more photos from our first journey…


more photos from our journey…

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what i learned from our journey…

i learned to prepare for everything. bring tarps and scotchguard seats. haul charcoal and coffee to absorb odor. bring paper towels, baby wipes, two cases of water, extra dog food.

i learned to avoid areas that get absolutely no reception. i am so happy that i listened to my gut and wrote out a list of my meds and emergency contacts and had my advanced directive with me.

i learned to keep a list of friends and contacts on me for areas that i may be travelling through, as to go and visit and possibly stay.

i absolutely know to have buggs completely vaccinated and have all of my meds with me.

i know that i am at my most vulnerable when i am tired. when i’m tired emotions come out and reason flies out the window. i don’t care about anything except for buggs when i’m tired.

i made some twenty calls that night from the columbia gorge. r*****d was the only one who answered. yes, he motivated me onward utilizing anger. two of my high school friends replied by text the next day, as did my sister and j**s.

i have to say that i never in a million years expected the kindness, compassion, and all out patience that she demonstrated with me. she was able to talk to me in terms that i easily understood and could apply to myself and my situation. she didn’t fix my problem magically…however she did give me a magic wand…to use to figure out what needed to be done and then i could do it. she listened to me. she supported and encouraged me the whole way there. she gave me ideas, songs, lyrics, jokes, etc. i felt cared for, happy, secure, and special.

yes, i could have made it through this journey without j**s, but i would never have learned as much, valued her input and advice as much, had as much fun, or felt as blessed to have had her with me. she had a way of calming and soothing my spirit. she had a way of connecting with me when i was thinking about her. she is important to me. she is an anomaly.

i have enjoyed having a really good and close relationship with buggs. he was really the reason that i was always alert and aware and awake, because i was finally a “parent” again with the singular purpose of keeping my “child” safe during our journey. i trusted him to alert me to strangers, when sleeping in parking lots and truck stops. he was/is my co-pilot and companion. we will have many more adventures in the future.
we are back in nevada now from our second journey…which was henderson, nv to south lake tahoe, ca to portland, or to puyallup, wa to gig harbor, wa to bremerton, wa to ellensburg, wa to laurel, mt…travelling through six states: nv, ca, or, wa, id, and mt.
on the way back to nevada…our route was laurel, mt to bozeman, mt to west yellowstone, mt to idaho falls, id to salt lake city, ut to cedar falls, ut to overton, nv to henderson, nv…travelling through six states: mt, wy, id, ut, az, and nv.
i have tons of photos to share and go through…and so many stories and adventures to tell from just two journeys…it’s felt like two years shoved into about four weeks…i’ve gotten hurt/sick and healed. i have hiked, walked, carried, moved, hauled, driven, perservered, talked, laughed, cried, explored, adventured, documented, and have seen things of great beauty, mystery, and magic. my breath was stolen on hundreds of occasions.
i haven’t allowed my challenges or depression to stop me or slow me down. with buggs by my side, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. i remember this extraordinary woman once telling me that she may end up resenting me, because i may hold her back or not be able to keep up with her. now i wonder, if she could keep up with me and if she could…i would surely give her that piggy back ride…
photos and stories to come…

photos from the never-ending story adventure…

…still to tired and out of it to write anything that makes any sense, but would like to show you some photos from our never-ending story adventure. we left off in fremont and were headed to walnut creek.

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becoming beatniks…

“beatnik: a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society; broadly :  a usually young and artistic person who rejects the mores of conventional society.” – merriam-webster dictionary

…so, buggs and i, have made the decision to become beatniks. we’ve spent the last few days re-reading, on the road, by jack kerouac. we are pumped and ready to begin our journey of artistic self-expression and rejection of what society thinks/says that we would/could/should be. we are off to “find our true selves.”

during the course of our journey, we look very forward to meeting people from all walks of life and their pets. we will be listening to their stories, asking questions, and asking for their permission to photograph them and re-tell one of their stories.

buggs and i, are resigned to go wherever the road leads us. we will accept whatever person requests us or accepts our bid. we will have fun, enjoy each other’s company, and the company of the other pets and people that we have riding along with us in our car. we will go to places that we’ve both been to and never been to. we will hit roadside attractions and take multitudinous photographs.

we will write about our daily experiences, lessons we’ve learned, and what we are grateful for. we will visit with old friends like: g***e, l***a, n**a, e**k, r***n, j**n, k***y, etc. and, we will visit with new friends like: j**s, r***o, etc. we will truly be on the road and on a perpetual roadtrip.

our exciting adventure begins this weekend. we will be picking up two cats and a chocolate lab in walnut creek, ca and then, we’ll drive to oakland, ca and pick-up two chickens. we will drive our new friends up to spokane, wa and deliver them to their new home.

from there, we will drive to port townsend, wa and pick-up a trained service dog, whom we will be driving back to las vegas, nv with us, where he will be delivered to a disabled veteran. after that, the first week of september, we will meet j**s at lake tahoe and go kayaking on the lake. i will get some really good advice and pointers for working out on the road.

buggs and i, will hit the road again and stop to pick-up a terrier mix in south lake tahoe, ca. we will be driving her to her new home in south hill, wa. from there, we have a few days to hangout.

buggs has never been to the beach before, so, we will head to the beach and take the opportunity to meet with a realtor and spend some time looking at houses by day and having bonfires on the beach at night, being truly free…wind in our hair/fur, warm sand between our toes, and salty lips…just listening to the waves crash, smelling the sea air, watching the stars twinkle, and feeling so very grateful…knowing that the goals and dreams that i’m visualizing, saying out loud, and writing about are manifesting. evidence that i will have what i want and i will.

after two days at the beach, buggs and i , will head to portland, or. we will be picking up a shih tzu and taking her to her new home in st. louis, mo. i think that that will be an interesting drive, because i’ve never driven through that part of the country before, so, i’m very much looking forward to it.

i do know that there are a lot of roadside attractions in the midwest, so, there should be plenty of photo opportunities. also, since i loved iowa so much when i was there this winter, it will give me a chance to see it in the end of summer/beginning of fall. i really look forward to seeing and experiencing it.



…so, here’s the rest of what i’ve got photographywise for this sunday. i’m people watching again and here are some shots from starbucks and the omelette house. and, the odd two out of course is me…me and my bottlecap and my cup of coffee this morning.


…i’m fascinated by them…always have been. i’ve always been able to watch them for hours, as they move around the sky…shifting and morphing into other shapes…merging and disconnecting with others…changing color…and, swelling with raindrops.