I said goodbye to David and the dogs a few hours ago and they headed south to the Texas Panhandle without me. I'm both sad to see them go, and excited to get home.
I'm incredibly grateful to Dave for taking me along on this adventure with him. It's been scary, intense, exhilarating, exciting and incredible. I'm one of the relatively few people who get to go on a trip like this. I faced some pretty intense fears (both of spiders - still not over that one, and of storms) head on and was able to manage my anxiety pretty well. I have to give a ton of credit and kudos to David for making sure that I was never in a situation where I felt that I was in danger. Not for a second did I think that I was in harm's way.
Some people thought I was nuts to go on this trip and before I went, I wasn't sure that I wasn't nuts. But after having such an incredible opportunity, I'm sure that I would have been nuts if I had turned this down. I came into this thinking it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and now I'm 100% sure I'll do it again next year. How could I miss a chance to see such power and beauty again?
This has been an incredible experience, and one I'll never forget.
Edit: All previous posts can be found at the old blog address - ChaseDiary