Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I started tracking miles a couple of days ago. For all my time here, I didn't really realize that I could do that and get miles trophies from Sparkpeople. I love trophies. This seems like a rockstar tophy. I haven't gone anywhere yet, but I will.
I've been distracted by so many chores and the new kid drama that two people in school can bring. I have one in Middle School and one is a Senior in High School, so I'm sure you can imagine. I guess I need to add that my husband in his last (?. I guess. We never know anymore) year of grad school.
But MILES?! I wanna go somewhere! I'm the girl who was raised in a very small town and lived an even smaller life until I was 19 and traveled to Germany alone. I lived there with my military brother and his family in a tiny local village for three months. We visited three additional countries and my eyes were opened to how big our world is. I promised myself that I would spend my life seeing new places and meeting all kinds of people. Since then, I've left the State of Oregon twice, and not even for so much as Disneyland. But my wanderlust is hardly dead. My church is hosting a justice-focused trip to South Africa this Summer. I won't be going, but my heart will be with them.Maybe next time. I want to revisit my trip to Germany with my family. I'd love to see Ireland and the English countryside and walk where Jesus walked. Canada seems to be just gorgeous and I'd love to do something in New York. I'd love to see the less touristy side of Hawaii. Oh! And Rome!
If I can't yet travel the world, I want to imagine that I can go to my favorite closer places. I guess I need to start with a realistic goal. My favorite city is my hometown. My oldest daughter lives there with her new husband and my younger daughter will join her this coming Fall. It's 108 miles from where I am today. I'll make it my first "virtual walk" goal. I can imagine that. I know the trip like the back of my hand. We've driven it hundreds of times.
From there, I want to continue counting miles to the beautiful Oregon Coast. I'll go to Newport, where I'll imagine myself staying for a week. My family can join me after 3 or 4 "personal days". I love them but, you know.
So, 108 virtual miles to Track Town, USA. 203.62 miles to Newport. I have no idea what kind of timeline I will apply here, so I won't. I'll start with my first 2 miles today. I'm going to count my walks around my loop right along with my walks with Leslie S. It snows here, so that's fair.