Time flies on the road with Outstanding in the Field; weeks seem like months, months like years, and so much happens day to day on tour that it's hard to remember what state or time zone we're in. From back to back events, driving to the next location, picking up menus, car repairs, monotonous journeys to department stores for odds & ends from birthday candles to dish soap; the OITF team never stops.
We left Pennsylvania a little over a month ago, but it seems like ages since I last saw the mighty Delaware River. My confidant Marta finally migrated to the Indian Ocean for the winter to teach English on the remote Island of La Réunion. We were lucky enough to spend her last few weeks together on tour with the crew - the conclusion of which brought the crew to our hometown and our respected families to Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. We got to show the crew the most treasured parts of our childhood home from my folks' Bed & Breakfast to Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse and ended with a feast at my best friend Alex's family farm in Kintnersville: Peace Tree Farm. It was a real privilege to bridge the two parts of my life, my home and tour.
Now I write from the deserts of California with more memories, recipes and miles under my belt as the end of tour is coming into sight. It's been overwhelming to even consider a life not on tour. I'm not sure I'll understand how not to drive hundreds of miles daily, how to stop setting up and tearing down a restaurant nightly on remote, breathtaking farms and to no longer serve honest passionate food to hungry wide eyed locals. I'm pleased to be back in the golden state I left behind in July, now a bit wiser, but my wanderlust has yet to be satisfied. The world seems to call wherever I go. I have loved this last year of life more than words can ever describe and the people I get to share it with will forever hold a place in my heart. I plan to savor every last bite and explore as long as I am able. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had this year and am indebted to those who helped me along this journey.