'When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.'
As I write this, it's fast approaching one month since I first set foot in an entirely new and bewildering type of home - a home that, in the words of another, demands only that you keep moving.
The last month has taken myself, and those who have helped to carry me through my days, through almost as many ever-changing twists and turns as it has emotions and states of mind. From the searing heat of desert floors to the bliss of alpine forests, to the dizzying heights of mountain-top ridges; from apprehension, to crushing and questioning lows, to overwhelming triumph. All of which turn full circle on a daily basis and present themselves perfectly without warning.
I guess it's been very much a month of finding my feet - and by that I mean usually finding them beaten up and in a lot of pain. But beyond that it's been about working out my place within this crazy journey - going into an experience that seemed definitely out of reach, it's become easy to grapple with the question of wether or not that place is deserved, or how it must be earned.
Something that's become so clear though, is that to reach the goal of standing wearily and triumphantly at the Canadian border monument in another four months time, is an achievement which certainly won't be made alone. Like all of the greatest experiences, it's been the people who have shared in and contributed to the ride who give so much strength. From people who have shared the trail since day one and understand what's going on in your head, to the kindness of complete strangers who come along and remind you that what you're doing is much bigger than just yourself.
I hope to be able to put everything into words a little more in the coming weeks and months, but for now here's some photos of the last few weeks. Thanks so much to all from home and beyond for the amazing support, it really means an incredible amount.
Additional portraits by Tommy Corey - www.tommycoreyphoto.com