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My New House

I picked up the camper yesterday. A friend of my mother was in town and she gave me and a friend a ride to Birmingham. After a tour of Birmingham hot dog establishments, we hit the road back to Knoxville. … Continue reading

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First Night

Yesterday I took The Camper With No Name to MF Auto for a check-up. She’s in great shape for a 1984. Most of the stuff they found I had an inkling about, except they said that the wheel bearings were … Continue reading

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First Light

Thor and I did pretty well on our proof-of-concept camp out in the driveway. Thor and I did pretty well sleeping on the downstairs bed. Standard queen sheets fit just fine on the bed and I got a couple of … Continue reading

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Yes. I really am going to do this

In the past year I have been denied tenure and my house burned down. I now find myself with no spouse, no offspring, no job, no debt, and not much stuff. As I explain below, It’s a beautiful opportunity. I … Continue reading

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I guess I really am going to do this

Yesterday I opined about the varying responses I get to my espousing that I am going to live in a van, down by the river. I was quite sure that it would be A Good Thing, (with apologies to a … Continue reading

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Getting ready for the shakedown cruise

Sometime this week Thor and I will embark on our first journey. I worked this weekend to get some more stuff done, mostly pretty boring stuff like getting locks installed on all of the cabinets, some little pieces of trim … Continue reading

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KOA: Couldn’t do the Walmart.

This morning as I lay in bed thinking that Thor and I should hit the road, I received a phone call from my therapist to let me know that he/she/zie was expecting me 10 minutes earlier. As one who tries … Continue reading

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And the adventure begins!

Thor and I stopped to check the map and lo! the car won’t start. I had a little trouble last night at the Walmart where I didn’t overnight park, but it got going again just fine. It was doing great, … Continue reading

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Apparently Water Is Not Very Good for Cars

So if you read the earlier in-the-moment post, the camper fell down and it couldn’t get up. I stopped to check the map and the camper wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. … Continue reading

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Where is the poodle?

This post describes living in a camper from Thor’s point of view and how I awake to find Thor missing and nowhere to be found.

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Maybe my therapist was right

In which I whine about the cold and having to walk to a toilet.

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News from the Cruise

I had envisioned a very exciting piece about a place for everything and everything in its place, but the associated photography and uploading of the pics is more than I can handle right now. Suffice it to say that it … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

I still don’t have a name for the camper. My 1972 VW bus that was my first car was named Bessie. Until the fire, I still had a pillow that a girlfriend had cross stitched. One idea is to go … Continue reading

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Our first real night out

Around noon, Thor and I left the family we were visiting in Santa Rosa Beach (though the house is on the bay) and headed North to Chandler Mountain, the home of Horse Pens 40 and, well, not much else. My … Continue reading

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Dogged insights on Chandler

Thor and I, after a long day’s drive (well, it was really only about 6 hours, with several stops), turn onto the driveway where we are to stay. A youngish looking (

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Back in the Hood

Thor and I went to a party tonight. I played music. Thor did not, but he was invited in. I didn’t even ask, though I did tether him on the front porch. I’d thought I might just stay parked in … Continue reading

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Meet Walden

I decided to name the camper Walden. I liked the idea of alliteration that several suggested. I looked at a few baby name web sites for names with W and Walden was the winner.  Things I like about the name: … Continue reading

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A window into my future

On the Birmingham to Knoxville leg of the return from the Shake Down Cruise, I took Highway 11 rather than I-75. It was lovely. It’s a beautiful 2-lane highway that goes through a handful of small little towns. Part of … Continue reading

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Out with the old, in with the new

Moving in to a camper is surprisingly like moving in to a house. One difference is that when said house is 85 square feet, renovations are even more inconvenient. I did manage to get the furnace and new propane tank … Continue reading

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Shakedown II: The Voyage Begins

I spent most of Wednesday getting Walden back in shape to travel. I removed nearly everything last weekend to do the furnace install, so it took a fair amount of work to get things back in place. I’d also removed … Continue reading

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Push to New Orleans

  Thor and I slept well thanks to the soft purring of the furnace. In preparing to walk Thor to breakfast I learned that I apparently left his leash at the office. And somehow, I’d decided that, space constraints being … Continue reading

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On Domiciles

Walden is now parked out in front of my friend Burning Woman’s apartment. BW is about my age, an author, and, as her moniker implies, for the preceeding past seven years she has been a regular attendee at Burning Man, … Continue reading

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Parking on the streets of New Orleans

I spent the first two nights in New Orleans Parked in front of BW’s house. It was handy because I could go sneak in the back door, which was right by the bathroom. I think I’m going to like the … Continue reading

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Google is Messing with Me

I enjoyed New Orleans, as I always do, but life on the mean streets was getting me down, as was the memory of the painfully long drive down, so I headed out to spread out the driving a bit more. … Continue reading

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An Evening with an All-American Family

I arrived at Jim’s house at about quarter to seven. Difficulties with my navigation system had thwarted my attempts having a leisurely beer while Jim and the boys were at baseball practice. After I parked I told Thor to wait … Continue reading

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Walden is a School Bus!

