A Small Gathering

Nomad Randy

One of the reasons I returned to this area was to check out the rig of one of the people who inspired me to become a nomad. Nearly two years ago I came across Randy’s website. What caught my attention was that he had converted a cargo trailer into a stealthy RV trailer. Since he was in the northwest and I’ve been considering “downgrading” to a more stealthy vehicle, I invited myself over to check out his rig – to which he readily agreed, even though he knew nothing of me…

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Back on Mt. Hood

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I’m back at my boondock spot on Mt. Hood (Oregon). I’m here for a couple of reasons: There’s a fellow nomad in the area whom I want to meet and check out his rig; I want some isolation to ebook-tize my other books; and I want to figure out my next steps without distractions.

Though it’s been less than a month since I was here before, a couple changes are apparent: It’s quite a bit colder; all the flowers in this shot are gone; and there are a lot more birds about. Funny how quickly a tiny clearing changes.

The Grotto

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I had never been to The Grotto before – never even heard of it before yesterday. As it turned out, it is place of retreat for friars and nuns of the Servite Order within the Catholic Church. Very peaceful place. I wasn’t struck dead by lightning or anything, which quite frankly kind of surprised me.

Seriously though, if you’re in the area, stop by. It’s a very peaceful place for reflection.

Return to Lake Pleasant

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I’ve been feeling the need to be near water. Since I had to move my rig to get my propane tank refilled, I used the opportunity to return to Lake Pleasant.

Below are a couple of nice emails I’ve received in the last few days. Used with permission…

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Blog Changes

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I’ve made a lot of changes to the blog. Please check it out and let me know if you see or have any problems with it.

I’ve spent yesterday and most of today upgrading WordPress (the blog software) playing with plugins, changing the layout, etc. Still want to add some new tabs across the top and re-write a few of the info pages yet. I know I’m speaking Comp-nerd-ian, but you get the point.

The blog should look like the image below the break…

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Moving On – Pilgrim

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I’ve been here in Catalina State Park for two weeks now. That’s the longest most parks allow you to stay and fits in well with my nature. Two weeks is usually long enough for me. I checked out some BLM locations yesterday, so maybe I’ll do a little boondocking starting tomorrow.

In regards to my focus – I’ll be making a few changes here and there…

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My Focus

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve been waiting for my focus to clarify. What I want, need and feel I’m supposed to be doing. I set my mental alarm clock last night for 6 am, and at 6:01 this morning, my focus became clear…

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Focus

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I’ve been contemplating my “focus” over the last few days. What I should be focusing my attention on. What my message should be. What direction I want to take my work. 2008 was full of changes for me, a lot of things happened – and in a lot of different directions.

I hope to find more clarity of purpose in 2009, to open up to the stillness and allow more flow and harmony into this strange and nomadic life.

Juarez, Mexico

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I arrived in El Paso, TX yesterday evening. Paid for a week so I could have some time to explore the area. This morning, I walked into Juarez, Mexico (and “no,” Mom, I didn’t see a single drug cartel or gang member). Very nice people. Strolled down to the local outdoor market to get a feel for the flavor of Mexico. Very cool. I only wish I was eating as I love mexican food. Oh well. The above shot is of the Guadalupe Mission.

For more on the juice fast, see my notes after the break…

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