Money Where My Mouth Is
Greetings from Elizabeth City, North Carolina which will be my home base in the coming months. I still have a formidable travel schedule (leaving for Amsterdam on Thursday, have trips to Wisconsin and Kansas in the works and then a trip to the Virgin Islands this winter) and I’ll be routinely returning to Blacksburg to monitor the house and take care of some local customers. But for the most part, I’ll be calling Elizabeth City home.
Over the past couple of years, I have overheard people complain about their lives and appoint all sorts of scapegoats. Location is a common one. Living among the exciting mountains and surrounded by hundreds of miles of trails and incredible vistas, it is easy for me to disagree and disagree vehemently with one statement that seemed to surface regularly:
I am an adventure lover. There is just no adventure in <insert city/town name here>.
Yeah. I do not subscribe to that (especially when you are talking about Southwest Virginia, punks!). I believe if adventure and curiosity are in your heart, if you have a thirst to learn and absorb more about your surroundings, then an adventure can be uncovered in most places.
But a large scale stress test? I’ve had the luxury to skip that… until now.
So here I am, separated from biodiverse Appalachian Mountains. I now have the opportunity to grade my own accuracy (Honor system!). Will I still find stuff to do? Will I still find myself fascinated and inspired by nature? Will I still find places to explore outside? Will I still find stuff to write about?
My money’s on yes.
[To be fair, you can peruse my weekend Flickr uploads before answering. :)]
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