As part of #Friday5 last week I mentioned that on #WaybackWednesday this year I will be looking back primarily at the year 2003. Besides the obviousness of ten years passing, what was so special about 2003 you may ask? It was a real transformative year for me. I turned 25 that year, which felt like a real milestone. But most importantly, I spent pretty much the entire year traveling.
At the time I had a brand new job doing inspections on apartments in small towns while working for a small consulting firm. Every month I would drive from St. Louis in my brand new car to a different area of the country and spend the week in small towns doing inspections. On the weekends I would head to the nearest big city and enjoy the sites. I would typically be gone for three weeks out of every month, and spend ope week at home in University City doing laundry and catching up.
Back in 2003 I was full of youth, energy and wanderlust. All would serve me well, as I ended up driving to 42 states that year. I visited friends all over the country and took a ton of pictures. It was a year that was tailor made for sharing, but unfortunately social media did not exist at the time. Fast forward ten years and here I am with a blog and lots of space to share some stories.
But before I get to my time on the road, let’s take a look back at where I started. Here I am before my first big trip back in February 2003.
This was my first attempt at taking a selfie on my first ever digital camera. This beast of a camera was the size of hardback novel and used 3.5” floppy discs for storage. It was one megapixel. One!
I got much better at taking selfie pictures, as I was about to spend a lot of time by myself. I left on my first trip with my first digital camera, my first cellphone, my first camcorder and my first laptop. My current iPhone has more technology than all four combined! But at the time I felt like I was heading into the future. So come join me on Wednesdays in 2013 as I look back at my year on the road.