Archive | July, 2011

A Dollar Saved my Life Today

29 Jul

“The government has given me a number to simplify my birth, my life and death – but still my friends they think I’m awful important like the moon, the sea, the sun, the sky, and breath”- A new Avett Brothers song

So maybe you have been wondering what I am up to since I got home from my adventures, maybe you aren’t, and maybe you are not even reading this. But I am sure mommy still checks on a daily basis.

I was in Hamburg NJ for a weekend, I went to Philly to see Corinner! Donovan! and the animals! I then went to Lambertville, and currently I am back in Philly where we are expecting some severe thunderstorms tonight.

I am back with friends and it feels good. I have missed these people over the last 6 months and to come home to them is wonderful and it makes me feel good. I am not going to lie to you, however, I miss Grace (although having space is nice and we have had minimal communication this week), I miss the road, and I have had some anxiety since I have been back.

I have not decided whether or not to continue the blog, whether to go on hiatus until another adventure, or to keep up on a semi-regular basis. This is what I have been up to…

1. The first day home I did not change out of my pajamas, I exchanged new music with Woodsy for hours, I drank a beer before a time of day when society says its acceptable, and I ate tacos for dinner! It was a good day.

2. I went to the Warwick, NY farmer’s market where I instantly felt a twinge of sadness and jealousy. I wanted to be part of the market and not just a customer looking around. I got a free apple though.

3. I went to see Mike in Lambertville, NJ. We went on an awesome bike ride and shortly after I decided I wanted to relocate to Lambertville at the beginning of next year. More to come.

4. I am in back in Philly where I have been laying low. Today, I decided to go on a walk/run-mostly walk along the Schuylkill River Walk. It was hot as hell and I overestimated my ability to exercise in the middle of a heat advisory. It was only 5 miles yet I felt disoriented, my fingers were swollen and numb, and I couldn’t breathe. Luckily I had tucked a dollar in my shorts and there was someone selling water for 1 dollar. Yikes. I made it home safely.

5. Tomorrow I head back to Jersey, Sunday is “The Gun Show,” and Monday I start work again. Thats it. Way less interesting when I am not traveling the country and farming for no money, right?

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Home x 2

23 Jul

Always remember….

“Don’t piss off the gnomes.”- a random quote from a piece of art we saw along the way. Wise words.

So my situation is an interesting one because I feel like I arrived home twice from this journey. My first arrival home was to Marietta, GA where I saw my friends and family. Grace and I spent a week living like two college students home for the summer with no jobs, no curfew, no money and no direction. It was awesome. We went kayaking, we had a cook-out (which I originally called a BBQ because to me they are the same thing but not to southerners- so sorry for the confusion), we went to Decatur where its greatur, took kickboxing classes, and I got to spend some time with my family- the whole family.

Then the questions started coming from all over- what are your plans? what do you want to do when you get back? where are you living? AHHHHHHHH. The truth is I wanted to answer these questions but I have no idea myself- I have no impressive or solid answer so I tried to avoid theses questions as much as possible.

Yesterday Grace and I drove straight from Georgia to Midland Park NJ. This marked the second ‘coming home.’ We left at 6AM and arrived at 8PM. It was a long ride full of anxieties about coming home, bobbing and weaving, some last minute conversation between Grace and I, and a Jimmy Eat World jam out session.

Then I dropped Grace off, said hi to the parents and Olive and drove away. That was it. 6 months of being on the road together, every minute of the day together, ups and downs and finding things out about yourself together and we were both free from that. It was both scary and liberating.

So now I am setting up shop with some friends for a bit- don’t want to give away my location. I am glad to be back in the East, back in the Northeast and more specifically New Jersey. It is beautiful and I don’t care what the haters say or what ” the Jersey Shore” portrays. I am excited to see my friends too. However, I am missing the road, the uncertainty, the intense moments, learning,  the new friends and experiences, and not having to answer to a real job. I am nervous about routine again, having to make money and pay rent, sitting in one place for to long, etc. I would go back out in a heartbeat- and I just might. Who is coming with me?

