Traveling alone this summer evokes feelings I would have never felt when I was younger. How will I handle being away from my friends for ten weeks? Even being out of town for 12 days was hard. We had our “Peden Pack” gathering last night and it felt like families who like each other, who get together for reunions, full of energy and stories. I have made sure that I feel every hug, every kiss, every bit of their amazing energy. As I am embraced in their arms, I wonder if FaceTime will be enough to bridge that gap when I am multiple time zones away. My adventure is not just mine. It is so much theirs as well. Houston is my home. I cannot wait to come home again.