These kids needed to go to school. Walden’s ancestors were called “buses.”

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round!

Walden got to take kids to school two days in a row!

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Soup Is Tasty

The reason for going to Fairhope was that it was a way to get to Montgomery, the home of Jay’s Imports, my favorite mechanic. Jay did not respond to hails on Monday, and when I finally got in touch with … Continue reading

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Breakdowns in New Orleans

My first full day in New Orleans I was driving around the French Quarter looking for a place to park. I wondered just who thought it was such a great idea to have a 25,000 person conference in New Orleans … Continue reading

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Moving into a Camper is still, well, moving

Friday is the day that The People come and take away all of the televisions, beds, towels, sheets, and other such stuff from The Rental. I’ve moved pretty many times. I used to be pretty good at it. I knew … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing Walden was at the shop

Today packing was postponed because I had two meetings with students who had what we academics call “milestones.” One had a proposal meeting at 11:00, another had a comprehensive exam meeting at 3:30. Before the 11:00 meeting I parked intending … Continue reading

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And we’re off, almost

It’s been a busy week at The Rental. I did manage to post that a tree fell on the Subaru (for the second time in poor Super Roo’s life). I didn’t manage to post about going to Pull-A-Part to look … Continue reading

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The First Day of the Rest of My Life

The last three nights I’ve slept at a dear friend’s house. Staying at a friend’s house is not really living in a van. Friday they took the furniture. I tried Really Hard to get everything out of The Rental. I … Continue reading

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This is decidedly not an adventure

A friend asked yesterday “Well, how does it feel now that you don’t have stuff to do?” “I’m not there yet” was my reply. Yesterday I learned that I did indeed miss my final appointment with my shrink because of … Continue reading

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Even in a van, I still have to schedule

Saturday I finally drove out of Knoxville. No more couch surfing with friend’s whom I am accustomed to seeing frequently. No more trips to the storage unit, Goodwill, and the same hardware store. My first stop was a party in … Continue reading

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Why not to set ambitious travel days

I was going to leave Bell Buckle, TN yesterday, but my friends didn’t leave there until about 4EDT and Marietta, GA was about 4 hours plus a time zone away. I didn’t want to get to Marietta so late, so … Continue reading

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Ah, Bell Buckle

This one’s a bit out of order since it took me forever to get the pictures posted and whatnot. I’m not sure how the whole week escaped without my finding time to post. Apparently doing nothing takes up a lot … Continue reading

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Oh, Atlanta!

I rolled into my friend D’s driveway at about 6:00. I’d managed to talk to D briefly before my phone battery completely died and he said he was close behind. I found the front door unlocked and walked on in, … Continue reading

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A Plague of Locusts

Well, not really. They’re cicadas, which are not locusts at all. It’s 13 year cicada time in Middle Tennessee. I was in Nashville for their last appearance and they were spectacular. You’d come across a tree with thousands of screaming … Continue reading

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Thor eats a catfish

I took some roads less traveled on the way to Pawley’s Island. At some point I decided that I’d not be finding a Rippy Mart to empty my bladder and fill my cup, so I just pulled over. Thor hopped … Continue reading

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In which I make a pen, pick up poop, and sanitize a tank

I was on the phone with E as I approached his house. “Is it the brick one with dark shutters?” I asked. That’s funny because his neighborhood is one of those with fairly strict requirements about how you can decorate. … Continue reading

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My Life on a Plantation

As I approached Pawley’s I phoned and sent a textual message to my hostess, whom I had yet to meet. She didn’t respond to hails. Should I try to figure out something to do in this paradise myself or go … Continue reading

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The Pastry Incident

When I awoke my first full day at Pawley’s I checked email and web site traffic from Walden using my hosts’ wireless connection. I do not know why I am so taken with the stats. I guess I’m still surprised … Continue reading

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A Day in The Life

Woke up. Got out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head. No, that’s not it at all. I got up and had and went for a run. After my run and my croissant I looked for a local establishment … Continue reading

