Heading out

I’m packed,  I have Halfmile’s maps all printed out and all his waypoints loaded onto my GPS.

I have my map drops figured out—–Carry with me maps from Ashland to Drakesbad, send box to Drakesbad Ranch with 2 days of food and maps of Drakesbad to Echo Lake.   Send to Echo Lake, box with Bear Canister, maps from Echo Lake to Kennedy Meadows, stove, vapor barrier.   Send box on at Echo Lake to Kennedy Meadows with maps from Kennedy Meadows to Campo.  Send bear canister home from Kennedy Meadows.

I found someone on Craig’s list looking to do a ride share from Portland to Ashland tomorrow so I may have a ride.   But if anyone knows anyone that is going to Southern Oregon in the next few days let me know— will pay for gas.

What footwear to bring has been a hard one for me.   I bought some hiking shoes and microspikes because I was worried about snow south of Ashland… but the hiking shoes hurt my feet and put a big bruise on the top of my foot.    So I guess what I will be wearing is, bare feet, neoprene socks or Chacos.   I bought a big pair of neoprene socks that fit over my Chacos and tried the Microspikes on while wearing  Chacos— they seem to work but I’m thinking the snow has got to be melted by August so I’m still debating whether to bring the Microspikes.

I hate logistics… can’t wait to hit the trail… I’ve been away to long.

My shinning new computer

After replacing 2 hard drives, 2 mother boards, a memory module, 2 power adapters, a fan, a heat sink, a keyboard, a case lid, 2 power button covers,  and reloading Windows 4 times,  Dell decided to send me a new computer.   They had to “build”  it though and that took 3 weeks.

I just got the new computer, it’s black, shiny, has twice the memory as my old one, a faster processor, twice the storage capacity,  a web cam, a microphone, and is running Windows 7.

I’m grateful for the upgrade but one thing is missing…..no modem.     And since I connect through a dial-up it’s sort of useless to me at this point.   I called up Dell and they said I had to buy an external modem from them.    So that’s on the way, but I’m fixing to leave.

I’m heading out to the trail soon and I can’t wait to leave this computer business  behind me.    I’ve been away much too long.

Another bear

Another bear at my cabin.   This one was a black colored one.   I didn’t get a picture of this one.   This one came first thing in the morning too, like the other one.

He knocked over a box of new car parts I had out waiting for the mechanic that comes to my cabin;  it was a heavy box as there were new shocks and break pads among the car parts.

My neighbor saw a moose in the field by his cabin.    I’ve never seen a moose at my cabin but I found a moose skeleton on my property.

Backwoods sprouting

I’m sprouting at my cabin.  You can sprout even if you don’t have much water–just rinse all your sprouts with the same water and then drink the rinse water.

All you need to sprout is some jars, some seeds, and some thin material to pull over the jars so you can drain them.   Nylon knee highs work great but any thin sock will work.

You don’t need special sprouting seeds.   These are the things I have been sprouting: lentils, raw shelled sunflower seeds, black sesame seeds, fenugreek, broccoli seeds, clover, alfalfa, mung, wheat berries.

  • Start with clean socks and jars.  I boil the socks and then pour boiling water into the jars and let them soak for a few minutes.   I reuse the hot water for drinking.
  • Put some seeds in your jar–it’s okay to mix them.
  • Add water, I add a green tea bag to the water, and let soak overnight
  • In the morning, take out your tea bag, put your sock over the jar lid, and drain water into container.
  • Lay jar on side and prop up the end so any excess  water can drain.
  • Drink the soaking liquid
  • Rinse them again before you go to bed and drink rinse water.
  • Keep rinsing twice a day until the sprouts are the way you like them—about 4days—takes longer if your cabin gets really cold over night.
  • You don’t have to keep them in the dark.  Just keep them out of direct sunlight.

In the winter, I have an idea to put the jars in to an insulated cooler at night with a hot jar of water to keep them warm through the cold nights.

When the Web was new…

Back in ’96 when the World Wide Web was new, my son and I thought it was the funniest thing to see ordinary people have web pages about their lives.

One Sunday afternoon we joked around about setting up a web page for my brother, an alcohol swilling sea urchin diver.

We laughed as we picked out a big background image that would be slow to load and yellow print that would be hard to see, as was custom in those days.

Then we set about to write a poem for the web page. This is that web page– Itcin’ for Urchin 1996 World Wide Web gold.

What’s up.

All winter there has been very little snow and even less sunshine. We are setting records for high temperatures. If there was a record for days without sunshine we would be setting that record too. The gloomy weather is getting me down. The road is a solid sheet of ice that is tedious to walk on so I put chains on all four tires and drive down to the mailbox.

I have to go out and scratch up little patches of snow to make water.

I went to Portland 3 weeks ago to welcome my granddaughter into the world. I’m hoping we will be hiking a long trail together when she is 11.

