It has been 585 days since I left home last March. I landed in Huntington Beach, California with a backpack, a carry-on, and the clothes on my back. I had no car, no bike, no skateboard…no means of transportation of any kind. I showed up to a house from a craigslist ad, not knowing if it was a legitimate offer. I took a leap of faith, and one ledge after another has continued to appear. I met the love of my life two days into the journey, and have never looked back. In the past 19 months, I have crammed in more experiences than I could have ever hoped for.
I have swum in the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Stinson Beach, and Kauai.
I have been back and forth across the Golden Gate Bridge countless times, and have walked the endless curves of Lombard Street.
I have worked in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and all over the Bay Area.
I have stood at the top of Mt. Tamalpais and stood beneath the Hollywood sign.
I have had lunch in Beverly Hills and stood on the cliffs of Santa Cruz.
I have walked through redwood forests and Hawaiian jungles.
I have driven down the stunningly beautiful California coast on Highway 1.
I have been surfing in Hanalei Bay and have seen the grandeur of the Napali coast.
I have been to the leaning tower of Pisa and asked my fiance to marry me in the Coliseum of Rome.
I have stood in the midst of the Trevi Fountain and the Vittoriano Monument.
I have hiked between ancient, Italian seaside villages and taken a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.
I have walked through the natural serenity of Yosemite National Park and have sat beneath Halfdome.
I have taken a dip in the blue waters of Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July.
I have flown back to the east coast twice and made visits to Washington D.C. and Annapolis.
I have been to the Dominican Republic and relaxed on white sand beaches, and swam in crystal clear turquoise waters of Punta Cana.
I have flown over the Panama Canal and driven through the vast expanses of Oregon.
I have had eight different jobs since I’ve landed. I have done everything from coaching, marketing, sales, food service, landscaping, and project management.
I have coached lacrosse at the youth, high school, club, junior college, and college levels.
I have met new people, visited new places, and have done so many new things. There are almost too many experiences to count.
Despite everything that has taken place, I am ready to go home to spend my days, months, and years with my family. I will soon be a father and I am looking forward to settling down, taking life at my own pace, and raising my children in peace and serenity.