Just 6 weeks ago I was kayaking alone out to an abandoned island. Just before that, I was hiking the rim of Spooner Lake looking for bears or other wildlife. But no more adventurers for now. No more searching for Oz. Instead, we are faced with a quick click of the heels and a sad return home.

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As many of you may have heard, the Ross family’s exciting California relocation will be officially coming to an end on Friday, October 3rd. This big life change actually only lasted a few days.

I won’t go into a lot of detail as to why, but if you are new to this blog read the OUR STORY page for the backgound.

My sister, Jen and her husband, Tom will be showing up to drive all of our household things nearly 3,000 miles back across the country to Pennsylvania.  We will put everything in storage in Chambersburg, since we will be staying with Amy’s parents for a time while we get my cancer treatment plan in place, and try to get back on our feet financially.

In addition, my wife Amy and her sister Brenda have been working tirelessly to re-pack everything that was unpacked. Thankfully, Amy’s parents were already here helping to organize things, and her brother Dave organized, packed and labeled everything in our garage.  We have been blessed beyond measure with the help of family and friends during this difficult time.

Driving around Tahoe now feels like cruising through a film set of a movie that will never be made. Since I’ve be out here since February getting ready for my family to join me, I’ve had ample time to build imaginary futures for all of us. None of these things will happen now, but they’re dying hard in my subconscious and deep inside my dreams.

I imagined hikes along unexplored lake trails. I dreamed of the look on my daughters’ faces the first time the mist from a Yosemite waterfall tickled their noses. I wanted to show them what made me fall in love with the majestic Sierra. I wanted to show them MY California.

Beyond that, I am also grieving the end of a career. Leaving the Executive Directorship of such a prestigious mountain conservation organization to go off and fight this cancer, leaves me in a bit of  limbo.

So for now, no flying monkeys or men behind the curtain; just the cold hard facts of the current situation and a goodbye to California.


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9 Thoughts on “Goodbye Yellow brick Road, Hello East Coast

  1. Keep your dreams, Jim. Let them be the stuff your healing is made of! xoxo

  2. Hang in there Jim, you’ll be closer to family.
    We’re praying your dreams will still become reality.

  3. Kandy Wellman on September 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm said:

    I am a friend of your mother’s and also taught at Montrose. You and your family are on our church’s prayer chain. Many good thoughts and prayers are coming your way.

  4. Chris Hauber on September 29, 2014 at 6:18 am said:

    Hey Uncle Jim! I just wanted to let you know that i have been reading your blog regularly and i have been keeping you in my prayers. I hope everything goes well and that you feel better!

  5. Margaret Faiver on September 29, 2014 at 9:40 am said:

    I can feel how very much you are grieving the loss of your California dreams. Jim, you are returning to Pennsylvania at the most beautiful season of the year. The trees, in a burst of color, are going to have a few months rest, and then. . .oh yes, then they BURST forth with renewed life! Let the hope for restored health and a new life adventure waiting for you and your beautiful family, just beyond your time of treatment and rest, provide strength. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. First of all, I have to say that your writing skills are superb. Secondly and most importantly, remember that this is just a temporary setback. I wish you the best as you fight this! I’ll never understand why bad things happen to good people, but just don’t give up on your dreams. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  7. Margaret on September 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm said:

    Jim you have such an eye and heart for the beautiful things in life..that is what you will be showing your girls where ever you go!! I know that is what you are showing me.

  8. Joyce Hojnacki on September 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm said:

    My special thoughts and prayers are with all of you .

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