|Cowboy Inn, ND - 1st experiment with show up in town and figure it out. Success, but very lucky.|
|Pro-tip: Wait 'til *after* you clear immigration to get out of the car for photos.|
See what I mean? You can reduce a month of Sabbatical travel into 4+ laundry stops. Time flies. (Also, Prairie Dogs bark, which is just about the cutest thing, ever.)
|Black Elk Peak, Black Hills National Forest|
For the last few weeks, it has felt so good to get up every other day or so and head out for a 2-6 hour hike with a good climb. I feel so physically alive and engaged in a way I haven't in a very, very long time. I'm sleeping better, and oddly, despite the local selection, eating better and just generally more in tune with my health than I have been in a long time. My running and other workouts are currently a filler that I use when I've got driving days and we can't do big hikes, so I suspect when I return to running seriously, there will be a hit there, but overall, my body is very thankful for the big long efforts that fill my days in place of sitting at a computer with a phone and internalizing other people's problems.
|Lakota Hoop Dancing at Crazy Horse Memorial|
In short, 1 month in, this is possibly the best thing I've ever done in my life. AND, I get to do it with my best friend, E (who thus far has insisted on doing all the driving!), which is just amazing.
I am very grateful.