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In which I become a motivational speaker

Note: If you are not familiar with the Saturday Night Live skit in which Chris Farley is a motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river, you must watch it now. If you didn’t click on one … Continue reading

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There was no bathing suit and no beach

After my motivational speaking engagement I had to rectify a serious problem. In culling my wardrobe for life in a van I somehow overlooked the fact that a bathing suit could be a handy thing to have. At the direction … Continue reading

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One Month In

Today marks one month that I have been without an immovable domicile. I’m a bit behind in my story-telling. I think soon I’ll return to chronicling my return from Pawley’s to Columbia to Knoxville, where I resumed moving stuff in … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes

These are actual quotes from children in Pawley’s Island, as recounted by parents. Seeing that Thor did not try to barge into the house, my hostess commented on Thor’s good manners. Daughter: “Mom, did you know that Thor broke into … Continue reading

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A short-lived adventure

On the way out of Quito, after my family and I had arrived at the airport, secured boarding passes, passed through security, and had our bags searched by hand at the gate, we were ready to board. There was an … Continue reading

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One Fewer Passengers in Walden

I’ve had trouble getting back into the swing of posting anything since I got back from Ecuador. I’ve got some pretty good stuff from Ecuador that I hope to get posted Real Soon Now, but last week I had to … Continue reading

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News Flash (to me): I’m not in a hurry

With help from Google Maps, I’d planned a seven day trek to Ft Collins, CO (Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis were the notable stopping points). There’s a beer festival in Ft. Collins next Friday, so that seemed like a good target. … Continue reading

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A perfect start to my journey

Though the counter says that my trip began 51 days ago, which is when I moved out of The Rental, the part where I don’t have anywhere to be for months started last Friday. This post describes a most auspicious … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers, or a short stay at Elvis Presley Blvd RV Park

I thought that staying at the Aaron Presley Boulevard RV Park might make a good story, but I hadn’t anticipated this one. I called the Aaron Presley Blvd RV Park Sunday morning. There was no answer. I didn’t leave a … Continue reading

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CrossFit Fire of the Gods, or Six Weeks to Fitness

After spending a day on the couch avoiding the Memphis heat, I headed over to my friend Apolloswabbie’s house. Apolloswabbie is the owner and coach of CrossFit Fire of the Gods and a career Naval officer. Apolloswabbie and I worked … Continue reading

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Stuff I did in Memphis

OK. I can’t really figure out how to do justice to all the other stuff that I did in Memphis, but it was now long ago, and I’m about to leave St. Louis, so I’ll have to just mention a … Continue reading

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Go West, Young Man!

Today, I bid farewell to my long misplaced friend from high school band, the only one, to my knowledge, who actually has made a living playing music. My plan was to hit Kansas City today. Just as I got out … Continue reading

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Today is my day!

I got up this morning and made coffee, eggs over easy and half a smoked trout. I spent way too long posting about the previous days travels, having to crank the engine twice to produce enough electrons to finish the … Continue reading

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In which Walden makes it to Colorado

I woke up at about 5:00 this morning. It was hot and loud in the Isle of Capri parking lot. It was going to be a scorcher all across Kansas, so I thought I’d get an early start and try … Continue reading

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Denver, my new home

This morning I bought the parts to make Walden move again. It took me only 42 minutes to bike the 12 miles. I did take water. After a while, I managed to install a new coil, spark plug wires and … Continue reading

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Life in the Suburbs

When we left off, gentle readers, Walden was dead on the street, and I was thinking that the Wynkoop Brewery might be my new home. The only catch was that I had to put two dollars in the meter every … Continue reading

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Life in the Woods

Well, I finally did it. I left suburbia. I drove my limping car out of town toward a National Forrest. I stopped at an REI and bought a new rack for my bike and a cool bag to sit on … Continue reading

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Easing in to hiking

This morning I got up and after I listened to the radio and played guitar a bit, I thought that I should not be such a homebody and should get out. I packed up a couple of books, a hammock, … Continue reading

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Home Invasion

I was sitting in Walden minding my own business. There was a cute chipmunk sitting on a rock nearby. Just look at how cute he is. The next thing I know, the little fellow jumped into the camper and started … Continue reading

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Walking in the Woods for No Good Reason

It’s 3PM on Friday and, though my earlier hike was quite enjoyable, it seems that maybe I should try going a bit further. The problem is that I don’t have any maps of the hiking trails in the area. Fifty … Continue reading

