A quote got me

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

That is supposed to be a quote from Mark Twain, I cannot validate that, but I choose to believe that he did indeed write it. And with that, my post.

Lynda and I decided to follow that advice, although we had not received it directly from Mark Twain, but after getting the living hell scared out of both of us, a conversation filtered from my loving sister, Daonne, to Lynda. The conversation that Daonne and I had was a very serious one that blew in like a wind, foretelling of coming disaster and dark times. We were chatting after Lynda’s diagnosis, and Daonne simply said, “What will you do if you lose her”?

An honest question, as Lynda’s diagnosis back then was dire. And it had both of us trying to figure out what to do. We had many recommendations, such as reduce stress. Lynda was working 60 hour work weeks, with periodic 80 or 90 hour work weeks during her companies training sessions, about once a quarter. And her pay had just been cut by 30K a year. She came home in tears more often than I could count, even though she truly loved her job. Her health was paying the price. My job was pretty stress free, and the hours were stable, and the pay was excellent. I had a great boss, Cathy Young. Later I would discover she was a god send.

That question brought my world to a screeching halt. It had never once truly entered my mind that I could lose her. In that instant the darkest of time went through my mind. I stammered, I balked, but I caught myself and said that “I really don’t know”. “My life would be over, guess I would just mark time until my body caught up”. “Probably go ski patrol in Colorado, hike trails to get away, travel the world or at least the US”. Daonne kind of nodded and we let that errant line of thought go on its way. Much to my surprise, Daonne had a conversation with Lynda and passed on what I would do. Lynda approached me the next day and said that “If that is what you would do without me, why don’t we do it together instead”?

So after a teary eyed moment or three, we decided, then and there, it was time to hang up the American Dream and go live our own dream. Since that time we have sold our belongings, moved into a nice RV that we call “Koko” short for Kokopelli, the “trickster” in Native American lore.

IMG_2073

We have been traveling since June of last year, and no intention of stopping. We have hiked the Wyoming mountains with good friends,

2013 NOLS ELLE B

hiked the Wenatchee Mountains in Washington,

IMG_4569

hiked with my nephew in the Grand Tetons,

IMG_3291

and in Yellowstone National Park. We have spent time with friends in Bend, Oregon, and ended up here in Breckenridge Colorado for the ski season.

20131107_103749

We spent a month in Belize with family.

20131227_123627

and got to spend Spring Break with my family in Durango, And we ain’t done yet

Our tentative plans are to travel from here in Colorado to Key Largo, Florida, via Bangor Maine. In there somewhere, do some hiking, scuba diving, then return to Colorado for a family reunions, and head to South Dakota’s Black Hills for more backpacking and visit some friends during Sturgis. Stress? none, non-existent and Lynda’s health? She is a picture of health in every sense of the word, so that reduces my stress to a whopping “zero”.

We haven’t made final plans for returning to Colorado as we may choose to go to Utah instead, but we will see. And next year? Well, 2015 is our 10th anniversary. I would honestly like to RV up to Alaska during June/July/August, then return to the US to fly out to Africa for a photo safari with my wife, and if we can really stretch it somehow? Stop by Greece on the way for a week or so… So that American Dream? meh, underrated, ours is much much better in our eyes.

Funny what happens when you decide to go get lost.

You might just find a slice of paradise. I am simply thrilled to be sharing it with my soul mate. So Mr. Twain?

You were so right…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Advertisements
Categories: Adventure, Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Camping, Downhill Skiing, Family, Hiking, Hot Tubbing!, Living Passionately, Love, Reconnection, Religious, RV Travel, Scuba, Ski, Spiritual, Thanksgiving | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Post navigation

2 thoughts on “A quote got me

  1. I love this quote by Mark Twain. It is indeed funny what happens when you decide to get lost. You find so much more happiness than if you went with the original plan. I believe that there’s no real contentment or end to the American dream. The thing about travel is that you find all that you really need on the journey, without needing to get somewhere (or something). That is the incredible part.
    Good luck and happy travels!
    Natasha

    • Thank you Natasha. You are traveling in parts of the world that my wife and I have given some thought to, yet have not splurged to go that direction. But the diving in the far east is drawing us both… will see what path enfolds before us.

      and back to you, safe and happy travels.
      Erick and Lynda Carpenter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

1 in 8 Thrive!

Food and Lifestyle for Women with Breast Cancer

Pink Tank Scuba

The Underwater Adventures of PT Hirschfield (click a story below)

Live Laugh RV

Our next Chapter

Enlightened Globetrekker

Happy & Enlightening Traveling Adventures

Storytime with John

Pull up and listen...I've got a funny one for ya...

JamesRadcliffe.com

James Radcliffe, Musician. Music, Blog, Pictures, Live, News...

The Boho Chica

Experiencing the world in cultures, cuisines & hiking trails

Bob Schoultz's Corner

What's Bob been thinking about?

For the Love of Wanderlust

Instilling a sense of wanderlust

Two for the Road

Travel. Adventure. Marriage. And other dangerous pursuits. Follow Nik and Dusty on their adventures together around the world.

Ramblin' On

Roamin' Around in a Rock Star Bus

Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated

Free discounts and cash back savings for Costa Rica day tours

I'm Still Breathin'

... my awakening through cancer

Digital Mastery

Road Trip, not for the timid...

Wheeling It

Living the Fulltime RV Dream with 12 Paws, 40 Feet and the Open Road

%d bloggers like this: