But wait what is this all about?! Where are you going Alex?

Yes let me clarify that!

It has long been my dream to go on a bit of a tour and see all of my family and family friends. Not just to be on vacation (although to say that I never kick back a bit would be a lie) but to “convivir” as they say in Spanish. I love this verb because in just three syllables I can communicate an idea that takes at least a whole sentence in English. The word “convivir” is comprised of the words “con” (with) and “vivir” (to live). The sense in which I mean it brings to mind the idea of doing life together in community.

Going from city to city and state to state, I am spending time with relatives and friends that I haven’t seen in a good long while. It will be the last chance that I have to see them before I head south in the new year- I am looking for a position in Latin America where I will have the opportunity to learn from those around me and live out my mission statement that you can see at the top of the page.

I am going alone in a 4WD 1989 Ford Ranger. Starting in Seattle, I am hitting many cities and destinations, and am going as far out as Minneapolis or Chicago, then over to Sacramento, and finally back home to Seattle. Starting on the 22nd of October and arriving back home on the 20th of December, this trip spans about 5000 miles and nearly two months. The truck started the trip with about 123,700 miles, and has just received a lot of maintenance, some of it precautionary:

  • Braking Fluid Flush
  • Dome Light wiring
  • Driver Side Door Latch
  • Driver-Side Side View Mirror
  • Front Shocks
  • Heater Core
  • Timing Belt
  • Windshield Wiper Blades

I have almost finished the plane (see previous posting) and I am just about ready for the long trek from Coeur d’Alene to Minneapolis.

You may see my Itinerary and Provisions page for additional details.

1989 Ford Ranger

This is the ship (or lifeboat, rather) that will take me East and then West across the terrainal sea of many of the United States of America.


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