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Meet the Neighbors

So I did pour a glass of wine and walked over to meet my neighbors. As I was prepared to tell them, I’d have never have invaded their personal space if they hadn’t been in a Westfalia, in a similar … Continue reading

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From the Forest to Red Rocks

After I bid the VeeDubs farewell, I finished packing up Walden and hit the road. I was still a little concerned about Walden’s well-being. Someone in a forum had suggested that the temp he was running seemed alarmingly high, though … Continue reading

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Sarah McLachlan at Red Rocks

I got to the drive-up Will Call booths at the Red Rocks amphitheater a little before 5:00 and they were closed. Happily, there was a walk-up office where one could stand out of the rain and get tickets. I got … Continue reading

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Care and Feeding for Walden

I finally got Walden in and out of the shop. It took them three days. As it turned out, there was a lot to do. Plus, once I realized I had access to a mechanic, there were lots of little … Continue reading

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I Love Boulder

I arrived in Boulder Thursday morning to visit my best friend from grad school. For years, we shared an office, for a while at Vanderbilt, for a while at Stanford. We hung out for a while after my arrival and … Continue reading

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Leaving Boulder

This morning, I got up. I try to do that every day, whether I need to or not. Next, I carried the Big Ikea Bag into Walden. I use it as one might use a suitcase when I stay in … Continue reading

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A Day in Nederland

I woke up at the trail head, made use of the fine facilities, packed up and headed down into Nederland. The nice park ranger I’d talked to in Boulder said that Nederland was a cool town and would be a … Continue reading

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Bear Creek Park

I decided that Walden’s lack of power and occasionally-loud fuel pump warranted a trip back to the mechanic, so Tuesday morning, I got up and headed back to Englewood. It seemed that Walden had somewhat more power as I got … Continue reading

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Walden goes to the doctor. I drink Beer.

I woke up this morning in a campground in Bear Creek Park. I’d been there since about 2:00 yesterday afternoon. It took a while to get packed up. When the wind got so crazy that I was thinking that I … Continue reading

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Fort Collins Brewery Tour

I got to Fort Collins, parked Walden in a public parking deck, got on the bike, and headed for the closest brewery, Cooper Smith’s Pub and Brewery. I got a table outside and found that they had wireless. After a … Continue reading

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Did I mention that there are breweries in Fort Collins?

I woke up in Fort Collins pretty early and, not wanting to use the bucket, headed for a coffee house that sounded pretty good, Wild Boar Coffee. Google did an exceptionally poor job of getting me there, but I finally … Continue reading

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Out of Ft. Collins and into the Forest

I planned to leave Fort Collins on Saturday. I got up and wrote and charged my (literal, not figurative) batteries at a coffee house. It was nearly one when I left. I headed to REI on the way out of … Continue reading

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A day in the park

I got up in the morning and headed on down the road. I came to this place where a fairly wild stream was rushing down the mountain. I actually got out of the car and went down to check it … Continue reading

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If the van’s a rockin’ . . .

I had this nightmare in which the van was rocking. It was one of those nightmares where you want to scream, but can’t. Then, I realized that I wasn’t asleep. I had just turned out the lights. I had to … Continue reading

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Walden goes to Walden

Since the bear had apparently licked the bacon grease out of the frying pan, I opted to clean it before using it to make breakfast. At the other end of Roosevelt National Forest was a little down called, wait for … Continue reading

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Hot Springs, and a brewery? Saratoga, here I come!

I didn’t manage to get up in time to avail myself of the continental breakfast at the little motel in Walden (the town). I’m not quite sure how I found it, but I noticed that Saratoga wasn’t far away, and … Continue reading

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Cheyenne Frontier Days, Here I Come!

On the way out of Little America, I stopped at the truck stop next door to use the facilities and get a Diet Coke. I checked, and showers there are $10. I decided that I was clean enough. I considered … Continue reading

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Over the mountain and through the woods

I had to check out the Hobo Pool, especially since on my trip to Pawley’s Island I had been called a hobo. The hobo pool was, in fact, pretty darned hot. No one was in it, and it had some … Continue reading

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Rodeo, Explained

At a bit after noon, I headed down Portal 1 and found my way to my seat at my first rodeo. Sure enough, it was right above the chutes. The guy next to me asked where I’d gotten my ticket. … Continue reading

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Heading to Rushmore

When I awoke parked on the street near the Flying J, I noticed that there was a car behind me and that it contained a couple of twenty-something guys who were sleeping. I didn’t actually get a close enough view … Continue reading

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Rushmore can wait

I headed out pretty early and bought ice in Custer. Can I just tell you how oppressive it is to buy ice every day? Out here I can find 10 pound blocks (rather than the stuff you usually get that … Continue reading

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Sculptures on Mountains. Snore.

