When I was in my early twenties, I had to install a new sound system in a factory. where I met a nice older men who was operating a large machine and he was stamping metal parts, hundreds of them. I asked him how long he had been working there and he said: 35 years, this coming September. Then I asked him what he was making.....
He paused for a few minutes while looking confused, then he said: I DON'T KNOW, I believe they're car parts.
This is when I promised myself that my life would be different, more adventurous.
Over the next 35 years, I traveled the world,
- including most of western Europe,
- as far west as China where I spent 6 weeks.
- the south pacific, including Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, as far south as New Zealand,
- as far North as the Canadian Arctic.
- In total I visited 28 US states, made it to Los Angeles about 30 times.
- I have been to places where very few people have been.
I have traveled by big planes, small planes, new planes, very old planes, planes on ski's, planes on floats, glider planes, helicopters
Looking back, what an adventure my life has been !
I would just make up my mind and then find a way to make it happen. And yes, I always found ways to pay for it or make it work related.
I have met many very nice people and also a few not so nice people in my travels.
Intention is Cause....
With adventure comes consequences. As they say, "be willing to experience whatever comes your way".
Some of those consequences my wife & I have experienced are:
- We were in the midst of the Los Angeles / Northridge earthquake in 1994 and since we weren't hurt, we took the opportunity to help those in need by handing out bottled water.
- We also experienced the San Francisco earthquake of 1989. We literally drove over the collapsed highway only hours before it collapsed killing numerous people. Our guardian angels were kind to us that night.
- While in southern France, we drove a mountain road on the same night that a mudslide killed 23 people who weren't as lucky.
However, most experiences were very exciting and positive.