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08: Week Six

We're in Nashville. 

Outside feels like a wet, hot blanket. 

Finally reached a town where we don't have friends to stay with, so night one landed us in the van.

Sitting (and smelling) at a cafe now writing and drawing and perusing our Couchsurfing options and... posting this. (Lost my first draft to a random glitch again, whoop-whoop!)

Oh, the moments when I wonder what the point of all this blogging is. 

But the answer is discipline.

It's an exercise in keeping something up for 12 weeks despite the rigamarole and random-ness of travel.

If nothing else, it's a good exercise for future projects (he reminds himself), and a digital logbook of our travels to look back on. 

Anywho.

Washington D.C.

Looong day of travel from our stopover in Boston and we reached our lovely hosts in the nation's capitol, Angie and Mike. 

They led us to a pool the next day (our first), and a Sunday Funday -- as the cool kids are calling it -- commenced. On a rooftop.

They were far too good to us.

From there we explored!

Sight-seeing and all that. 

We did the monuments and a few Smithsonians.  

Free museums are the best way to spend a few hours traveling...

Keep ya busy and get your mind thinking differently.

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Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life"  included four huge paintings in one room that depicted phases of life; childhood, youth, manhood and old age, followed by angels and stuff.

After a while in a museum filled with paintings and quiet, you just about start feeling and smelling and hearing what the painter who made it did. 

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I was also digging the innovation section of the American history museum.

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The Museum of Natural History featured incredible animal photographers, in jungles and under the sea.

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On our last night, we caught a free comedy show at this awesome bar called The Big Hunt -- highly recommended!

Free pool never hurts. 

Free pool never hurts. 

Then we started our way south to Nashville...

Halfway point and the best road trip resource ever!

The road to Nashville put us on our first highway due West! Whoa. 

We are incredibly grateful to our hosts so far -- you guys have made the trip possible, and amazing. Shoutout to Gemma, Todd, Mitch/Kevin/Goodman, James and Brian, Goodman again, and Angie/Mike! You guys rock and we're planning our thank you gifts!

LASTLY! I know nobody's reading this far, but in the spirit of sharing the good things in life with the good people in life... but we've found something incredible:

Swimmingholes.org -- it's a database for all of the swimming holes around the USA. 

"Road trip dips" are our new best friends. We've used it to hit two so far by just finding one on the map between our starting point and our destination. 

We're not talking crowded parks, these are easily some of the most beautiful water experiences we've ever had. Butterflies and waterfalls and the whole 9, just a short hike usually off the freeway. Safe to say we'll be using it again.

Nothing better. Especially in the middle of a long, hot day of driving. 

The journey continues on Instagram @thegoodscene!

02: The Why?

"Hit these new cities for the ways that it could stretch me"

"Hit these new cities for the ways that it could stretch me"

It's a big world out there. 

And you don't start figuring out how little you actually have figured out until you get out there and explore?

So, we're taking off for a while.

It's time to find some context.

This trip is research; research into what's really going on; research into where and who we want to be; research to inform future projects, adventures, business ventures and more. 

For me, it's all questions.

I want to make the most of my lifetime on earth. I want to figure out how I can really serve my purpose here. 

So I'm wondering...

Where do I fit into the world? The country? Where does my hometown of Seattle fit in?

What's the same, or different, about Seattle and Chicago, New York city and rural Iowa, the South and the Northeast? 

What are people talking about everywhere? What are people not talking about?

What are people suffering from? How can it be healed?

What are people excited about, afraid of, waiting for?

What do people need? What problem can I solve, alleviate, heal, sing about, write about, fix, (or at least try)?

I want to know what's going on in the United States of America. Not what's on the "news", but what's going on in the coffee shops, in the national parks, on the busy city streets...

I want to check the pulse of America.


Journey

So, we're chasing the wind.  

I've been writing songs about this trip since before I knew we were doing it. "Wander" was the whole concept of my last project. 

"Hit the road and write my freedom with these poems" 

And so it comes to be? 

We've been working and saving and working and saving and van hunting and van buying... And now we're charting our own course ("Write Path"), taking the road less traveled. 

We'll bounce around between national parks and cities and towns. More on the plan here.

Earlier on in the preparation process, I'd intended to make an Indiegogo (crowd funding) campaign to help us document the journey... I never launched it or properly finished it, partly out of fear, partly out of just being so busy working and throwing shows, and mostly because I felt like I couldn't nail down what we're doing into 3 sentences to pitch.

Because we'll figure that out on the road.

But here was my "Why" for the IGG pitch:

WHY?

  • 1) adventure and growth, 

  • 2) context,

  • 3) to plant seeds in places we'd like to work/live/play/date/experience in the future,

  • 4) to harvest inspiration and experience that will guide our work and lives for many years to come.

I mean, we've been working like crazy.

We've been paying our bills.

We've been participating in society.

We've been following all the rules (mostly). 

What are you doing? Why?

Why does anybody do anything?

I don't know.

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So, off we go, chasing the wind. Why not?

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