“I am taking pictures across the cost. I retired a year and a half ago. I am an empty nester. My wife and I have been together for 25 years and the kids were all we had in common. I never wanted to marry her, but she got pregnant. She told me she was on the pill but she had a child anyway. Once I held my daughter, I couldn’t let her live without my involvement. A few years later, they ganged up on me and wanted another one and we had a son. We raised them well. My daughter is about to enter law school and my son is in his second year of college. I never wanted kids but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They approve of me taking this time for myself. I always wanted to do photography but had no time for it, so photos are my purpose on this trip. I am going to places I have never been and seeing friends along the way. I stop whenever I see something interesting or someone I want to talk to. This is the first time I have taken a long road trip alone like this. I am sleeping in my car at truck stops.
There were good times with the kids but the nest is now empty and it is time to move on
I will get back to Virginia about the end of March and see what is next. I have learned how hard it is to change after these many years. It took me over a year to start relaxing from having an intense job where I was on call 24/7. My wife is still working and she never wanted to talk about what is next. There were good times with the kids, but for me it is time to move on. I am hoping this time I am gone gives her time to reflect as well. I have learned on this trip that everyone reacts to a smile and music. If we would realize we are more alike than different, it would be a different world.”