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Timing the Trip of a Lifetime

A great deal of thought went into the timing of my upcoming trip to Europe (which starts three weeks from today). Summer and Winter were out. Winter for obvious reasons and Summer because only fools leave Oregon during the summer. This is our best season and shouldn’t be missed!

So, it was really a toss up between Spring and Fall, but if I went with Spring I would have had to wait another six months and I’d already been waiting a few years. If my bout with cancer left any type of lasting impression it was to do it now – no matter what “it” is. You never know what’s right around the corner. So Fall it is for many reasons, let me count them down…

  • I love this season and honestly think the weather is less volatile at that time of year. Knowing that a good part of my itinerary would be visiting landscapes that was a big consideration.
  • I’ve found amazing deals. I was able to book my flight using only 40,000 miles for a round trip ticket to London and out of Madrid. Spring offers some similar options, but not as many in my experience.
  • I’m taking advantage of a trip to New York where I’m speaking at a conference and launching my trip from there. Less time on the plane is always a good idea.

fun stories happen

There is so much wonder in this story that I had to share it. You know how much I love photography and traveling. Well this man’s story about a roll of film that propelled him on an amazing adventure marries both beautifully.

I’ve been following this story since December when it could have just as easily been me who found the roll of film in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park after that crippling holiday snow storm. I was just down the street housesitting for friends and also venturing out into the snow to photograph the frozen and buried city. Thankfully Todd Bieber found the film canister when he was cross-country skiing through the park and decided to pick it up.

I love so much about this story, but my favorite part is why Todd picked up the film instead of skiing right by it, as he said he would normally do. To be honest, most of us would. But Todd remembered something a friend told him, “fun stories happen when you make choices you wouldn’t normally make.” Now those are words to live by! I hope just knowing about this story will encourage all of us to make a few choices we wouldn’t normally make and add a few more adventures to our lives.

Here is the story on NPR about his adventure…

Lost Roll of Film Returns to Mystery Photographer

Here is the video Todd produced about the last phase of his journey to reunite the film with the photographer…