The 1 with the normal hair actually became a good friend of mine for a while and I would credit for getting me deep into the gardening/farming scene. His dad had a nice little farm 30 minutes from Richmond where I started spending a lot of time learning about vegetables and more specifically Shiitake (and all things) mushrooms. We inoculated probably around 1,000 shiitake logs for what we were hoping to kick off as a mushroom company, but unfortunately he wasn’t the most highly organized person at the time so that didn’t pan out. But it was still a great educational experience over the next couple years of helping him on and off and led me to pursue gardening/farming/permaculture on a countrywide basis.
1 of many no sleep mornings in my life after at a local “burn” based off Burning Man called Mayhem in Wilmington NC, hallucinogens and burning large wooden objects being the main objective. Safety level 100.
I made friends with a bartender who was going on an extensive cross country road trip and invited me to come along so of course I figured why not… It seemed to be quickly becoming a habit, perhaps even an addiction, but compared to my “previous (earlier) life” there were many worse decisions I could have been making instead.
This is when I was officially introduced to and signed up on a website called Couchsurfing (https://www.couchsurfing.com/). I had heard murmurings of it for the last couple years, but never really took the time to explore it. With my lifestyle at the time it soon became one of my favorite and most useful website for years to come, which I still use periodically to this day. It is pretty well known by now and considered to have “sold out”, but for those who don’t know it is a website for travelers. Friendly people put their couch or spare room up as available and if they are free to host you when you are passing through town they will accept if they feel so inclined. Usually basing the decision on your message and profile, which has references left on your page by people you have hosted or surfed with. Basically a yelp review for vagabonds.
We also stopped through Milwaukee for a night, stayed with another Couchsurfer and went to watch a great reggae band called Groundation.
There was actually quite a bit of chaos along this trip and among some of the people I was with in California so I headed back east briefly to refill the funds and find a new adventure.
Caught a Craigslist ride to Phoenix then hopped in the car with my friend I’d met in Richmond a year or so ago and he drove me up to Sedona. I stayed with my teacher from massage school briefly then went up to Flagstaff for a bit.
Sedona Arizona is definitely up there on the top list of unbeatable sunsets I’ve laid my eyes upon…
Amtrak may possibly be 1 of the best ways to see the country side, unless you have someone chauffeuring you around the countryside at your convenience and you can just look out the window all day.
Caught a train to Chicago and stayed there with friends, then hopped 1 more to Richmond and once again it was back to the drawing board.