The route that I took to hit both Crazy Horse and Rushmore took me into Custer park, through has a loop that’s supposed to have lots of animals. I saw a buffalo ambling down the side of the road. I … Continue reading

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Bad Lands and Weapons of Mass Destruction

In the morning I set out for the Badlands. And they were pretty bad. That’s “bad” meaning “good.” I think what’s striking is that the pictures of them turned out really cool. Usually landscapes don’t come out that well, but … Continue reading

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The Big Rock

My path in the morning took me through Deadwood, a little touristy town that’s supposed to look like an old mining town. It’s kept afloat with gambling money. I rode by this little mine and decided to do the tour. … Continue reading

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Bighorn National Forest

I headed out of the Wild Woman RV Park at about noon. Since I had power charging my battery and WIFI, I made the most of it. I was going to go up through Bighorn National Forest and see this … Continue reading

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A Dinner Party in Thermopolis

I really liked my campsite in the Bighorn Forest, and considered hanging out there another day, but decided to roll on. Before I left, I chatted with the guy next door. He was there with his daughter doing some fishing. … Continue reading

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Leaving the Eagle

In the morning I drank a cup of coffee with my new family that I’d met the night before. We then headed to the public bath for a soak. In the park there were people selling kettle corn, hand-forged knives … Continue reading

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And on to Jackson Hole

I got out of my spot in the Shoshone national forest pretty early in the morning. I crossed the pass, which included several miles of unpaved roads. I’m told that there are two seasons in Wyoming, Winter, and road construction. … Continue reading

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Another fine day in Jackson

I woke up pretty early in the crappy campground. I was ready to get out of there pretty early. Before heading in to town I headed up the mountain to scout dispersed camping spots. There were plenty. I should have … Continue reading

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The First 100 Days

The astute reader will notice that my posts lag about a week behind. I’m sort of trying to catch up a little, especially after I’ve, for example, been in Yellowstone, where it’s difficult to get stuff posted because there is … Continue reading

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Finding Yellowstone

It turned out that my camping spot in the forest up above the campground where I’d been the night before, though it had a beautiful view, was too close to the road. I knew that when I parked there, but … Continue reading

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A Grand Day

I got up pretty early, went and said goodbye to my Vanagon Family, and went in search of another campground. The next one I saw was in a place that has phone and 3G data coverage. It was one of … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Geyser

I think I slept later than I’ve ever slept in Walden. I didn’t get up until nearly 10:00. It was cold and furnace wouldn’t work and I was chilly. That battery was pissing me off. I headed out of the … Continue reading

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Finding a Home for the night in Yellowstone

On my way out of the campground, I arranged for a spot at the north end of the park, closer to where the backpackers that I’d met earlier and planned to meet up with. It wasn’t the perfect place, but … Continue reading

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Another Day in the Park

With my lodging arranged for, I could now go about my day in the park. I then headed on down to the rendezvous spot where I’d planned to meet the backpack crew. I passed one of the geysers that was … Continue reading

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Mammoth Hot Springs

It was cold that morning, when I finally started stirring, happy that Walden’s furnace was working, I saw Phil, the bicyclist that I’d picked up the previous afternoon, sitting at the picnic table. The cold zapped any desire to prepare … Continue reading

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Boiling River

Morning came, and Phil wanted to cook the steaks. The steaks had been cooked the previous evening. Little Bird had made him a plate, put it in front of him, and instructed him to eat. This morning, however, Phil had … Continue reading

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This KOA was AOK

Morning came, and as we did nearly every morning that Little Bird and Ox we with me, we cooked up a bunch of bacon and made some eggs. Once the dishes were washed and put away, sleeping bags stuffed, backpacks … Continue reading

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To the edge of Glacier

When it came time for breakfast, we went to the buffet on the KOA premises. We’d read about the pancake breakfast the night before, and both Ox and Little Bird seemed fired up about pancakes. KOA had a full buffet … Continue reading

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And in to Glacier!