“You’re either heading somewhere or you ended up somewhere.”- We Are Augustines

The First National Park I Visit and There is a Big Hole….Figures

9 Jul

“God bless America, lets save some of it.”- Edward Abbey

I am somewhere in the middle of Texas. Actually, I know exactly where I am its Amarillo, Texas. It’s a Luxury Inn and its…nice. There is free internet, a fridge for my Happy Camper IPA (which is dinner tonight) and a TV with HBO-so I get to watch Bill Maher. I can’t complain.

The last three days consisted of 850 miles, 1 national park, 3 states, 2 hotels, 2 breweries, 1 major highway, mixed feelings and endless excitement about seeing the people I miss and love- most likely this means you.

We have departed the cozy confines of Lake Havasu, AZ and have started our easterly drive towards home. Next stop Arkansas, then stop Marietta GA, last stop New Jersey.

So enjoy the pictures…

 

The Grand Cayman?

 

Did I jump? Find out next blog.

 

Double the Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I left my AC Compressor in Upper Lake, CA

4 Jul

What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”- Kerouac

Happy Birthday Amerikuh- but more importantly Happy Birthday Nanny! Although she is not here with any of us she is definitely here in spirit. Her memory lives on through all the gaudy, flashy American flag shirts and outfits, earrings, and decorations. She loved the 4th of July and any chance to dress up in sparkly clothing and accessories. I miss you everyday.

As the farming part of the trip comes to an end I feel less and less motivated to blog. The focus right now is to enjoy the last month of being on the road free from the constraints of mainstream society and the job market. Our plan is to leave Arizona (our current location) on Thursday to see the Grand Canyon- apparently its big or something. We then head through New Mexico and Texas to our 3rd to last destination on the trip- Fayetteville, Arkansas. Next we are on our way to Marietta, GA to see my family and friends grab the stuff that we didn’t take (thank God we didn’t) and head back to New Jersey.

So much has happened since I last blogged, the ups and downs have continued and the locations have consistently changed. I think the best way to do this would be to show you pictures of what has happened since my last blog.

I am not signing off, this probably won’t be my last blog or anything but I want to take the time to thank everyone who has taken the time to keep up with our travels. It has been an awesome learning experience for me both in the farming sense and in the self-discovery sense. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. I also want to apologize for not being completely honest with you. Looking back through my blogs I realized that I made the trip sound care-free and easy. Yeah you heard about our share of problems- broken windows, new car parts, Avett Brothers cancelations and so on- but even those seemed to have an air of humor surrounding them. Truth is, it is a lot harder to write about the true emotions that one experiences on a trip like this. The lowest of lows, the hot afternoons in the fields, meeting people and realizing you don’t know as much as you thought you did about things, discovering you don’t have everything figured out as you once thought, missing people on the east coast, crying then laughing, arguments with your best friend, the anger you feel towards politics, food systems, and government BS, making friends and saying good-bye, and finding out your true weaknesses. I apologize again for the serious nature of this blog but this was my attempt to be more honest with you. This trip was amazing and I would suggest it to anyone and everyone no matter what age.

Whoo that was intense…here are some pictures to lighten the load….

We went to the West Coast

We saw some breweries, Redwoods, and sea glass…..

look ma!

We went to Las Vegas—as Thurston said “they call it Lost Wages- but you don’t have any haha”

the lady taking the picture was confusing us...can you tell

We saw the Hoover Dam and beat the heat at lake havasu AZ

the Monkey Wrench Gang would be pissed!

london bridges falling down? I sure hope not.

it got close to 120…yikes

Thats all for now. More pics to come in person.

Grace- we have been through a lot (thats two words, right?) together, thanks for having this experience with me.

And I couldn’t choose between two Kerouac quotes…so here is one more..

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.” — its blue and I don’t care. Wise words from the road.