Finally, after five plus years of commitment issues I have decided to do a birth right trip. I am going to Israel! Yes, I am Jewish. My friend Ian Hoyer always referred to himself as Jew-ish, and I found I related to that terminology quite nicely. Culturally Jew-ish. As I begin to pack for my departure tomorrow I can't help but laugh at the full plate I managed to accrue over the past month. Now I have to be happy with what I accomplished and hope for the same full plate upon my return on December 2nd.
Here I am, finally on the world wide web as allierood.com and scrambling to get my life in order just before I disappear off the grid for yet another three weeks. In looking back on what I have been doing for the past three years, it is pretty incredible to say I have spent about 200 of those days deep in the Frank Church Wilderness floating on a boat, and another 300 plus in the Rocky Mountains floating on snow (when Ullr has enough praise). I have been living the ultimate seasonal life, with an off season cushion enabling me to go on the Grand Canyon in April, and Israel in November.
October is always the hardest month for a raft guide because it's the reintroduction month. After spending multiple months away from "the real world" it is time (for me at least) to turn my cell phone on, reconnect with past employers, and essentially start back from where I left off. In the most positive sense of the term, summer has been a time warp. What happens there stays there, and no one really has a clue as to what I do or where I go. I don't have time to do much in the summer besides work and sleep, so most Octobers are a blur of moving, job hunting, and a scramble to condition my legs for the winter.
It's November now. I have a job. I'm working on a film. I have already skied, and can hardly sit still waiting for December. From there, winter will be in full swing. For now, I will leave Jackson to fill in, and put my excitement and anticipation for winter on the back burner as I get excited to embark on this coming adventure in a not so snowy environment.