Arrival

Usually when I travel, I’m both glad to go away, and glad to come home. My trip to Maine was no different, except that my home is now a brand new place. The road trip lasted a little over three months, and while it was plenty fun, it was also far from smooth. It definitely felt like a lot of work just to arrive at the start of a journey. …

Incubating

The timing of my move from Portland, Oregon and onto my new land in western Maine is complicated a bit by the time of year. As even a casual perusal of the climate data will show, arriving in Maine at the beginning of February and breaking ground on anything would be a futile exercise. …

Translation

For any folks that have ever lived off-grid, or perhaps those of you that have done extensive camping, this post might be a real snoozer. But, if your experience of surviving as a human has only revolved around your modern home, take a moment to think about this: how would you handle things if all the standard life-support features of a (sub)urban living situation (running water, sewage, electricity, gas, etc.) were not available? How would you translate these needs? …

The Look Before the Leap

Sometime around age 10, during a trip to our community’s ‘wave pool’, I got my first look at a ten meter diving platform. Other kids were marching up the soggy stairs and leaping gleefully into the water below, and I wanted to, too. It looked fun. So I got in line, climbed to the top and looked over the edge, and all of a sudden it didn’t seem like such a good idea any more. …

Inventory

It’s a worthwhile habit, prior to any long trip, to start with an inventory of goods. And while I’ll need plenty of material items to pull off this hard turn Eastward, they don’t seem nearly as important to assess as the strengths and shortcomings I’ve accumulated. What good physical, mental, and emotional tools have I acquired, and where do I fall short, potentially screwing myself? …