As a result Caleb and myself are embarking on an epic journey to make sure Joshua is safely brought to his dormitory doorstep. There were some who objected to the legitimacy of our leadership of this odyssey; however their machinations were dealt with decisively.
Our mission is simple, make sure Joshua gets to
We go heavily armed, carrying at least three pairs of underwear and socks a piece.
We leave at first light (more like 10AM tomorrow).
Because of the great financial expenditure required to make this trip, Caleb and I have been given leave once we have secured Joshua’s well being at college, to enjoy a more circular return trip home. We have purchased rail tickets for a significant part of Europe and hope that our return journey will see us through
After much deliberation Caleb and I have decided to pack as lightly as possible. Being Spartan usually seemed to work for them, so we figured we’d give it a try. We each have compacted our personal belongings into a single bag.
Unfortunately because of diplomatic necessities we are forced to bring along a second piece of luggage against our will. Stuffed to the brim with the most opulent riches of our country, we were told that this luxurious trove will enable us to richly reward those who aid our passage, as well as thank those who will prove hospitable along the way. The option of bribing the natives is useful, however the baggage train will inevitably serve to hinder our progress. We are forced to look at it as a necessary evil, but are prepared to abandon it if necessary. The Huns will inevitably strike the surplus stores if given the chance so we will be forced to be carry on with enhanced vigilance to assure these valuable tokens do not fall into the wrong hands.
Here is a picture of the treasure wagon.
Here are the two bags together. The red bag is all I am taking for the next month, the blue bag is for the gifts we shall bring with us and then hopefully bring back with us (assuming the pillaging goes well).
I will give various updates on this blog as our progress will allow. Unfortunately our Internet access may be extremely limited.
As was noted earlier, taking Josh to
We're gonna make our way up to Rome, Venice, and hopefully a day or two in the Italian Alps before hopping onto a train that'll take us through France to get to my friend in Munich. We'll spend a few days reminiscing about the old days with him, then shoot our way up to my old stomping grounds in
Some people know some of that, some people know all of that. Either way please pray that we meet danger and adventure, that we make good memories and don’t get hurt too bad, that we grow close to God and to each other, that Josh feels loved and supported as he takes a courageous step into the unknown, and that Caleb and I may leave many trophies across many countries to our many victories.
All in all I'm looking at this as an amazing opportunity. I know I'll see a lot, grow a lot, learn a lot, and eat a lot. I'll do my best to take pictures, write stories, journal, and keep this site updated as much as possible.
Tomorrow begins the a great chapter in the story of my life. That it shall end in brilliant hues, all the more glorious due to the darkened shadows which form their backdrop I have no doubt.
With a backpack and my brothers I set off...