Wow, this post has quite a history of sitting in draft. I wrote this back in 2010 and never actually posted the darn thing. If I had finished writing this post when I first saved it back then, the rest of this could have been called a pre-echo. Instead, now it well and truly is an echo of someone else's words, framed in their language and experience, and now 2 years removed. I still believe what Russ and Laura say on Path Less Pedaled and my own commentary (including the bit about Rhode Island residents).
After having had it sit in my "Must Read" list for nearly four weeks, I devoted the time to read and appreciate "Travelling without Moving" from The Path Less Pedaled. I was immediately reminded of what I thought was a set of notes kicking around in a notebook, or as a draft on this blog. If there are any notes, I've misplaced them, and the draft consisted of a title and a link to a web comic.
On my second read, I'm reminded of many stories from prior journeys that illustrate the points Russ is making, and must remind myself that this isn't the story of those trips, but an attempt to understand why travel can be the most rewarding time spent alone, in random encounters and with the best friends in the world. More importantly, its an attempt to find the magic formula of how to experience the world through travelers shoes every day.
I believe the answer lies in not succumbing to the familiar, avoiding the ease of nesting in front of the same entertainments. The answer must include some time for nesting, to recharge and be comforted, and realizing when the recharge is complete, that its time to take action.
|xkcd #187 The Familiar (The comic linked above could also easily be interpreted as a commentary on many residents of Rhode Island's attitude at traveling more than a few minutes drive from home.)|