This past week I have been preparing for leaving this coming Saturday, and as usual I have been busy with last minute inevitable errands.  No matter how far ahead you plan and get ready, no matter what, towards the end, things will be busy; complete packing, saying farewell to friends, and finishing books.  I love to read, but traveling with books is heavy and takes up a lot of space, and I refuse to leave with stories unfinished.

Per usual I know very little about my coming summer plans.  I found my white water river rafting guide by searching “cool summer jobs,” applied, and within the month secured the job.   I will be in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee guiding rafts down the river.  The first week I will be training, and the first couple weeks I will be learning the ropes.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day the river is open four days a week, offering me plenty of time to explore and travel around to the local area, and hopefully as far as Nashville.

I spend many months out of the year away from my home in Maine, and because of such, I end up leaving, a lot.  One would think that it would make it easier the next time it came to saying good-bye, but I have found that it has the opposite effect.  Saying good-bye only gets harder and harder each time.

However, I am a committed explorer, and I take the good with the bad.  And traveling offers too many pro’s to really concern yourself with the con’s.  I live for the thrill of trying something new for the first time.  I enjoy exploring new places and different territories.   And I love tasting new food.  Variety is the spice of life, and I embrace this view of life to the fullest!

Rafting on the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA

Rafting on the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)