wasn't until yesterday at noon, as we were pulling our shiny clean G√ľnther out of the driveway, that it really hit me. Nathan was in the driveway waving us goodbye. We were driving away from my home of the last 6 years, my brother, my friends, my life here. I felt light, happy, excited. Then I burst into tears.

It was just so strange to be leaving, to have this adventure we've been dreaming about to actually begin. To feel a marked moment where I knew my life was changing.

We had a tedious drive ahead of us, the 5 is not the most beautiful route to be taking in a bus with no AC in the heat of summer. Actually, I take that back. At moments we saw rolling hills shimmering golden in the heat, and the road was empty and stretched ahead of us. We made it to Sacramento, our day of sweat dried as we stepped into my uncle's cool air conditioned house to see my grandparents, cousins, snaggle-toothed dogs, and pet rats. We really made it, we're out of LA.


Anonymous christine said...

Oh yes! Your keeping a blog. Now I can totally live vicariously through you. Don't let my imaginary world die, keep up the blog :-)

7/28/06, 12:36 AM  
Anonymous LittleSister said...

you are my hero.
actually, you have been since your sixteenth birthday and i wanted to have the same cake as you when i turned sixteen. i don't think it happened though.
I'll be in SD in august and wouldn't mind catching dirty greyhound to meet you when you get back to cali.

7/28/06, 1:33 AM  
Blogger Lindsibee said...

Your van sounds awesome! I hope the .99 cent coat of arms has a place of glory in that bad boy. I'm leaving tonight for Buenos Aires, and Lucila says hello and that she loves and misses you and is very homesick for you. I can't wait to read all the adventures to come!!!

7/28/06, 7:37 AM  
Blogger Dad said...

I'm glad you found the right horse!
Be careful and God bless you on your journey.

7/28/06, 11:24 AM  
Anonymous nene said...

i miss you guysalunias.

7/30/06, 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Joey's Maui Mama said...

Hi Guys...I'm so glad I got your page and get to read along on the journey. You're doing what we all would like to do, so let us live thru you for awhile. Sorry about the gigantic bee sting Joey. Can't wait to see a picture of that buggah! We love you and we'll be watching for the Gunther News!
Love, Mom

8/1/06, 1:06 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

No AC? You guys are nuts. Nuttier than I even suspected.
Joe, I am now in what's approximately your old space at the office. I feel your spirit. It's a little dirty.

8/1/06, 12:41 PM  
Blogger Mackenzie said...

that seems like just yesterday...

6/16/08, 10:11 PM  

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