Everything can be taken from a person but the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. — Victor Frankl
We can’t cling to what we have and still be ready with open hands to receive what we want, and as sad as it is to see things end it would be still sadder if things never ended and changed.
When you follow your bliss,
doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.
After a winter spent selling the house, I think we are about to wrap this thing up. We close on the 28th and then take off with a large truck full of possessions. Almost everything will be staying in the in-laws garage in Mo. My daughter-in-law and I will then head out, each with a car filled with a carefully selected assortment of personal and household goods, to their new apartment in SE Portland.
And that is why I have to go back
to so many places in the future,
there to find myself
and constantly examine my life
with no witness but the moon
and then whistle with joy
ambling over rocks and doors of Earth
with no task but to live,
with no family but the road.
— Pablo Neruda
I’ve been watching a lot of videos lately; 3-5 a day. Lots of documentaries, Coehn brothers, and Christopher Guest. I watched a documentary last night called ‘Cinemania’ , about these strange people that watch movies all day every day. I guess I may be becoming a videomanic….I’m ready to move on to something different.
Kevin Kelly — Cool Tools Cool site of cool tools
I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries lately: There is sequel out to the documentary “The Selling of a Serial Killer” It’s called ” Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer”. It takes the story up to her execution. Sad but a good documentary.
I also recommend “Spellbound” a documentary about the national spelling bee.
Another documentary was “A Class Divided” it’s an update and includes original footage from ” The Eye of the Storm” a documentary about a 3rd grade teacher that divides her class by the color of their eyes to teach them about racial hatred. It’s available online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/etc/view.html
Quote of the day —“Forget the harvest. As much as you seek, that’s how much you’ll be obstructed. Don’t seek Enlightenment. Just bow.” it was from an article about these two monks that walked 800 miles. Every third step they got down on thier knees and bowed. Monks
I’m in Florida, now, helping to sell my son’s house. http://tampa.craigslist.org/rfs/51534576.html
My ankle is still swollen and doesn’t feel right. A doctor told me it will be a year before it’s right. Most of the stuff I’m reading say it won’t be right till the hardware is removed.
I have been hanging out in the Northwest waiting for my box of maps to catch up to me. My tent is now fixed as is my sleeping bag, and pants. I have a new pack, flashlight, hat and music player. Some days a feel alot better. Some days not. I will problally hike around for awhile while I wait for my box to get here. My sister said she would take me to the trailhead.
After being sick for a month, I have left NM and headed north. I hope some rest and antibiotics will heal me. If I get feeling better I will start hiking south from Waterton Lakes.
I finally made it to the CDT. I have spent the first two weeks sick and lost most of the time. I’m really happy to have a GPS and wouldn’t want to do this trail without one.
The solitude and quiet on this trail have been great. It’s like having the whole world to my self. I’m hiking slow and not at all worried about finishing. What I don’t get this year I will get another year. I’m just enjoying the “trail”. I say “trail” cause it’s not really a trail like the PCT and the AT are. You just sort pick a route, try to follow it and if you get lost just pick a direction and follow that.
I might start hiking south after the snow melts because I’m having a really hard time following Jim Wolfs’ guides going north.
The water is the worst I have ever drank. Green stagnate cow troughs with feathers and bugs floating in it. The water is thick like there is a lot of saliva in it.