Coming and Going, Home and Away

Trip Start Mar 29, 2011
Trip End Nov 18, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Back in the U.S.A. amidst a clutter of question marks.  My voyage has been nothing like I expected.  Despite all the boastful speculation I was prepared for just about anything but what I experienced in the Amazon, where the spindrift of resurgent tides found me unawares.  The places that inspire my curiosity will long outlive the people who animate my heart; I'd be a fool to believe time might indulge me indefinitely.  While I may never cease to feel insatiable gnawings and bittersweet lamentation anytime I contemplate the world beyond our cherished paradise (imitated in vain by heaven), I will always be a loyal and fearless accomplice to the catharsis of exploration. 



I expect some to read this blog and see little more than an ambivalent vagrant with a broken rudder, a deft stray with an avid jaw that occasionally colludes with time and money to endow flights of fancy.  Yet words only have true meaning when they're sowed by experience, and although I'm leaving this odyssey unfinished right now I will not die wondering.  I realize many things are easier when you simply follow the parade and go unblinking with the conventional flow, but fighting the current is the only way to avoid being marooned by the siren of sweet mediocrity lionized as bliss in the cloying muck of American Lore.
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. - Albert Camus
To be continued...   
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