Time flies on the road with Outstanding in the Field; weeks seem like months, months like years, so much happens day to day on tour. From back to back events, driving to the next location, picking up menus, car repairs, monotonous journeys to the department stores for odds & ends from birthday candles to dish soap; the OITF team never stops.
We left Pennsylvania just 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 Perkaise, Pennsylvania. We got to show the crew the most treasured parts of our childhood home from my folks b&b to bobolink dairy and bake house and finally my best friends 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 and the end of tour coming into sight.
It's been overwhelming even just considering a life not on tour. I'm not sure I'll understand how to not drive hundreds of miles daily, through multiple timezones, preform manual labor early in the morning on remote and breathtaking farms on an empty stomach and to stop serving honest passionate food to hungry wide eyes 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 love
what I do more than words can ever describe and the people I get to share it with will forever hold a place in my heart. These are the days of our lives and I plan to savor every last bite.