I had two young people in my midst, so it seemed apropos to feed them bacon and eggs for breakfast. It took too long to get out of camp. My guests washed dishes at the campground-approved dish washing area. I … Continue reading

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Walden gets a hurt foot

While we were making breakfast on this particular morning, Little Bird pointed out that Walden’s right rear tire, the same one that had been repaired a couple days before, again looked low. After breakfast, which included the potatoes that had … Continue reading

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A hike to get us ready for a hike

As we did almost every morning we were together, Ox, Little Bird, and I had another round of bacon and eggs and dish washing in the morning. Bacon and eggs are tasty, but over time I tired of the dish … Continue reading

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Now this is a real hike

Let me just say right now that I should have taken my real camera on the hike up over Piegan’s Pass. I took my little camera and my cell phone. Somehow the camera’s lens got jammed, and the cell phone … Continue reading

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Getting out of the woods

It was time to get on out of Glacier. Plus, Little Bird’s sore throat seemed worse, and she seemed to have a fever. I contemplated buying a thermometer to show her that she had a fever, as it was becoming … Continue reading

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An Extra Day in Glacier

As we were leaving the RV park, Bird asked that we drop her off back at the entrance to Glacier National Park and that she’d meet us in Portland. What? On one hand, she was a hitchhiker and had no … Continue reading

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A Party in Spokane

We got up pretty early in the Glacier RV park and hit the road. I was no interested in cooking or cleaning. We stopped at a Poison Store (so-called because I acknowledge that Diet Coke will probably kill me–though more … Continue reading

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Destination: Portland

I woke up pretty early, and Little Bird and Ox were sleeping upstairs in Walden. Given the previous evening’s festivities, it seemed likely that they’d want to sleep a good while longer. The kind folks whose house we were parked … Continue reading

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Farewell to Little Bird and Ox

He was standing on the highway Somewhere way out in the sticks Guitar across his shoulder Like a 30 aught six He was staring in my headlights When I come around the bend Climbed up on my shotgun side And … Continue reading

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Hair of the Dog

With Little Bird and Ox returned to the wild, it was just me and Walden, for the first time in almost two weeks. Well, that’s not quite true. OK, it’s not true at all. I was on my way back … Continue reading

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Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo

It was a nice day in Portland. We got up, had a delicious breakfast and went to the zoo. It’s like a big park, with caged animals. If you want to just see the pictures, you can see them on … Continue reading

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In which I am welcomed by strangers

I’d been in Portland for several nights, it was time to head on up the road. There was French toast and pancakes for Breakfast. I got everything packed back in to Walden, including the new laptop. There was a bit … Continue reading

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What? A party? For me?

Out in front of my new friends’ house, I woke up pretty early. I turned on NPR and lounged in bed for a while. After a while I got up, put some clothes on and headed in to the house. … Continue reading

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Beer, Beer, and more Beer

I woke up and showered and blogged at the home of my gracious hosts. I also went through their DVD collection and backed up some of their stuff to my laptop’s hard drive. That way, if their house burned down, … Continue reading

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Parking on the street in Seattle

This was my first day alone in quite a while. I’d had Little Bird and Ox with me for ten days, and after that I was staying with friends in Portland, and then with the strangers crazy enough to invite … Continue reading

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Walden Rides a boat!

This being Seattle, it seemed like it’d be easy enough to find a nearby coffee outlet. I don’t really care that much about coffee, but those places often have the Three-P trifecta: potty, power, and porn. As I would soon … Continue reading

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In which I go to another country

In the morning I woke up and we had a fantastic breakfast hash. It was lovely indeed. After breakfast, S went on in to the office. I showered, and computed, and hung out with P for a while until it … Continue reading

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Maybe Canada isn’t so bad after all

I woke up pretty early in a campground outside of Sidney, BC. (This wasn’t a surprise to me, but I thought you might have forgotten where I went to sleep.) I drove out of the park and into town where … Continue reading

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Getting Back to the Mainland

I was on my way to the ferry to get off this island and back to the mainland. Getting to the mainland was a first step in getting back to getting back to the US of A. I figured it’d … Continue reading

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This Land is My Land

My stealth camping on the street in Vancouver was uneventful. I woke up pretty early and was on the move before 7:00. I used the bathroom at a convenience store, but they had no soda fountain. I bought ice so … Continue reading

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The World is My Oyster

After I finished up with Rocket Donuts I headed on south along the coast. There were some pretty awesome views along the way. At one place, I found a thong in the bushes. It was the first time I’d seen … Continue reading

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Over the mountain and through the woods, again

I was toasty warm in my “real” sleeping bag, which has a 0F rating, as opposed to the 55F rated bag that I started the trip with. When I poked my arms out, though, I was cold. It was probably … Continue reading

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Mazama Holiday

I woke up parked in the carport at my friend’s house. I drove the two kilometers in to the store and had a breakfast sandwich. There was no internet there, but I wrote some anyway. As I was leaving I … Continue reading

