Well, we are smack dab in the middle of Christmas time and I’m about as far away from Newfoundland as you can get. One would think this could be really hard on someone but so far, for me, it’s been pretty liberating in a weird way.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do miss and adore my family and friend back home that is always there but I have found my way to enjoy the holidays in a different country. Basically I just spend as much time as possible with close friends I have met here in Portland and enjoy good company, that helps more than anything. Explaining what “mummering” is to people is always a laugh and helps me reflect on Island Christmas traditions.
I guess I’m stoked to experience Christmas in a different and new way… I get to be the wandering guest and give and receive love from people who I had no connection to only a few months ago.
Once this is all over though I’m going to San Diego, day after new years i’m driving down with some of the TSI team for a contest… Long ass drive that we’re gonna split up in a few days and see and ride as much as possible on the way. I just can’t believe I get to see California, the american promise land of sun, extreme sports and almost legal cannabis. This’ll be my first road trip since Paris to Montreux, Switzerland back in April and this one is quite a bit longer which is exactly what gets my gears going.
Part of me wants to hitchhike back up to Canada from San Diego… actually a big part of me wants to do that. I’ve never really hitched before and it dosen’t make me nervous to think about but for some reason I’m apprehensive about it. Is it that I am in a rush to return to Canada? Is it that I feel that I’ll be unprepared for when sunny cali turns into cold and wet North West?
I don’t have a clue but I’ll play it by ear. I’m going to pack to hitch back and if everything feels right I’ll go for it. I think thats the only way to play this game.