New Lodgings…

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Today, I moved to the Arapaho National Forest, where I’ll be staying for a while. I’ve taken a temporary position, working at the Henderson Mill, just outside Silverthorne, Colorado. It’s a six week gig, covering for someone who’s on maternity leave. If you’ve never visited the National Forests of Colorado, you really should. These are some pics I took, along the road up to the mill.

 

 

The job lets me off at 4:00 every day, so there will be lots more of them, plus paintings!! I’m so excited to be able to paint, again. If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know that I’m an artist, but I haven’t been working for about three years. Besides earning money for my next long trip, one of the major goals for the next few weeks will be to paint every day. That should bring me back to form, in a hurry.

That’s important, because my next trip will take me to visit my artist friends, Dan Beck (North Carolina) and E. Melinda Morrison (Texas). It’s always a drag when I visit other artists, but cant paint because I’m out of practice. It’s happened more than once.

Dan is one of my best friends. We were introduced by another best, Eldon Warren, who is an impressive artist in his own right. Although we’ve had some rambling and deeply explorative conversations, I honestly don’t remember the first time I met either one of them. When it comes to painting, they both have been tremendously influential and inspiring to me.

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On a local note, this is where I had dinner, tonight. If you’re in the Silverthorne area, you should check out Fritangas. I had the Relleno Plato, with both soft and crispy rellenos. It was excellent.

That’s it for this post. Enjoy life, and keep your Go on!

 

Update…

Since the last update, I’ve been able to check all other systems, except hot water. Everything in this thing works! I’m so surprised,  I cant even express it. I have a three burner range, with an oven. There’s even forced air heat. At this point, it seems that the only things that keep it from being drivable, are an ignition switch,  batteries, gasoline, and some tires. Everything else is cosmetic.  Next time I go, I’ll get some pics.

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Today, I started an interesting assignment. Denver is a test area for a new piece of equipment from Sprint. It’s an LTE signal booster. You know how you lose your phone signal when you go inside a lot of buildings? The little box is designed to ensure that Sprint customers don’t have that problem. I don’t know how well it works, but it sure is hard to give away.

 

 

 

 

Update…

The camper’s 12 volt systems were checked, today. All the interior lights, fans, and other equipment, work fine. That’s the first major milestone. Next, will be to replace the battery that runs those systems. The current one is done for. After that, we’ll check the 110 systems. Then, the ignition switch has to be replaced. Once that’s done, and we know everything functions, I’ll replace all the fluids. Finally, the tires will have to be replaced. Although they have good tread, there’s no way to tell how old they are. Evidently, they were made before date codes were in use.

Once all of this is done, she should be road worthy. The goal is to have her running by the first of May, when I head to Louisville.  It would be a lot more comfortable than the Stew Wagon. While I love the Wagon, more space would be a bonus on an extended trip.

That’s it for now. Enjoy life, if you can. Keep your Go on.

 

LinkedIn Articles and a New Project

Lest you think that I’m completely slacking, in the writing department, you should know that February saw two new articles, on LinkedIn. They’re about my personal view of success, and how I got there.

As you look at this photo, you might think that my perspective needs some adjustment. Here’s the thing. The camper is a project. It’s a tool that needs to be restored, or in this case, perhaps, re-imagined. Today, I’ll be checking all the lights, to see which ones need to be fixed. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but I’ll have help from others, who understand the plan.

There’s also a long trip on the drawing board. It will take me through many states, and keep me on the road for several weeks. I’m excited to get it going, and will keep you posted, as things develop.

In the meantime, here’s a link to the LinkedIn articles. Enjoy, and keep your Go on.

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A Thing I Have Learned…

Have you ever spent a long time, I mean several weeks or months, living away from town? Maybe it was working at a summer camp, or a military assignment. If you have, what was it like? Did you get more comfortable being in the wild? Many people do. What you are experiencing is a reconnection with the real Creation.

Over the centuries, we have effectively created an Artificial Reality. We live in concrete structures, and occupy ourselves with things that only Humans do. Our goals are strictly temporal, and we no longer participate in the flow of Life on this planet. In fact, we strive to separate ourselves from it, more and more. This seems normal, because it’s happened so slowly, but it isnt. When we get away from that artificiality, and begin to fit back into the natural world, we experience something almost revelatory. What’s really surprising, is  when we start to understand the intricate and fragile systems that exist to keep things functioning correctly. We know why there are different kinds of trees, and why Kudzu has taken over so much of the South. These things, and more, etch themselves into our awareness, and we know that we’ll never see things the same way again.

Then you hear lifestyle critic in a tie say, “You just dont understand how the Real World works”, and you realize that he’s the one who doesnt get it…and you used to be like that.

Here’s a Heads-up: The real world doesnt use money. It doesnt run on petroleum, and it measures success in contentment, not position and possessions. The really hard part is trying to fit into this Artificial Reality, after you’ve experienced the real thing.

That’s my bit for today. Get out of town. Get into Creation, and most of all, Keep your Go on.

The Stew Wagon

After the last post, you may have wondered how the Stew Wagon is set up for travel. Here’s an inside view. Interior Rear View of the Stew Wagon

You can see that there’s ample room for one person to sleep, with lots of storage on the other side, for my sleeping bag, a blanket, and paper towels. Behind the plastic crate, is another one that holds several books and notebooks, some TP, and a couple of smaller items. Underneath the bed is more storage for a big, Peruvian blanket, cooking utensils, and some dry foods. You can see that the rear, side windows are covered with Reflectix. The roll in the center, and the bits that you see above my pillow, are used to cover the other windows when I bed down.

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Here’s the view from the other direction.

I usually enter from the front passenger side. That way, I’m not dragging my dirty shoes across my bed.

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When I wake up, I just fold the mattress over, slip the platform extension underneath, and fold the seat up. To anyone looking in, it’s just a passenger car, with some jackets hanging on a hook.

 

Another time, I’ll show you how I cook while I’m on the road. In the meantime, enjoy Life and keep your Go on.