For those of you who don’t follow my ever move on the social media network machines, you might have missed my most recent vacation. To give you an idea of how hard I like to vacation, it started with me taking a non-stop, red-eye flight to Philly from Seattle. I touched down at 6am, only to drive for two hours before having breakfast, then 5 hours to meet up with a friend, and then another near 6 hours to get to the hotel I was staying at for an event.
To help you fill in the gaps on what you missed, here’s my vacation highlights.
21 Highlights from My 10-Day Vacation
1. I drove a bit more than 2,000 miles.
2. I traveled through four states.
3. Vacation started with going more than two days with less than three hours of sleep.
4. I spent time with the best of the best in my industry in Washington, DC.
5. I met internet friends in real life for the first time.
6. White House tour #2: check.
7. Over 75 people shared coffee and/or a meal with me.
8. I rode BMX with my best friends from PA.
9. I landed several BMX tricks I haven’t even tried in years (and did you see this fun video?).
10. I worked myself in as the guest speaker for an commerce class at Central Penn College with no prior arrangement.
11. Good coffee does exist on the east coast and I found some.
12. Spent quality time with my mother.
13. I helped (however small) with the rebuild of a motor.
14. I got to shoot an AR-15.
15. I got to shoot an AK-47.
16. I attended my 10 year high school reunion (dinner at Cheesecake factory with 40% of our class, that’s four out of ten).
17. I got two parking tickets. That’s ONLY two. Pheww.
18. Shared an hour with one of my heroes just talking about life and drinking bad coffee.
19. I got to ride a 2003 Harley Night Train multiple times.
20. Had one TSA agent ask about my beard, only to have another (different part of the same airport) ask to tug on it.
21. I feel I’m going home when I return to Bellingham. That’s a really comforting feeling.
I had a blast. I’m very thankful for everyone who took time to meet up with me, let me sleep at their house, and bought me food. I wish I could have spent a few more weeks to hang out more, go to more places, and drink more coffee.
Overall, I think this was one of my favorite trips back east yet.