I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about what I’ve been up to since I finished my Walk. Figured it’s about (past) time I update my blog and maybe throw a few answers out!
Well, I’m still in Maine still crashing at my parents place. It’s not the most ideal situation, but my adventuring tapped out all my resources and my parents are pretty generous of letting me stay here rent free in exchange for
being so entertaining and awesome help around the house. I was originally planning to be out of Maine by January, but that, obviously, didn’t happen. And about a month ago or so my car died, so now I’m a little bit stuck here.
Luckily, I’ve found a part-time job that comes to my home! I’ve been watching a little boy since March. He is super adorable and I’m having a lot of fun playing with him each day. He was a wee 10weeks old when I met him and couldn’t do much but be adorable and bat at toys. He’s now a big 6 month old boy who has mastered crawling, laughing, grabbing stuff, and has even started on real foods (baby foods, that is).
I’ve had nannying gigs before and really do love working with kids. His mom is someone I went to school with and, as I said, drops him off each afternoon. It’s really been a perfect experience.
Walking with the baby in the field. He loved all the waving tall grass.
As for the book….blah. I have been slowly slowly working on writing the book about the Walk, but I’m having a much harder time than anticipated. I originally planned to have this done this past Winter. The new goal is August. We’ll see.
I’ve got to admit, I’m having a lot harder time adjusting to Not Adventuring than I thought I would. I knew it would be an adjustment, I’m just really surprised how hard it hit me. I was on my own, independent, physically fit and walking up to 30+ miles a day. Seeing new sights and meeting new people every day. Then bam! I’m right back where I started- back in Maine and at my parents house. That alone would be a tough adjustment, but then if you add on a dead car, being literally stuck here, not much sun and blah weather….it’s been rough.
A picture from the winter, Anna and Boomer frolicking in the snowy field. As you can tell, Anna has not minded being “stuck” in Maine at all.
As for future adventuring….I’ve got ideas. I’m never out of ideas for adventures! The trouble is I’m tapped out financially. And honestly, when I convinced my family* to back me up on my Walk Across America one of the things I promised was that after this I’d try to “settle down” and get a “real job”. They’ve been patient with my vagabond lifestyle, but it’s probably time for a change.
So while it’s not what most people think of as an adventure, the next one will be finding a career path. I’ve got some ideas that I’m pretty excited about and I’ve thrown some applications out there. No word back on anything, but I’ll keep trying.
And hey, if anyone out there wants to hire an adventurer (and her dog) for anything, please do contact me! (I’m totally serious. Whatever it is, throw me an email – Ameranth.at.gmail.com.)
Oh, and I’ve also been playing as much Guild Wars 2 as I can during the Beta Weekend Events. The game is amazing and I get a kick out of seeing “Ameranth” and “Anna” whenever I run through the Black Citadel. I don’t think that’ll ever get old.
My Engineer saying hello to Ameranth and Anna in Guild Wars 2.
*Not that I need my family’s permission to do stuff, I just really like to have their support and so do my best to convince them of my wacky ideas.