What a great question! I am so glad you asked! I am so… not with a definitive answer. I am still figuring that out. In all honesty, I DO NOT REALLY KNOW!
I am 4-6 weeks away from this adventure. This event. This fairly significant life change. This “what the fuck is she thinking”, “oh, good for you” THING. I am so close I can taste it. However, I do not have the final details. I do not know when I am leaving or to exactly where. I do not have a confirmed timeline on my house sale, though it looks like sooner rather than later. I do not know the weather in late March or early April and I do not know what my options will be. But, being who I am and thinking like I do, I do have a rough plan… thoughts and ideas about that first place. Naturally, I have been doing some research and I have possibilities.
Before I get to that, I have to talk about what I need that to feel like. I need, and I mean NEED in all caps and with a loud voice, I need to reboot, to regroup, to unwind and unravel. I need to get away from everything and everyone and reset. I need to get my sea legs, test out my equipment and my gear, make sure I have what I need and need what I have. I need to settle down, settle in, and reconnect for a spell. I envision taking 2-3 weeks of me out in the wilds, hiking and camping and writing and exploring. Shedding this skin that suffocates me, developing a sense of what this new life will be like and doing so alone. I have to figure this out, unabated, uninterrupted, untethered and sans influence. This restart HAS to be by, for and about me. Me and nobody else but me. I know that I need some initial and unencumbered space.
I know I do not want to get too far from home, in case I fucked up my gear and need to perform a storage unit square dance shuffle. In case I need an REI for exchanges and purchases or returns. In case I need this and not that. Just in case, I want to stay somewhat close.
Today, given the knowledge I have and the presumed status of my life, I am targeting the Olympic National Forest. I can drive to a friends house for night #1 and then have enough time to find a good camp for a week or so, then move on to more camps in and around that awesome area. The coast should be more mild, pretty vacant for camping spots during my assumed time of year, and forgiving if I need stores or amenities. Familiar, but still in the wilderness. Not more than one day drive from my storage unit, but far enough out to start my reboot. So close, yet so far away.
That is what I am thinking today at this juncture, at this moment, in this time. The promise I made myself about being open to the journey, about listening to the signs and guidance that the Universe has to offer, reminds me that I also need to stay open. Despite a rough plan, or any sort of plan I may have, I need to stay open to the possibilities that present themselves. I need to be able to shift and shimmy to the journey. I need to just BE.
OK, so, my tentative answer to the burning question of where I will go first is – IT DEPENDS, BUT I AM THINKING THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST.
There you have it.