Monday, July 09, 2007


There are a number of amazing happenings that Jess and I just never had the chance to write about on this public domain. Sometimes that was due to a lack of computer, a lack of internet, or just a lack of proper motivation. Some time over the next couple of weeks we hope to begin looking through our photos from this past year, recalling stories, and posting them for everyone to read. But until then...

Enjoy our travel map. You can see the key in the upper left-hand corner, but basically red lines designate travel done by airplane, yellow lines show train travel, green lines are personal automobile, and blue is travel done by public bus.

Click to enlarge the map.

P.S. I forgot to draw our last flight from LA to Chicago, and I don't really feel like finishing it now. Just imagine a nice red arc from southern CA to Lake Michigan, and it will all be complete.

P.P.S. Notice how little of the world we actually were in. Pretty humbling.

P.P.P.S. There is lavender massage oil awaiting us upstairs. Gotta go.


Anonymous said...

That's an amazing map! Great work Jake - we always like your posts!

cory said...

i was going to make a comment about you all staying in the global north... but then why would i want to do that? it is really amazing to me that you haven't covered the whole world yet. as far as you have traveled, (and you've traveled VERY far) you haven't really made that big of a dent yet. some may view that with despair, but it makes me hopeful! it's such a big world with so many people. there are others like you, and others who are not like you at all but will make great best friends or at least useful enemies. (you always need a sparing partner, yeah?)

basically, pixels and color codes mean everything and nothing. you've been a lot of places and seen a lot of things and most importantly met a lot of people. i'm happy to see the map (and a bit jealous, if i'm honest with myself). but i'm relieved that the lines don't even begin to catalog your time or travels. if it were that easy, it wouldn't be worth while.

the nerd in me appreciates the map for distances and borders and political geography.

the friend in me likes it because of what it represents (like our time together).

the jerk in me hates it, though, because it reduces sunshine and skin and pain and joy and various tints and shades of skin and life to borders and tickets (or lack of tickets...).

it is for that reason that i can't wait for you all to look back at the pictures, share them with us and tell the accompanying stories. Jake, you're such a good story teller and you always have the best stories. Jess, you always get really excited for stories... but yeah, i really love it when you tell stories Jake! that's what i like most about the map, is it is almost like a promise of stories to come! Be Jake when you tell them, and i will be very happy!

PS remember when you told me about coffee boy? to this day, it still reigns as the best email EVER!

PPS lavender massage oil... glad you didn't have that in my house! i would have been tempted to steal it.

Anonymous said...

wow, that last commenter was kind of a jerk... you all have so weird friends, in addition to us good ones, that is :)

Mahmoud said...

although i think you missed out by not stopping by Iran, i am impressed with your travels. hopefully you can present some of the wisdom you have gleaned in your travels and in your life to the people you come in contact with as you continue your life in America.

thank you.

Robin said...

Great map Jake! Thanks for sharing it with us! You've seen so much in comparision with a lot of people. Enjoy God's creation and the people you meet along the way. I know you and Jessica are going to cover more territory and change more lives and I can't wait to read all about it! You guys are wonderful!

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Indian Lake Papa said...

Greetings! Will try to post again! Welcome home! Your map is very helpful. God blessed you and protected you on your journey. Always be obedient children to your Heavenly Father.

Indian Lake Papa