Flounder and I camped in Shenandoah National Park for one night, It was a quiet peaceful night by a fire I had started with dog hair and dry leaves. Flounder sheds a lot and I brought a brush to brush him every now and then. We woke up early to rain and fog. I went to the showers and I must of put in 8 quarters hoping that would last a bit, but nope the water ran out and I was stuck with soap all over me, with no quarters and a forgotten towel I had to dry off with a dirty t-shirt. It wasn't the best morning start but it got me going. Flounder needed a walk before we pressed on, so we strolled around the woods for a little bit. Getting back to my truck I noticed Flounder was not into this, he always jumps into my truck with endless excitement but this time not so much. I had to pick him and put him in, and we left that dreary mountain.
Two years ago I wanted to drive across country again, but over those two years I started thinking about doing something else, I just wasn't sure of what. On the outside I would tell people that's what I was going to do but inside I wasn't so sure anymore. I left anyways to see if that would light a fire under me to go. Then Half through West Virginia I looked at Flounder and he looked so sad. So I stopped at a gas station and talked with a few close people in my life about it and made up my mind. This isn't what I wanted anymore. What I was so passionate about years before I wasn't so much anymore. I didn't want to put my dog through hours and hours of driving. I didn't want to do it alone either, like I originally wanted. I wanted someone there.
I drove from that gas station in West Virginia six hours to my cousins house to collect my thoughts and think. I talked with my friend Avery for a bit. After that conversation I bought a one way ticket to San Francisco, I'll be meeting him out there with just a backpack and a surf board at the end of September. I'm looking forward to some In-n-Out Burger and hanging with an old friend. I know I'm going to miss Flounder more than anything, but I know my mom and sister will take great care of him until I get back.