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The Holiday Continues

I woke up in a comfortable bed in B’s guest room, at least it was the guest room when his wife wasn’t there. They apparently have differing opinions about which room is preferable. After a couple of cups of coffee, … Continue reading

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Traveling to Eastern Oregon

Well, I was going to have to stop being on holiday sometime, and today was the day. The ReUnion was only two days away, and it seemed like a good idea to take two days to get there. B made … Continue reading

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ReUnion: Bunches of Busses

I found my way from Union to the Catherine Creek State Park. I knew I was headed the right way since I was being followed by another Vanagon Westfalia. I pulled in and saw a bunch of campers. I was … Continue reading

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Getting Back to Portland

I got packed up, bid farewell to my new Westfalia friends and headed out of Catherine Creek. I made sure that I had plenty of gas. The tank was still pretty much full since I’d run out pretty close to … Continue reading

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Ikea, Spoiled Beer, and Great conversation

I woke and up had a lazy morning with M and K. At the ReUnion LINK I’d seen some cool lights that someone had gotten at Ikea that I thought I might add to Walden; M and I made plans … Continue reading

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Dinner with a Friend

After dropping my friend at her hotel, I made it to the restaurant a while before Crash. He and I were roommates my last semester in college. Upon arrival he explained that his name was Crash and promptly named me … Continue reading

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A day in Portland

The good thing about overnight stealth camping on a random street in Portland is that when you wake up, you’re not far from a place that has power, wifi, a bathroom, oh, and coffee. The Flying Cat Coffee Company is … Continue reading

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Octoberfest!

It was time to say farewell to my friends in Portland and south. I said goodbye to the dog too. He’s a lot more of a licker than was Thor. I’d gotten tips from my friend about the Octoberfest celebration … Continue reading

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Goats and Ukes!

When I awoke in Walden parked the field in Mt. Angel, my auxiliary battery was almost dead. This battery thing was really starting to bum me out. I considered hanging around having having a few more sausages, but decided instead … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different

After I bid farewell to the goats, I headed on down to Corvallis, where another person from the Wet Westies email list had invited me to park in his driveway. I’d invited him to join me for drinks at one … Continue reading

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Beautiful Beaches, Annoying Rangers

Having had a shower and some pancakes I was back on the road. I stumbled on to the Oregon Oyster farm, which was not where Google thought it was. I did manage to find it, though they wouldn’t sell many … Continue reading

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And on down the coast

It turns out that parking between two big trucks is a noisy place come 5AM when they start their day. Since I’d payed the $17.82 for the privilege of parking I thought I’d go use their bathroom. I couldn’t figure … Continue reading

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Boundaries

This was another day that I ambled down the coast with no particular goal other than moving south. I stopped a few times and got some pictures of stuff, like some dried up flower. There were also some more of … Continue reading

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Lighthouse

I woke up and walked to the shower house. I was clean, but was unable to provide myself with underwear that were also clean. I’ve gotten rid of at least two pair of underwear since I went full-time and I … Continue reading

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Eureka!

I hung out at The Village Camper Inn for a good while in the morning. I finally found someone who could give me the combination to the bathroom and got a shower. I hung out in Walden for until 11:00 … Continue reading

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Oil Leak

Walden and I ambled on down through the redwoods. Where there was a sign that offered the opportunity to drive through a tree we knew that we had to do it. I paid the ten bucks and on we went! … Continue reading

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Going to a house

I woke up and headed out of Richardson Grove State Park. On down the road I saw a winery and thought that I should stop. they had grapes growing there. When I arrived, there were three couples arranging some means … Continue reading

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Toronado, or sleeping on the streets of San Francisco

My cousin had identified someone in San Francisco whom she thought I should meet. A woman. This seemed like a fine idea to me. It took a handful of emails over a course of months, as the original plan was … Continue reading

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Peanuts for Dinner

I woke up in Walden parked on Haight street to the sound of garbage trucks. It took me back to one of the first nights that I spent in Vermont when moving from Hoboken, NJ. We’d stayed the night in … Continue reading

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Free Lunch

I woke up at D’s house and he and I got moving pretty early, since he has a job and everything. I’ve been continually annoyed that people I visit have jobs. I’ve often found it inconvenient. My activity for the … Continue reading

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Sometimes I miss the poodle

I’m staying with friends that have cats, and we (I and the friends, not the cats) were discussing how different the trip would have been with Thor. I told them that Thor had a kitty, but they said that the … Continue reading

