Thursday, February 7, 2008

Day 10 - It's Not The Destination

So today ends my journey, and I have to say it's a bittersweet feeling. On one hand, I'm incredibly excited to be in San Diego and see what life brings for me out here, but on the other, this has been such an amazing experience that I don't necessarily want it to end. I've seen things that most people only dream of and have loved every minute of it. Over the past week and a half, I've been to so many new places and seen some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. I've met some great new people and gotten to spend some time with some old friends in their new hometowns, and had such a great time. If you ever get a chance to drive across these great United States of America, you have to do it.

But one last piece of advice: don't start your day with the Grand Canyon. Either make it the whole day or the last thing you do for the day because it will seriously ruin everything else that you do that day.

They say that the Grand Canyon is one of those things that you have to see in your lifetime because it's one of the few things in life that doesn't dissapoint. They're right.

The Grand Canyon is seriously one of the most incredible things that I have ever seen (and I know it's juvenile, but I really wanted to pee over the edge). Without a doubt a highlight of my trip. Be sure to check out the pictures, too, because they're incredible.

But just because, as you've probably figured out, I can't do anything without something happening, I have one last road trip story to tell.

I was driving through the park, and I ended up getting lost (and I'm not even sure how!). I followed the map trying to find all of the views that I could see of the Canyon on the South Rim, and all of a sudden I found myself by some train tracks and a bunch of campsites and cabins! I was only there for about half an hour or 45 minutes, and I wanted to see a couple more views, but then I got lost, and by the time I found my way back, I was afraid to go back in because I didn't want to get lost again.

But my time at the Canyon was incredible. I don't think I've ever seen anything so incredibly beautiful in my life. It really doesn't disappoint.

After the Grand Canyon, I started the last leg of my journey to San Diego. This, too was a beautiful drive, but I'm going to let my pictures do a majority of the talking for this part of the drive because I'm not entirely sure what to say anymore.

All my life, I've tried to live by the mantra "It's not the destination, it's the journey," and this has been no different. Although my destination is amazing, the journey has been even more incredible. I'll be posting more blogs here and there (I'm going to try for once a week), but I probably won't have any more regular entries like I have been, although I've really loved talking to all of you through my blog, and hearing all of your comments along the way.

Thank you so much for your support along the way, and I'll be talking to you very soon.

Love to all,



Ally said...

I can't believe you actually made it! Ok, thats a lie. I knew you would make it, it was Laverne I was worried about. Enjoy the sun! Love you!

bmjas522 said...

Hey Ian,
Jen just told me about your blog and when I began to read and see the pictures I could not help but start from the beginning and read all the way through. what an exciting trip! Jen, Josh and Jake we all send our love. I can honestly say it was as exciting for me to read all about it as it was for you to live it especially since I have never even read a blog before. I especially liked the part when you decided to name your jeep Laverne. I can just picture you in the mountains telling her she can make it up those hills, Kinda like Tom Hanks in that movie stuck on the island talking to his soccer ball he named Wilson. Well Ian i'm sure your parents and sisters nerves have calmed knowing your safe and sound in so cal. I say the next Costello family reunion is at your place better yet the next family Christmas. We wish you nothing but success as you begin a whole new journey. Brian

Eric said...


Thanks for sharing 'The Journey' - sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I'm looking forward to hearing how things go in SD -- by the way, what made you pick there?

Best of luck - Eric, Pam, James, and Sarah

PS - Why NOT pee in it......