Two weeks done, and probably less than 20 minutes apart. Road trips really bring people closely (constantly) together, but lucky for us, no one had killed each other yet. The internet is elusive, and we are currently blogging from a McDonalds in Pasadena, CA. Since our last blog, we dropped Alecia off to return for her brother’s high school graduation, and we visited Yosemite and San Francisco. The two stops offered vastly different benefits, but both were amazing experiences. We met up with John Sikma, Brett’s friend from Grove City, and stayed with him on his family farm in Ripon, CA. In San Fran, we visited the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Union Square. We stayed at a Messiah alum’s apartment, and marveled at how good we had it, after having been in hotels and on the road during the previous week. In Yosemite, we saw bears, and mountains, waterfalls, and fields that seemed too beautiful to be real. Our car rides now consist mostly of scanning the radio for good new music, since we can only listen to the thousands of songs on our ipods so many times without going crazy. (gnarls barkley) We drove down the coast of California and saw elephant seals lounging on the beach, and bought “city outfits” on Hollywood Blvd. Everyone at Denny’s and McDonald’s knows to expect us, and between those stops and all the driving we’re doing, gas is always on our minds.
The people we’ve met have reminded all of us how great it is to meet new people, and how easy it is to start conversation if you’re just willing to make the effort. We’ve talked a lot in the car rides about our future plans, and how none of us really know what the future holds, but each person we talk with reassures us that that is not necessarily a bad thing. Brett is still in school, so his perspective is very different from mine and Steph’s. But we all have similar questions of wondering what’s next for us, and how much of it is within our control. For many people, it seems as if things just kind of fell into place for them. One major theme we’ve heard from people, is that we should focus just on pursuing one thing that we are passionate about, rather than trying to have everything figured out right away, and then stay proactive and be attentive to see what doors open for us. While this intimidates us, we know that it also simplifies things enough so that they don’t seem so overwhelming. Coming from a school where vocation is a major focus, sometimes it creates a pressure to figure out exactly what you want to do right away, and most of us have no idea exactly how to do that. But those we’ve talked with have assured us that we don’t have to make it such a big deal, and can take things one step at a time, at least to start out.
We are loving exploring and moving through our beautiful country. We will continue to update all of you, keep us in your prayers!
A few days ago, we “cleaned out” my car (as best we could) and removed a full trash bag of stuff.