It's been a long season up here in Northern Minnesota but it is time for it to come to a close and I am now putting the last few things in my car. I'm heading west in search of god knows what. Maybe you could say that I'm having a early age crisis but I really don't know. I have a calling to hit the road and travel to new places so that's what I'm doing. The open road, my Mini and me. We will be starting with a trek to Montana where I will be backpacking through Yellowstone. From there it's up in the air (literally). Right now the forest is burning through British Columbia and Alberta spitting lots of smoke into the air which makes for poor air quality. I won't be able to go and enjoy those places if the smoke is taking over. Fortunately, if the fires do keep me away from Canada I still have many places to see in the states and I will definitely be kept busy. Either way this trip could be what I need. It's  a big step for me not to be going back to school for a year and it feels weird not to be in classes right now but it also feels right. Like this is what I need to be doing. After 3 years of college I feel very trapped by school and this could be the breath of fresh air I need, assuming the smoke holds off. Regardless I will hopefully be taking some time to reflect and learning new things. Many people spend their whole lives and never leave their homes. I consider myself super fortunate that I am getting to take this trip even though it won't be easy. I won't have any hotels for the trip. Only the couches of friends and my tent/car. No campsites either. Only free Dispersed camping in the forest to help with the cost of the trip.

So with a little bit about the trip down its time to hit the road and see what happens.

"The power of imagination makes us infinite." - John Muir