Saturday, December 31, 2022
End of the Year Statistics
Thursday, December 29, 2022
How You Eat?
That was the question.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Having Little to Nothing
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
I Got In Trouble
When we got back from that shopping trip last week Dad went outside to straighten up the table and chair he ran into. Well he left the slide on the screen door open, so guess what I did? Yep. I jumped up and out. Boy, was he ever upset with me. He was saying may name in his loud voice telling me NO! Beans NO! I thought I better stop right where I was. Then I ran under our home. Well that didn’t please him much. The screen door was shut. Where else could I go? Gee, at least I didn’t go down into the creek bed like I was going to do. Finally he got smart and left the screen door open and I darted back inside.
She’s jumped up through that hole before. I just forgot to slide it shut like I usually do. I’m glad she’ll stop when I tell her to, but the sad part is when she was inside she’s all cowed down with her ears laid back. I have never hit her but I suspect the people who had her before did and so that is why she cowers when she knows I am upset with her. Makes me feel real bad so I then talk softly and pet her.
Monday, December 26, 2022
We had to make the trip into town last Friday to pick up our Christmas packages.
First stop the Post Office.
Good, no one here.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Christmas in the Desert
Friday, December 23, 2022
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Why a Nomad?
I received the question “What inspires some to be nomads?”
Well these are just my thoughts.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Oh That Beans!
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Gunsight Wash, Why, Arizona
This was our nearest neighbor for a few days. I had never seen one of these before. Naturally I was curious, mainly about where do you sleep? One day I caught the owner sitting outside on the tailgate.
Monday, December 19, 2022
After composing yesterdays blog post a couple days later another of Eva’s video’s showed up. YouTube keeps taunting me. It was titled “It all went wrong...roll over?” Okay, I thought I would be brave and try to watch that. What I didn’t know was it takes place in Baja California just recently. She organizes a trip down Baja with two other vehicles. I throughly enjoyed watching the video, doing so with the biggest smile on my face, totally opposite from before. Why? See, I had done the exact same thing myself.
I organized a expedition down the Baja Peninsula with five other Land Rover owners. Her group travels the same route we did. They encounter the same “adventures” as we did. She almost puts her Rover on its side. Well I actually did it. There was a lot of getting stuck and a lot of winching involved. I broke an axel shaft, another had her differential go out. There were leaking radiators, fuel pumps and other mechanical issues, all of which we were able to repair and continue on. When you own a Series Land Rover, you carry lots of spare parts.
Two guys went out one night to eat lobster and shrimp. They got sick and had the scoots the following day. We made a lot of stops that day so they could run off into the desert to take care of business. One guy was so fearful of the food all he ever ate once crossing the border were MREs (meals ready to eat -military meal packets) that he had brought with him.
That stop in the video she makes waiting for her friends looked like the same place we stopped to get fuel. Went to use the restrooms. The commodes were plugged up, piled high above the rim with poop. What to do? We walked around behind a low cement fence surrounding the area. Looked like hundreds of others had done the same. Toilet paper and piles lined the fence line.
She pulls up to a military checkpoint. I remembered doing the same. The guy sees my banana. “No fruitas!” He wanted me to hand it over. “I’m not giving you my banana. I’ll just eat it.” and I sat there peeling my banana and ate it in front of him. He gave up and waved me on through.
Seeing the dog I remembered picking up a dog out in the middle of the desert and taking him along with us to the nearest village about ten or so miles distant. Seemed he lived there, and had wandered off. The owner couldn’t have cared any less I brought his dog home.
We all had great fun and it proved to be the most memorable trip ever for all involved.
I have no photos. I didn’t have a digital camera then, just a film camera. I didn’t keep a journal. I had no blog, no computer, no cellphone. I remember typing up the proposal for this trip on a word processor and mailing it out to Land Rover friends. No Email. Five accepted the challenge.
If you want to see what I/we experienced on that trip down Baja, watch Eva’s video. Link below. It differs so very little from our adventure back in the early 1990’s. And you can see where the seed of what I do today was planted, back when I bought that first old Land Rover in 1983.
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John, below is a link to Sarah’s channel. I put in the video where where she tells of her horrible childhood, generally overall shitty life which is why she is on this journey of healing as a nomad at the age of 41. That part of her channel begins at two months ago with We are off. I haven’t watched any of her earlier videos.
Sunday, December 18, 2022
On Being Thankful and Grateful
There is a YouTuber, Eva zu Beck who travels all around in her Land Rover Defender, a modern day version of what I used to have. I cannot watch her videos. Oh, they are well made, high quality, like professional grade docementary. It is seeing her Land Rover that bothers me. I miss that life terribly.
My first Land Rover the short wheelbase model. A 1971 vehicle
Later that afternoon while I was trying to read, trying to clear those thoughts from my mind, a comment came in on a recent blogpost, from a follower I had never heard from before. She wrote:
My old Land Rover had no power steering, no power brakes, no air conditioning, very poor heating and was a beast to wrestle about. I was shifting constantly, depressing a stiff clutch assembly. And I loved every bit of it. Towards the end of those twenty-one years of ownership I was beginning to feel the exhaustion after a day of driving. It was time for a change. By the way, Eva’s Defender has power assist everything along with A/C but that wouldn’t change anything to the good for me now.
The commenter went on to say where she lived and her appreciation for the natural setting and wildlife around her. Sounds like she lives I an ideal location.
There is another YouTuber I follow who lives that adventurous life out of her Jeep Wrangler. I follow her channel. I can watch her videos. She is in a Jeep. Not a Land Rover. On a recent video she laments about leaving her tent behind. Why? “Because it is so difficult to change clothes in the Jeep. I wish I had my tent for that reason only.” I thought about it. Yep, she’s right. I remembered how difficult it was to change clothes in the Rovers. Everything was difficult in the Land Rover compared to what I have now.
So it is the visual of seeing the Land Rover in Eva’s videos that prevents me from subscribing to her channel. Maybe someday.
If interested, here is a link to Eva’s video on the Loneliest Highway in America, the video that put me into a funk. Thank you Becky for setting my head straight with your comment.