It's been a little while since I last checked in. Things have been pretty hectic with midterms and all, but now those are all over and i'm on spring break! While all of my friends are off at a rowing training camp or partying their face off at Lake Havasu or Cabo i'm sorry to report that mine hasn't been all that interesting. I've mostly been working, sleeping, and watching Netflix. I realized yesterday that I haven't done something really adventurous and exciting for a long time so I started doing some research into a new hobby: bike-touring.
The idea is pretty simple, you attach a small trailer to a bike containing food and camping gear and you bike to your destination, camping along the way. This summer i'm planning a trip up to my cousin's house in Gig Harbor, Washington. I'm planning on spending around two weeks biking up there from Santa Barbara, camping and adventuring along the way. Once I get there my uncle and my cousins are taking me on their sailboat to explore the numerous islands groups and sites around the Puget Sound area. After that i'll bike home. It sounds like a potentially life-changing experience and i'm really excited to start working towards it.
First off i'll need to start riding my bike more often and start going on some weekend-long mini expeditions to places like Malibu or San Luis Obispo, both under 100 miles away from Santa Barbara. I'll also need to start saving up for a proper touring-bike which will cost me at least several hundred dollars (yikes). Time to start asking for more shifts bussing tables! I'm also looking for a partner to make the ride with me, although to be honest i'm not very optimistic that anybody that I know will be willing to commit the time and effort necessary to complete such an epic endeavor. I have to say that i'm ecstatic about having an adventure on the near horizon. My ideal life always includes epic adventures and experiences in new places, and I've decided to stop being complacent and to make those ideas into realities.
I'm also still waiting to hear back from colleges, which is a source of mild anticipation in my life. I'm not freaking out with worry, but I would definitely like to hear some positive news from one of the three schools that I applied to so that I might rest a little easier. It's a strange thing, not knowing where you'll be living a year from now. That being said I've been realizing how excited I am to move out of SB (although I love it dearly) and start up life in somewhere completely new and unfamiliar. That's all for now!
With any luck, i'll spend my summer doing this!