Before the whole family went to Hawaii, there was some sort of a rift between Adam and I. Hanging out with friends, Internet friends, and family the month and a half or two leading up to Hawaii served as a total reprieve for the two of us. We’d both be lying if we didn’t acknowledge the fact that hanging out with other people gave us space from each other.
Brothers trapped in a confined space, compromising on music, and having to deal with each other’s annoying flaws and idiosyncrasies started to wear on us. Not to mention that I think we were both going through personal stuff regarding planning for next year and our own personal relationships.
As we started making our way back to the mainland from Hawaii, I think we were both wondering how we’d get through these next 7 weeks (holy moly only 7 weeks left of The Bro’d Trip!). Upon touching down in Nashville, the tension was still there, but we were also sad about leaving our parents once again.
Getting back into the swing of van life didn’t take long. The next day we were on our way to Seneca Rocks, WV. Seneca Rocks is a rock formation that juts up out of the ground in the middle of nowhere, West Virginia. Having seen photos of this place, I’d wanted to climb it for years, but I lack the gear and know-how for this kind of technical climb.
At the parking lot we grabbed lunch and laughed at how in a week my best friend would be joining us on the road for 10 days. Tanner seemed so stoked when I talked to him, but Adam and I laughed at how Tanner has no idea what he’s in for with van life.
Just below the summit of Seneca Rocks we stopped at a platform lookout. Adam wanted to get one of those feet photos, but wasn’t able to get it without a little help. He sat on the railing, I handed him his camera, and he leaned back while I kept him from falling so he could land his feet shot over the West Virginia valley. We both laughed hysterically at how lame we were for doing that, just for a hip shot for Instagram. But it was fun and it was the first time the two of us were laughing together in I don’t know how long.
At the summit of Seneca Rocks we hopped along the rocks next to the ridgeline and took photos of whatever caught our eyes. That also included some climbers topping out a climb they’d probably been on for most of the day. On the way back down the tides turned a little. I looked over and saw Adam climbing a tree next to the edge of a steep dropoff. That was out of his comfort zone and it was fun being able to goof off together before we started hiking back down Seneca Rocks.
I wasn’t sure what the hike was going to be like, or if driving three hours out of the way for it would be worth it. I think, and hope, Seneca Rocks set the mood for the rest of our year on The Bro’d Trip.