I have started a Grandma’s book of the month club for her. Well, more like books of the month since she is only 3 weeks old and so far I have sent 11 books. I’ve had a great time reading book reviews on Amazon and picking out books to send her.

My computer is still messed up, but now I have adjusted to life with a screwed up computer; which is too bad because it’s still under warranty. For me, I’d rather get ripped apart by a Grizzly then have to deal with customer service.

So that’s what’s up. I’m hoping life will improve soon or at least get more interesting.


If you read this blog from a blog reader,  you may notice it posted 5 old random posts.  I’m not sure why but probably due to some monkeying  around by me.

I’m not back on the trail nor am I dropping out for a bit.

I have un-monkeyed it and it shouldn’t happen again.

Please excuse crow…..

One morning I got up and I couldn’t connect to the Internet. So I drank my tea and watched the sunrise instead. “This is nice.” I thought. The next day I couldn’t connect again. So, again I sat and drank my tea and watched the sunrise. Then I thought, “Life is more beautiful than the Internet.”

That’s why I haven’t been posting lately. Because of that and because I took a ride from a sick neighbor and got sick.

For awhile I thought I was going to die. Even though I wasn’t that sick and was still walking 5-7 miles a day.

Every time I get sick, I think I’m going to die. I say, “Crow, you’re about to the end of your trail now.”

I think I do it because it makes being sick more of an adventure.

Regular post to resume shortly.

Let go of sentimental objects; keep the sentiment

I don’t know if most people read the comments but Laen left this good tip on parting with sentimental objects:

Taking pictures of stuff is also a good way to throw out stuff.

A couple moves ago, I was moving into a tiny apartment with my now-wife, and there wasn’t nearly enough room for all the stuff I had. As I was digging through it, deciding what could go and what would stay, I found that more often than not, the reason I wanted to keep something was because of the memories attached to it. Without the stuff, I might never think of that memory again, and it would be lost to me.

So, for everything like that, I took a picture of the item, printed it out, and wrote a little summary of the memory on the back. The item could then be thrown out without fear of losing the memory.

I like having the physical photo instead of just a digitized copy because it will last much, much longer than the digital copy will. In 50 years, I could dig through a box of stuff and find the photo and get the memory. Not so with the digital file unless someone spends a lot of effort moving files to new media every few years.

Good hermit rules

I’m always interested in hermits.   When I hear or see one failing,  I look at where they went wrong.   Unsuccessful hermits  say, “I guess I spent too much time alone.”     Solitude is not the the thing to blame.     I know where they went wrong.  They went wrong from not following some basic hermit rules:


This is the most important thing you can do..  Take some time to meditate everyday, look at where you’re headed, and steer yourself in the right direction if you find you have wandered off course

No intoxicants

Awareness is the treasured commodity.  Why would you give up a drop of it.   Besides, hermit life is like being on a trip only you don’t have to give up any awareness to enjoy it.

No Stimulants

The hermit mind is more sensitive.  Give it a bunch of coffee or other stimulants and it can run away from you.

No Pets

Yeah, animals are great.  They also cause problems, tie you down, take time, and are expensive.  More than one hermit has been squashed by their animal empire.

Keep your eyes on your own life

Don’t rail on about government conspiracy theories, chem trails,  plagues, total collapse of the economy,  the end of the world, etc. Just take care of your life and let the rest of the world take of its self.

Be careful of your companions

You would think this would be an easy rule for a hermit to follow but it also means the media that you read and listen to.    For this reason I don’t  use TV, radio, or newspapers.  They’re too negative.

Spend time outside everyday

You need to go outside.   Hermits that don’t go outside  get weird.   The outdoors will enhance your life in every way.


A human  needs exercise to be healthy, no one is exempt.

Don’t let your life become cluttered

Get rid of something everyday.

Clean your living space

A clean and tidy living space will help you stay healthy mentally.


Wash yourself everyday.  Even if it’s very cursory, it makes a difference in your attitude.

Brush and floss your teeth

Bad teeth will make you sick and make it so you can’t eat good food.   It also makes reentry hard.


It feels good and will make you happy.

Seek inspiration

In the same vein as “be careful of your companions”,  seek out something inspiring  everyday.   Look for books from people well on their spiritual path to get inspiration from.

Keep noble silence

Spend some time everyday without  reading, writing, talking, listening to music, or looking at videos.  Just silence.  If you want a great experience, keep noble silence all day, day after day.

Find employment

Everyday find some chore to do like chop wood, wash windows, pay a bill, do laundry, etc.   This will keep your life running smoothly and things won’t pile up on you.

Don’t eat food that is bad for you

I’ve heard of a person achieving enlightenment while eating only nettles but I think if he only had doughnuts to eat he maybe wouldn’t have been so successful.       Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, they’re all connected.  Food that feels more like a drug you should stay away from.

Practice yoga

Yoga is amazing.   It keeps you fit in every way.   Easiest book to learn and practice yoga from:  Richard Hittleman’s 28 day yoga plan

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