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On the Road Again, Again

This being the end of my iLiveInYourHouse.com tour (for a few days, at least), I woke up at my friend’s house. She made breakfast, which I ate with her son. She made some suggestions about what route to take and … Continue reading

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They Don’t Look Like Elephants to Me

I didn’t sleep that well on the street in Santa Cruz. Around 3:00 I gave up on sleeping and watched an episode of Breaking Bad. In the morning I tried to listen to NPR, but the battery got too low … Continue reading

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A Bittersweet Visit

I love the Robber Barron houses like Biltmore and Hearst Castle, but I decided that I’d forgo seeing Hearst Castle this trip. I was already south of it and had planned to meet up with a women who follows my … Continue reading

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Making Our Way to LA

We snuck out of the motel before my cousin awoke. We left him and his girlfriend the keys to my aunt’s car and my aunt, uncle and I headed out in Walden. It seemed like a good idea to check … Continue reading

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A night in the desert

OK, so I’m not really young, but I learned from my maternal grandmother never to let the truth interfere with a good story. Everyone went to work. I decided that it probably made sense to wash my clothes and my … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Through the Desert in A Van Named Walden

In our last episode, I decided where to park for the night by getting stuck on a dark desert highway, with cool wind in my hair. Actually it was really a dark desert one-lane road. I kept the windows shut. … Continue reading

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What Happens in Vegas

After the Mojave National Preserve, I’d planned to head for Hoover dam, bypassing Vegas. I don’t much like gambling, and all of the movies about hilarious antics in Vegas that I have seen involve a group of people. It’s never … Continue reading

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Dam, that Thing is Big

I tried to find some kind of decent breakfast on the way out of Vegas, but gave up and got a couple tacos at Del Taco, a regional version of Taco Bell. It was going to be good to get … Continue reading

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Approaching a Hole

I spent all of the previous day in a crappy little motel room in Kingmon, Arizona working on a set of questions that someone had sent me in response to a job I had applied for. Spending thirty dollars to … Continue reading

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From the Hole to Flagstaff

When I awoke, I was quite comfy in my sleeping bag. It was cold since I’d run out of propane at about 1:30. I tried to look out a window, but they were all iced over. I decided to stay … Continue reading

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Now I Really Am an Accidental Tourist

I rode out of Flagstaff toward Sedona, which my mother had visited recently. It was supposed to be a cute little town, and it was. I stopped and had some breakfast. I poked in a few shops, but was still … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Cactus

After a couple days hanging out in Phoenix, my host, like so many people I have visited, had to go to work. I decided that rather than watch TV all day as I had in LA, I would venture out … Continue reading

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Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona: check

It was time to get moving again, and I was headed to Santa Fe to see a friend who’d moved there from Knoxville. My first stop was Winslow Arizona. Here is the obligatory picture of me standing on a corner. … Continue reading

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Petrified

When I was a kid my grandmother and uncle took a trip out west in my grandmother’s VW bug. I remember stories about their going to the petrified forest, so I went. It’s pretty wild. A bunch of trees got … Continue reading

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Of Missiles and Birds

I spent a couple days in Santa Fe with some friends from Knoxville. It was a nice visit with several nice meals in their home and eateries in Santa Fe. I mostly went back into my homebody mode. I was … Continue reading

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The Birds

I awoke shortly after five. In the morning. I had to get to the wildlife refuge before the birds got up. I was actually pretty excited. The birds I had seen the night before were pretty cool and I was … Continue reading

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Billy the Kid and Smokey the Bear Lived Here

After I saw the birds eating their breakfast, I thought that I should do the same. I stopped at a little tiny store and decided that I should also buy gas, as this part of New Mexico is full of … Continue reading

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They Don’t Call it a Cavern for Nothing

By the time I got Walden moving Fred and Ethel were already off putting on a roof or whatever it was they were to do that day for Habitat for Humanity. I’d met them the day before at a local … Continue reading

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Really, I Remember the Alamo

Sleeping on the street in Nowhere, Texas (OK, fine. It was Ozona, Texas) by the Sonic got a bit chilly because I ran out of propane. I want to get moving, as San Antonio is a rather long way from … Continue reading

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Houston, I Have No Problem

This day’s plan was to drive the two hundred or so miles from San Antonio to Houston. Having gone to bed pretty early, I managed to get up and out of my overpriced hotel by nine. The friend I was … Continue reading

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In Which I Meet Real Hobos

I awoke in Houston in the posh hotel room supplied by an old friend. It was a pretty long way from Houston to New Orleans, about 350 miles, and I wanted to get an early start. A little way out … Continue reading

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