Chasing the Dawn

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Some people think it is quite weird that I love to travel alone. It really is my favorite way to travel. It's not that I don't like to share experiences with the people I love. Of course I enjoy that. I love seeing the kiddos run on a tropical beach. I love cooking s'mores with my sisters. But traveling alone feeds my soul in a way that I have yet to find a replacement for.

I love to be able to go where I want. I love to take detours. I want to get lost. I love to pipe an audiobook through car speakers as I am driving down a road that may just lead me to the world's largest ball of string or recently discovered dinosaur bones. I love stopping at those metal signs dotting the highways, telling us that something important happened at that exact spot. I am more than willing to evaluate anything edible that claims to be "the world's best." Because, sometimes, it really is.

For this trip, I am heading north on a road trip to try to see the Aurora Borealis. In northern latitudes--if you are having a lucky day--you might see this weather phenomenon that Galileo named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.

I am packing a small carry-on bag, flying to Minneapolis, and heading towards the rim of the Arctic Circle in a rental car that is about to have 3000 miles added to its odometer. Maybe I will see the wild polar bears with their cubs. Maybe I will see the Northern Lights. And if I don't? I will try to again on another great adventure. Finland, anyone?

  • Living life with less baggage
  • By the Numbers
Trip Start Oct 16, 2014
Trip End Oct 26, 2014

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