I am travelling in 2013 because I was bound and determined to leave Phoenix, AZ this year.
I had this bug in my system ever since late 2008 or early 2009. The question then was: WHERE TO? In 2010 after featuring in Albuquerque, I decided that I was in love and that would be my new home in 2012 or 2013. Then in 2011 the desire to leave the USA entirely got into me. I had friends who taught English abroad and thought about getting certified to do that. Then I heard about WWOOFing – volunteering on an organic farm and that seemed like a great idea too! So then it was just a matter of deciding which track and where.
Then in August of 2012 my friend Dovid invited me to go with him on his adventure to circumnavigate the globe! I threw myself into that idea full keel and immediately made a facebook page for the trip which has been dubbed The Emuna Endeavor after the name of the boat (Emuna which means faith in Hebrew) and part of the name suggested by my friend Cisco (who is the first recipient of the beach pack prize). So no less than half of my time has been spent looking things up and building the foundation by which we can share our journey as well as gain funding for the trip as well.
Since the actual shove off date for The Emuna Endeavor isn’t until July 2013, there are other parts to my personal journey outside of the Emuna. First, I will be spending some time with my mother in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (more commonly known here as Rocky Point). Then back to Phoenix to visit during the 25th annual Art Detour weekend. If possible I want to visit my beloved Albuquerque before heading to Astoria, Oregon to begin my sailing lessons.
So… now to figure out how to fund my personal journey before the grand adventure! So far I am selling my art pretty regularly so I have half of the money to get to Mexico. Once I complete a commissioned art piece for $200, I will have the money to get to Albuquerque. Then I will need $500 to get to Oregon from New Mexico. Plus all the small incidental things like my phone bill and whatnot.
It’s all a wonderful day to day trip with so many small parts and steps. Each step teaches me something new about life, people, and myself. I am loving it so far and am looking forward to all the next parts!