It seems like most of my time when not travelling is spent trying to think of cool and unique places to check out, then travel to those places.
Repeat as necessary.
The only disruption to this ruthlessly circular system is the time spent taking and editing photos.
Often, though, the places I grew up with, the scenes that played out all-to-regularly year after year, never seem to make the list of travel destinations.
How wrong I was.
Home refreshes the mind. So too does coffee, but home can do it with water, trees, trails, great food and better people. Home rekindles the need to see more. It gives a context and framework to the sights and sounds along the way.
Unfortunately, it is a short return. The unpacked bags still lie packed in my room. In a few days, I'll be in Seattle. A few days after that, Cairo.
While each departure is marked by a subtle sadness, there's always the glimmer of new adventure. Famed naturalist and current food-for-worms John Muir said it best:
'The world's big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.'
Here are a few photos to highlight the awesomeness of being home.