(1/3) Montan-niversary | Today marks one whole year since we set off for Montana. It was all Steinbeck’s fault: I read Travels with Charley, last April, sitting outside on the porch while Lucydog caught fireflies and crickets nearby. “We could do that,” I thought, and that was really all it took to set the wheels in motion. I honestly don’t remember how I settled on Montana: if Steinbeck stopped there, it was not a highlight in the book, but it captivated me. By July, the route had changed countless times, and unforeseen life events delayed my start date twice. But we set off at last on July 20th, now as important a date to me as New Year’s Eve and as much a reason to reflect, resolve, and celebrate.
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(2/3) Montan-niversary | How do you measure the success of a year? I estimate I’ve driven over 16,000 miles, had more writing opportunities than I could have dreamed, achieved a few personal goals, failed a few others. Most of all, I hope I’ve cultivated the kinds of things you can’t quantify: a deeper sense of joy, a firmer grasp on steadfast love. If travel teaches anything, it’s that scenery changes quickly – on the road and in life – but the mercies are new every morning. I am grateful for memories like this, for the mountains and the Grand Canyon and my new love for West Texas, but also for ordinary moments made extraordinary by the people that surround me. The daily glimpse of grace and glory. “We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves; even so look down the long isles of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys…” ~Charles H. Spurgeon
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