SANTA BARBARA, California // We left our lives in New York City officially on October 1, 2015, so today - Feb 12, 2017 - is 500 days since we began this journey. It has taken us full circle as we have returned to Santa Barbara where we visited sometime on day 15 on our first road trip across the United States. California has served as the official "end" of this phase, as it is the last stop on our road trip and theoretically the place where we plan to stop for "awhile".
This serves as a milestone for us as we are in the process of establishing and completing one of our New Years Resolutions this year as, "roots". We plan to find a place to stay permanently. Not to say that this will be the place where we live forever, but I believe we want the experience of living here in California for at least a few months to a year. The trip is not over, and a new adventure lies ahead.
We struggle with the notion of "normalcy" - what is normal and what is not. The "why" and the questioning of things. The lifestyle choices that we have seen along the way from other travelers have imprinted in us an alternative way to look at life, happiness, and suffering. These are all ideas that we will try to deal with as we attempt, or not attempt, to assimilate back into society and this different world.