Today is the day that our trip comes to an end. We will be traveling north along the eastern seaboard with our final destination being that same place we left three weeks ago. It’s going to be bittersweet coming back to Chesapeake this evening. We will have successfully completed our trip and will be back with friends and family. But it will mark the end to the biggest adventure of our lives.
Henry Miller’s quote, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things,” is a good summary of what we’ve experienced on our trip. We’ve been to dozens of airports, from cities to wide open fields, ocean to ocean, but when I think back on things, I don’t remember a runway. I remember the the scenery, the clear sky at night, waking up with the sun, and meeting people who all led their lives in these tiny corners of the country. We’ve learned to see things in a new way. We met people who had never been east of the Mississippi, whose entire world was this place that neither of us ever thought we’d find ourselves in. It’s made us appreciate how lucky we are, not only to have the ability to travel, but to live in a country in which we can freely move and see its beauty.
I hope those of you that have received mementos from this trip have enjoyed hearing from us. For those of you who have not yet gotten something in return for your generous donations, don’t worry, we will be sending them out in the next few days as we wrap everything up.
We will of course be posting more as we look back on “America From 5,000 Feet” but for now know that the journey is coming to an end. We can’t thank every single one of you enough. Just knowing that you’ve been keeping up with us on this website has made us feel enormously blessed. We hope to see all of you soon and celebrate our successful journey.