Our Path

I don’t really have the words to sum up our adventure over the last year. So instead I made a map. It charts our path, departing from San Francisco on August 15, 2010 (on the right) and arriving in San Francisco on September 16, 2011 (on the left) exactly (and unintentionally) 13 months later.

Map of The Big Adventure, our journey around the world over the course of a year
Our route around the world (“read” from right to left)

Though it appears almost self-evident in retrospect, the truth is we didn’t know where we were going or what we were doing until we got there. It reminds me of a quotation by Joseph Campbell that I have always loved. He said:

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.

That has never been more true than now.

Update: I thought it’d be neat to list out all of my trip posts in one place, as another way to “sum up” where we went over the 13 months. I’ve organized the links by “leg” and date—which makes it easier to jump to a specific country or place in time.

Aug 2009–Aug 2010: Preparation

Aug 15–Sep 7, 2010: San Francisco to Philadelphia

Sep 7–Oct 5: Philadelphia to Auckland

Oct 5–Dec 12: New Zealand

Dec 12–Jan 5, 2011: Bali, Indonesia

Jan 6–26: Philippines

Jan 26–Feb 9: Vietnam (part I)

Feb 9–21: Cambodia

Feb 21–Mar 5: Vietnam (part II)

Mar 5–12: Laos

Mar 12–Apr 4: Thailand

Apr 4–May 5: India

May 5–Jun 4: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda

Jun 5–Aug 13: France, Italy

Aug 13–Aug 22: Le Havre to New York City

Aug 25–Sep 16: Austin to San Francisco



wonderful words !


Great quote, and so true.

this made me think of you

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