A few days ago I posted something on Facebook about seeing color in the leaves. I was Jarbridge, Nevada (which is really much more like Idaho than what you would normally think of Nevada) last night and the air felt distinctly crisp. Oh, and I drove through a full on hail storm to get there. So yeah, fall is in the air, and that’s cool ‘cause it’s my favorite season and I’m on vacation, making a slow trip down to Yosemite National Park. I’ve never climbed in Tuolomne, and my friend John is posted up there for the fall season in a joint venture between the AAC and National Park Service. He and I had talked about meeting up, but I wasn’t sure it would happen until my idea to go to the Wind River range didn’t pan out.
Jarbridge is actually pretty well on the way, but getting there takes quite a bit of doing. My friend Linda (from my last adventure to Idaho) was headed into the Jarbridge Wilderness for a little solo backpacking, and we realized it would be fun to meet up in the middle of nowhere.
I didn’t really feel like I needed a vacation, which meant it was the perfect time to take one. As I’ve hinted before, I miss the roadlife. While I certainly don’t feel settled in Missoula, my journey takes a different form there, and there’s a part of me that just loves living out of the back of my car and exploring as much new territory as I can.
My wanderlust does not bode well for my bank account, long term financial solvency, or ability to invest in community. I don’t know what to make of this fact, but it’s the main thing on my mind. Watching the seasons change in Missoula, and on the road, makes me realize I’ve been in Missoula most of a year already. When every minute of life still counts for something, a year starts to feel like a long time. I’m always excited about fall, and perhaps unlike most folks, I can’t wait for winter.
I’m not sure what to make of all this. I’m not anywhere near the financial position I was in when I left Portland, and I don’t feel like professional experience in Missoula is complete yet, let alone the fact that Missoula still has much to offer. Sometimes it just feels like my head and my heart are in two different seasons of my life. This is going to be a good week to feel the differences.