And I'm Off...

Some of you have possibly already seen this website, but I've waited to fully launch it until my trip actually started. I've gotten a lot of questions from friends and family asking whether I was keeping a blog or not during my trip. Well, here it is. John Sees Earth will be your hub for all things Traveling-John during the next 11 months or so and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far. Writing has long been a source of joy for me and I'm excited to get the chance to finally share some of it with you. I've dabbled with blogs in the past for smaller trips, triathlon training, etc., but this will be the first website fully dedicated to travel. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to share many of these upcoming adventures with you all, and I hope reading these posts will bring you some sense of joy and comfort as I'm gone for this next year (or more...maybe maybe ;).

I head out on my 2-month road trip tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited. Since leaving work, I've spent 4 great weeks catching up with a lot of friends, spending time at home with family, and just relaxing. It's been really wonderful, but I've been feeling more and more anxious to leave as the 5th of May approached. Tomorrow I'll be heading out for 6 weeks of driving followed by 2.5 weeks up in Alaska with good friends. Many of you I've already reached out to about crashing on your couch, and I hope you're excited to see me during this next adventure in my life. If you're wondering about where I'm going, take a look below. 

Cities to be visited include Toronto, Montreal, Boston, NYC, Palm Beach, FL, Houston, LA, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Anchorage (not shown).

All-in-all, I'll log more than 8,000 miles on my Subaru over the coming 2 months. It'll be a lot of hours in the car, so feel free to call me along the way to keep me company. Already since leaving work, I've put more than 2,000 miles on my car and just yesterday I surpassed the 100,000 mile mark on my odometer. 

Something I've been thinking about recently is how much time I'll have to think along the way. I'm hoping to start to get a little clarity about a lot of things before finally heading abroad in July. What's more exciting is that my home for the next couple months, a Subaru Legacy, is actually Anna's (my older sister who passed away 5 years ago) car. On May 20th this year, the 5 year mark since her passing will hit, and I think it's fitting that I'll be trekking across the U.S. and a bit of Canada, feeling like she's right there with me in the passenger seat. She, like me, enjoyed driving, and I'll be sure to throw on a little Jack Johnson for her like we used to on our many drives to tennis lessons and school when we were younger.

Feel free to subscribe to my website as well on the home page of John Sees Earth. Bookmark it and check in often. I'll try to send out and email every couple of weeks with updates on where I'm at, pictures, music I've been listening to, etc.

Other than that, I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of you along the way.

To my gracious hosts, I'll see you soon.

To others in the cities I'm visiting, I'm looking forward to seeing you and catching up. 

To everyone else, enjoy. Welcome to John Sees Earth.