Tag: nature

And so it begins…The Creeper Cross Trip


This will be my fourth opportunity to cross our wonderful country. The first three times were pretty harried and hurried – the first a true unknown adventure full of break downs and roadside kindnesses in a dilapidated van (I didn’t know it at the time of purchase, but it had a blown head gasket!) which…

About those trees….


Trees are such an amazing part of our world. They provide shelter, shade, food, heat and suck up all of that carbon we’re emitting! These two caught my eye, appearing to be a long-time partnered couple, supporting each other through thick and thin. Or maybe he’s goosing her…knots? ūüôā Instead of the more sentimental limb…

Just Look Around


Some days are just made for observing. Today was one of those days. The above is looking out my doors a bit after sunrise. It takes a while to become fully sunlit due to the mountains and trees. It is usually very quiet, enough so that I can hear the hummingbirds while inside. I love…

A Bus Life Day


Today was a pretty good measure of what a non- work bus day looks like. Sleep in (I get up around 0430 on weekdays), coffee, read the digital newspaper, start puttering. The bus is energy independent in most situations, as I have 750 watts of solar on top, plus another 400 watts on stand alone…

Notes from an RV Park


It has been a stretch of interesting days. ¬†I’m not certain how my life always seems to amble along like a comedy, but it does most of the time. It could be that I am just silly ūüôā I ran up against a wall this week that I’ve not encountered ever I don’t think, since…

Thoughts from the week


I feel like I’ve joined the ‘writer’s abstinence club’ of sorts lately. I think of great things to write, but I’m busily doing something else, and then I have tasks to tackle or familial bonds to reinforce with listening, advice, interventions or the like, and a dog to walk and a job, and well, then…

Minimalism, life and hiking


When you begin to consider carrying all that you need on your back for a few months, the contents of your home begin to loom in the mind as well. The idea of ‚Äėcomfort‚Äô, ‚Äėluxury‚Äô or ‚Äėmorale‚Äô items becomes a topic of thought. We really don‚Äôt think about these things day to day, just like…

Walking into 2015


I remember the times when January 1st was a bleary-eyed sleeping in day. ¬†A day that didn’t require going to work, woohoo! ¬†Those days seem to be¬†long behind me, although if I had television I might still be tempted to watch the ball drop in Times Square. This year my goal was to go to…

Picking straws


Delicious Fall has fallen upon us for a brief spell and I am relishing it! Doors and sliders thrown open, fans positioned to bring all of that fresh, low humidity air in has really boosted my spirits. It makes working out an invigorating thing rather than a flirtation with heat stroke and misery. ¬†I wrote…

Collage of the Mind


Quoting Berry from Word and Flesh: “The religion and the environmentalism of the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something that they do not really want to destroy. We all live by robbing nature, but our standard of living demands that the robbery shall…

The Birthday Hike – Part 2


The pace and intensity of work lately has left me primed more than usual for pulling out the memories of this year’s earlier camping trip. ¬†It isn’t that I mind working (although independent wealth would be cool too, lol!). ¬†It is just that often it seems that there is nothing really productive about my days…

A little (hah!) more macro work


While I have always enjoyed photography, what I am liking about macro work is what it reveals to me that I normally overlook, or am too far away to notice (or…rushing past!) ¬†Lately, I am struck by the flowers within flowers ūüôā A few jewel tones for today. ¬†Two different colors of bougainvillea, white bracts…

Hiking the properties, Day 1


First off, I hadn’t hiked properly in a coon’s age. ¬†Actually, I’m not sure I ever hiked ‘properly’ as in official, hiking-trail, backpacking type activities. ¬†Hiking was usually a spontaneous activity that occurred when we went somewhere that had hiking trails. ¬†We never set out and said “Let’s go hiking!” ¬†But hike we did, in…

“I went into the woods…”


It is almost time. ¬†My apartment looks worse than usual (tiny thing that it is) because of all of the camping gear staged around. ¬†Tarps. Sleeping bag. Sleeping mat. Food bags. Hiking boots. ¬†Portable generators. ¬†Chargers. And so it goes. ¬†Looking at all of the ‘stuff’, I thought that possibly ‘primitive camping trip’ might perhaps…

Choice, affluence and rain


I am le drowned. It has rained every day now for over seven days here. My micro-haus has flooded twice. Thankfully the landlord has engaged someone to come by and take a look-see at the place to see what the problem is. But yesterday and today were glorious even though it rained in the evenings.…

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