Posted 1:39 MDT (actually on Day 13)
I have been traveling all day. Literally. In between Montana and Colorado, mobile phone service was non-existent. It made the journey a little difficult because of the need to look for food, camp sites, etc. By the way it’s terribly difficult to eat healthy while doing something like this. In the coming weeks, my challenge to myself is to eat healthier. It’s so easy to pick up Wendy’s or KFC or something that just feels unhealthy.
Something else I’ve experienced while traveling is the the feeling of being “alone”. Obviously this trip is meant for me to do this solo, but when I say alone I’m talking, walking into a gas station convenience store or a hotel in the Mid-West and being the only person of color. Last night I had two white boys stare at me as I walked about 50 meters along the pool walkway to get to the main hotel lobby. Today I stopped at a KFC in Wyoming and again, the only person of color. The interesting thing that has been happening is the acknowledgement of other people of color when I see them now. Why can’t this be when I’m in ethnically diverse cities? Rhetorical of course but what’s the difference? Is it so commonplace that we take it for granted? I think we should be more diligent in acknowledging…all the time. I’d like to personally value that more. To give a head nod. To say hello. To be present. I have a white mother and a black father and I’m positive that I haven’t experienced half of what some of my friends with more melanin have experienced. It wasn’t until the past few years that I have been more weary about my outward appearance and skin tone. I am afraid to be pulled over by the police. This hasn’t always been the case. I’m ranting.
Anyway. Today was a long day but it was so beautiful. I got some great photos and drone footage of Wyoming and something that looks like it could be Yellowstone but I’m not sure 😉
Sorry for the late posts guys.