I’m not big on plans. I’ve never traveled with them, and I don’t intend to start now. They’re annoying and restrictive and disappointing, rather like a cheaply made corset. However, since I want to involve many other people on this trip, I’ll need at least a vague idea of where I’m going (ish) and when I’ll be there (ish). To that end, I have an official tart date (July 1, 2014), a tentative time frame (a little longer than one year), and a logical direction of travel (west to east). Aside from that, all I have is a [very cool and exciting] map of destinations which I encourage you to check out.
I also have a list of smaller sub-goals to accomplish along the way, and these lend a bit more body to the Uneven Tenor project:
1. Write about my experiences: Richard loved sharing his stories with the world through writing and public speaking. His life’s mission was to bring the world to the people who would never see it themselves, and to provide the little push for those who’d always wanted to travel but never had. I want very much to do the same thing. And I have something Richard never had: the internet. I can blog, and I can Facebook, and I can bring his and my stories to thousands of people for free. How exciting is that??
2. Re-photograph the places he photographed:
Richard was traveling in the era of the first personal cameras, and he took to the new technology with great enthusiasm. I’m dying to see how the cities and archaeological sites and landscapes have changed since 1920, so I’m going to take modern pictures from the same vantage points he used, and publish them on this blog in the gallery. I’m really excited about this!
3. Bone up on history: Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m not much of a history buff. I appreciate history, but I really only it when it’s presented to me in the form of a fiction novel (think Lonesome Dove and War and Remembrance). Richard’s books, however, got me all excited about history. For example, when he visited the Parthenon, he didn’t just wander around looking through his camera lens. Rather, he stayed in one place for hours at a time, using his imagination to bring the Parthenon back to life, to fill it with people and watch the stories unfold. He then transcribed his visit into a book, thereby giving the reader a two-fold delight: the story of his trip to the Parthenon, and the history of the site, all wrapped into one highly readable package. I want to do that.