The Journey

In ten days we will be back in the United States. Sixteen months ago we left on this undefined indefinite journey. Going “home” now feels as surreal as when we left those long and short 16 months ago. 

I had so many hopes for this trip. My dream of becoming a famous travel blogger with a get rich quick blog read by thousands did not come to fruition. It turns out you need to actually write blogs… The cookie cutter “top 10 things to see in ‘fill in the blank'” isn’t really my gig anyway. 

Instead, we let the adventure take the lead. Whether hiking through cow shit in Ecuador, suffering altitude sickness while hiking in Peru, sleeping on the beach in Chile, saving turtles in Uruguay, swimming in the Brazilian Amazon, watching tango in Buenos Aires, or witnessing the magic of Patagonia, we have experienced more than we can process. There has been too much to even share with you. And the breadth and depth of my emotions are impossible to convey.

Nothing could have prepared me for the challenges. But nothing could have surprised me more than the ease with which we adapted. 

With this precious time away from the grind of daily work and material distractions, I hoped to find my “self”, my passion, my next story. But I struggled. It was not obvious. Even with ample time and space. I feel I’m coming back with more questions than when I left. 

Coming back to the land of plenty seems more than overwhelming. Our life now is contained in a backpack. It feels safe and normal. Known. 

Just like 16 months ago, we are leaving the familiar. But now “home” is the unknown. The unfamiliar. 

And so, our journey continues. 

  5 comments for “The Journey

  1. April 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Kate & Cory, you two fill my heart & eyes with joy. Your description of emotional experiences resonate & the excitement of the unknown is what drives us to do/live/be even more everyday. I can’t wait to continue to follow you two amazing humans, you are a true inspiration. Love, Sarah

  2. MIchael Biegel
    April 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    well put. One would think it would be easy to “come home” I have never thought of it from the other side, looking at “home” as a memory and how to start again. Best of luck where ever you 2 land, the transition may prove challenging but you are better equipped now than when you left.

  3. Pat
    April 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Welcome home and congratulations on a great trip.

  4. Duke & Theresa Raemisch
    April 26, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Safe travels home. Wishing you the best as you transition back into your life in the states. It has been amazing reading of your travels. Stay safe.

  5. Kelly
    May 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Kate and Cory! I was not sure how to get a hold of you so I thought I should tell you that Gabbey’s graduation is May 28th here in Grafton with her open house after at Elmwood.

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