July 31, 2016, my last day in Hawaii, golfing with my buddies J.E. Orozco and Dave Smith, as we're about to tee off on the 18th hole at Volcano Golf and Country Club, on the Big Island of Hawaii where I'd lived most of my life. The next morning, Aug. 1, I'd leave on the journey that I'm still on today, taking with me this going-away gift of a Hawaiian rainbow blessing. Thanks for arranging that, my friends, it has worked out well.
Today marks three years since I left Hawaii to begin traveling. At the time I didn't know where this journey would take me, and I'm not sure yet where it's going.
But today feels like another birthday to me, my celebration of a new beginning, life reborn on the road.
It's cliche to say travel is life-changing, but what else can I say?
"Forever forward, forever alive," said the poet Walt Whitman, whose "Song of the Open Road" has its own page here (look in the menu, under "More".)
And I'm not just trying to be funny or clever when I say that I'm staying alive by not staying still, paraphrasing Bruce Lee. It feels real.
I've learned so much about myself and the world in these travels, it's overwhelming. And still with such a long way to go.
On this occasion, I've published a page of all the quotations I've collected that have inspired, amused, or motivated me along the way (also under "More" in the menu above).
Maybe you'll find something among them that will touch your life, too. I hope so, because it's really a fallacy to say I travel solo.
All of you who've followed me, encouraged me, cared about me, and written to me during my journey are with me in my thoughts every step of the way. Thank you for being there.
I also rededicate my life and my journey to the memory of my family, my dear late parents and brother, whose spirits forever guide me along life's way. I would not be without them.
And finally, to my friends, may your journeys always lead you to a better place in your heart, as mine have led me.
Life is good. Enjoy!
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 18 countries on four continents and right now I'm in Chiang Mai, Thailand, planning my next adventure.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and writer James Ritchie about our recent meeting in Kuching, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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Still the most authentic, lively and colorful local cultural festival I've seen on the road.
I found this Alternative Arts and Music Festival in the Amazon highlands of Peru. What a find!
Here's how I found a friend and discovered what's real in a Lima, Peru, neighborhood.
My partner and I were left high and dry in this Siem Reap Rip. Be careful!