I live in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. I can confirm that I live in Cincinnati because only people from Cincinnati can actually spell Cincinnati. 🙂 Sorry I wanted to see how many times I could say Cincinnati in a sentence. Since my divorce something in me changed, and it wasn’t just my marital status.
Before the divorce, I was content hanging out at home, burning through the latest Netflix or HBO series to discuss around the water cooler the next day. I had dreams and aspirations of visiting certain places I had never been before but lacked the initiative or budget to take the wife and three kids on such an adventure. Google photos and the phrase “I’ll make it there someday..” were where my dreams lived. Like many I lied to myself and make excuses like: When I pay that bill… , When the kids get older…, Before I retire…, or I’m just too busy now… to make it okay that I was postponing or not following my dreams living in my comfort zone.
A divorce will remove any and all comfort zones. Eventually there will be no place to hide. So at the end I rebooted. I stopped saying someday, I started saying today.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch
The most amazing things started happening. The first thing I noticed was I could no longer sit on my ass and watch TV multiple nights a week. Don’t get me wrong I love catching up on Game of Thrones but seriously, its been 6 years people, when is winter going to come? Sorry 🙂 I couldn’t resist.
If I didn’t have the kids or it wasn’t a school night, the kids and I or just I if I was alone would venture out into the unknown and have an absolute epic time. I found things that were dirt cheap to experience in my own backyard literally within miles of my house. I can honestly say the quality time with my kids alone has improved my relationship with them. We are not just going to do something fun, we are ‘going on an adventure’.
After the divorce I put a map on a quark board and placed a push pin into every city that I have visited, camped, made a stop, etc. and found that I have a lot of empty space to fill. Now I have several goals to fill those empty spaces.
Start time: Friday December 30, 2016 12:00 PM
End time: Monday January 2, 2016 6:30 AM
Total Time: 2 days 18 hours 30 minutes
Distance Traveled: 2,300 miles.
States Covered: OH, WV, PN, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, ME, VT
I received a message from my travel buddy Jim late Wednesday afternoon. He wanted to surprise his girlfriend that was spending New Years Eve with her brother in Boston, MA. Jim is what I would call a surprise romantic type of guy. My first response to him was “Can I go with you? And can we stop in Philadelphia, PN on the way? I want a cheese steak!” Jim responded, “I hoped you would say something like that!” And that was it. That was all the planning we did for this trip. Jim rented a car and had Boston as our only real destination.
We left Cincinnati, Ohio around noon on Friday and drove 9 hours into Philadelphia, PN. Our First stop? Jim’s South Street Then we drove around the city, say where the liberty bell was kept, the continental congress, and the art museum where Rocky Balboa’s statue was kept. Was the cheese steak worth the 9 hour drive? ABSO-FREAKIN-LUTELY!
So after a couple of hours eating and sightseeing in downtown Philly it was back in the car and a straight shot to Boston, MA.
It was around 5:30 AM Saturday December 31, 2016 when we arrived in Boston, MA. It would be a little too early for that type of a surprise so we crashed in the car for about 90 minutes before finding a diner down the street where Jim’s girlfriend was staying. After the shock had worn off we started the Boston portion of our adventure.
We stopped at Plainridge Park Casino I am not much of a gambler so I took $20 and donated it to the slot machines. It was nice and clean and had a live band playing beach music. I had fun.
Our next destination was the Patriots Stadium. I am a different sportsball team fan but the parking lot was very clean and empty.
After the stadium visit we checked into our hotel cleaned up and went down town. Where did we have dinner? I’ll give you a hint. its “Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” Yes you guessed it Cheers. Great beer and great food great atmosphere great service. It’s truly not just a theme song.
I split off from the lovebirds at that point and ventured into the unknown. Across the street from Cheers there was a park with a festival with a parade, synchronized ice skating, and a spectacular fireworks show. An absolute surprise.
From there at the advice from a server at Cheers I found a local pub called The Seven’s Ale House And that is where I closed out my New Years Eve. I met some great friends there that I will not soon forget.
The next morning Jim and I said our goodbyes to his girlfriend and headed North to Portland, ME. Why? Why not! Had lunch did some shopping for souvenirs and visited a lighthouse.
Then we started making our way back home making sure we stopped in VT to add that state to the list. It is hard to see but you can follow the red string for this adventure.
Thank you for reading about my adventure. I am sure there will be many more to come in time. I’d love to hear about your adventures if you’d like to share. I hope I inspire you to step out into the uncomfortable and live life.
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