Again sitting in LAX. I do a lot of sitting in LAX these days. It is such a terrible airport; there is nothing in here. And flying in out of here is just such a crazy [terrible] view.
|Mono Lake at night|
It has been three and half years since I have spent more than three months in one place. I’ve never thought of that as much of a big of a deal, but tonight I put down on paper all the places I’ve been to in the last 4 years. The frequency of travel actually blew me away. The weight of the question “where are you off to next?” made more sense to me now than ever. I know I haven’t been able to stay in one place lately (for one reason or another). But I truly just now realized the extent of that. Wow. Wow, is really all I can say.
|Mono Lake between moonset and sunrise|
I’m supposed to spend 4.5 months at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. What a long amount of time for me to be in one place now. I will call that town of 1200 people on the Ice my home. “Home.”
I met some great people, just not my kind of people. Not the kid of people I know from Montana. Yes, I know there are different types of people in different places. I didn’t make any effort at all to build a friendship with anyone that I met though. After things with Antarctica started working out I knew my time there was limited. I didn’t want to build relationships that I would only leave yet again. I really only wanted to leave the mountains behind.
I have truly enjoyed my last month in California though. I have seen some places that I’ve always wanted to see and have taken some of the best photos of my life. I’ve even taken initiative to get these photos out to the world and have gotten some of them published in local CA papers and magazines. But I guess it is time to board another plane.
A plane that could go anywhere in the world. A plane with hundreds of unknown people-all going to the same place, sorta. But in this case I still have three flights to go before I actually get back to MT. I could be a world away. Think of the places that you could go from where you are right now in only three flights. Really anywhere on earth. Anywhere on earth is only three flights away.
|Looking down on Yosemite Valley|
|view of the Cables of Half Dome|
|Looking into the Sierra from Carson Peak|
|June Lake area from just behind my house|