Category Archives: adventure

Been In The Woods…

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It’s been over a month since I’ve posted on this blog – I know it’s kind of a sudden change in activity, but life does that kind of thing with me quite often.

Frankly, I’ve been having the time of my life. For the past month I’ve been living in national forests with hundreds of beautiful family members. I’m sure I’ll get to writing about it someday, but right now I’m soaking up the experience.

I may not do much on my blog for a while – I hope that you all stay inspired and true to yourselves. Adventure on!

Hard Day’s Work

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I’ve been having a ridiculously hard time finding “a job” while in Vermont , but the kind people of Chandler Pond Farm have been graciously hooking me up with the sweetest gig ever. Thanks to them, I’ve been helping sell real, happy, yummy veggies and meats to people who wanna buy them. Also, I’m outside the whole time!

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Need I say much more? ;]

Happiness arrives

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Several months ago, I was given a beautiful set of Russian Gypsy fortune telling cards. I use these cards pretty regularly – though the level of my use changes with the phases of my life. Pretty consistently, I’ve drawn a symbol that tells me “happiness will come from far away“. I don’t always realize what it’s referring to, but I know that I was ecstatic to spend somentome with my brother, who lives in NC. He’s a most wonderful soul, and a friend I’m glad to have.

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Nathan with my Uncle Bob at the Wrightsville Reservoir

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Canoe time! I know the photo’s funky, but I only snapped one shot of them holding it. We had a blast –  even made it halfway across the reservoir with the boat back-end forward. It was on purpose, I swear.

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<3 :]

Living Full Circle

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It’s funny how life goes in circles, isn’t it?

I left Vermont on September 15th, with no intention to return within the next few years. Yet here I am, enjoying the familiarity of young adult life in this small town. It’s not all the same, but it’s pretty damn close. And, honestly, I’m pretty okay with that.

On another happy note, the farmer’s markets here in Caledonia County all accept EBT cards! They have this really cool system where EBT funds are exchanged dollar for dollar – I swipe my card, and am given the exact dollar amount that I request in $1 tokens. Of course, there are restrictions to what I can buy. I can’t get non-food items like soaps, candles, alcohol, etc. But I’m able to get the goodies that pique my interest – raw milk, duck eggs/local chicken eggs, veggies, cheese, etc! I don’t have a lot of EBT funds, but it’s nice to know that I can support local farmers with the government’s money. In this particular case, I don’t feel guilty about using governmental benefits. It helps both myself (spiritually, physically and mentally) and the wonderful farms in Vermont!

I have no idea how things are going to unfold during my time here….the mystery always waits until the last second to reveal itself. I guess I don’t mind, though – it always makes for an interesting show ;) With $6 to my name, no place to stay, and bills looming over my head, I can’t wait to see what miracle unfolds. Hopefully we will start working soon! It’s time to be “responsible” (or whatever… :P ) and pay off our car. It’s a hefty price, but I know all will be well. <3

 

Rubber Trampin’

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I gotta say, it feels good to have wheels again. Don’t get me wrong, hitchhiking is a cool experience – but spend 4 months doing it in Florida and you’d probably feel the same. Between the Bible thumpers, judgmental a-holes, and prickly everything, I was ready to pull my hair out by the time we finally got out of the state.

Traveling with a car definitely has its downsides, though.

1) Our little whip isn’t exactly in tip-top shape; we’re going to have to do a pretty fair amount of work to it once we make it to Vermont if we want it to last for a while. Luckily, the only trouble we’ve had so far is a tire blown from dry rot. It was scary at first, but – as always – the universe serendipitously provided!

2) In addition, we now have to come up with cash constantly in order to keep the car fueled and oiled. When we were hitchhiking, it was okay if we ran out of money for a while because we could find other ways to get by. Now, having enough money to travel is a constant concern.

3) It’s also a little harder to find a place to stay on the road. Luckily, crashing in a Wal-Mart parking lot is almost always a surefire option, but it’s still more risky than dipping into the woods on the side of the road.

4) Lastly, we’ve sadly steered away from the responsibility-free lifestyle. We have to find a way to pay off the car, and there’s insurance to worry about every month. A big part of our plan to stay in Vermont this summer stems from our need to make money (sadface) to take care of these responsibilities.

Even though traveling this way is a little harder, I find the positives to outweigh any perceived negatives.

–  We can now be more picky about where and what we eat – instead of being dropped off at a Wal-Mart for ease of hitching, we can sniff out farmer’s markets and natural springs to stock up on REAL food and water.

–  We can also camp at any national forest across the country without a problem. Instead of sticking to highways and highly populated roads, we can take our time exploring the countryside and scenic drives. I feel a lot less restricted traveling in a car of our own; during our hitching months, I struggled to let go my prized sense of independence. It was hard for me to travel on other peoples’ terms – and strangers at that! It was definitely a learning and growing experience.

–  Having a permanent shelter is also kinda comforting. We’ve learned to love the rain, but it’s nice to know that we can keep our backpacks dry without having to run for cover.

–  One of my favorite pros, however, is that we can now be the hitchees instead of the hitchers! Our teeny car is a little full right now with some extra stuff we have to get rid of, but we’ve already been able to give a guy a ride down the road. After having so much trouble hitching, I gotta say it felt pretty good to be able to help someone out in that way!

 

All in all, I’m a pretty happy travelin’ camper (see what I did there?) We’ve made it about halfway to Vermont so far, and have been able to spend time with friends and family along the way. Our drive from southern Mississippi to central North Carolina has been full of adventure – with so much more to come! As usual, I’m pretty excited about what new, wonderful experiences our journey will unfold :) being in a constant state of excitement is so ecstatic…I really do love it. <3

meet Natalia (aka Nat Geo), our little turtle car! She's full of personality and pretty badass. I'm glad to be able to include her on our adventures :)

meet Natalia (aka Nat Geo), our little turtle car! She’s full of personality and pretty badass. I’m glad to be able to include her on our adventures :) also, Raven’s face is pretty priceless.