Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Let’s Do This


May the memories be forever part of your soul

4 years ago I started Mission Ph.D. Flashforward to May 2018 – Mission Accomplished. Very anti-climatic on that delivery (Newsflash: It is basically the same way in real life!)

I had a mental image of how life would be after graduation – things didn’t exactly pan out that way. It took me a little bit to wrap my head around that things weren’t going per plan. Adjust, Adapt, Overcome. (Ok so it wasn’t that quick and easy but for sake of brevity we shall pretend).

A joyous occasion in Tahoe City gave me a chance to travel. Since I was a couple of time zones away already, why not travel more? So a plan, of sorts, formed. A plan that isn’t set in stone and that is the beauty of it!

I’ve been lax on the blogging and haven’t been inspired to pick up my camera (PhD and all) so part of my goal for this trip is to 1) take pictures – be it phone or camera and 2) blog.

The itinerary to date: 

  1. Tahoe City (Plane)
  2. Portland area – Silver Falls State Park (Automobile)
  3. Seattle (Train – was supposed to be the Starlight Coast but due to a tunnel being repaired I’m on some prosaic regional train)
    1. Olympic NP
    2. Rainier NP
    3. Fox Island
  4. Great Falls, MT (Plane)
  5. Red Lodge, MT (Automobile)

No return date (which made packing very interesting!)


1 suitcase, 1 duffle, 1 backpack…no return date

Activities on deck: Hiking, Horseback riding, Camping, Exploring, Working out, Laughing, Enjoying time with Family and Friends

I think what I’m looking forward to the most is rediscovering my happy again. I recently watched Lord of the Rings and for the first time I identified with Frodo…you don’t walk into the flames and emerge the same person you were before the flames touched you. However, I really wish to be like Bilbo Baggins (the movie character- The Hobbit) for all the change and the loss, he never lost his sense of wonder, his positive outlook on life.

So here is to moving forward post-PhD, transforming, and finding out what this new chapter has in store for me…

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(Google images)

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