Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Sunday, June 28, 2009

day to think about age

I wrote this yesterday, "It’s my 62nd birthday and we are at Lake Almanor, with the veggie voyager tucked in so only the no-see-ums can find us. I waded my way through the watering at home and Farmers Market so we were able to head out of town at about noon. It’s a week since our CSA retreat ended and the emersion of my awareness in the sense of universality still continues. "
Today we discovered how to access the lake at Westwood, reached by dirt tracks and then a short jaunt through the reeds. It was gorgeous! We paddled a long way and got too much sun but the place was alive with birds, dragonflies, frogs and butterflies. The camera couldn’t capture them well but they were still a feast for the senses.

On Saturday we paddled the north side of lake Almanor and tried a swim through the weeds, algae and duck puckies. It was in the low 90s here but in the low 100s at home. Where we were there are springs but the lake is definitely trying to become a meadow. The waterfowl are lovin’ it. I was surprised to hear sandhill crane and see bald eagle and white pelican out here. The ducks do a version of “thriller” that I think M. Jackson would have liked.

It is nice to have a birthday relatively anonymously and have spread out coupling celebrations of shared meals with end of our work year summary things in the rear view mirror. As I look around I’m way overweight and not moving well. Gotta find some discipline in the year ahead or I’ll meet some misery before long. Too much richness is as bad as not enough. Gotta apply that stated consciousness to something besides gawking at what I find gorgeous.

And there's so much that is gorgeous to rave on about isn't there?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Solstice Meditations

Lovely Lotus, smooth faced and untroubled.
Stream of our lives still flowing.
We are three days into a Complete Self Attunement retreat. Today was the summer solstice and tomorrow is Father’s Day. I shall mark all of it sitting with my eyes closed and with openness to a larger space. I did miss the day and I do miss my dad who died over eight years ago. All the unique thoughts and feelings of the last few days have made me feel much more creative with lots more potential but also more fragile to the “real world” and its over stimulation.

Enjoy some photos.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another Great Loop

A dark wall of intensely gray cloud has moved in to quiet the sun dancing here at Woodson Bridge County Park on the Sac. We’ve stopped to cook some ravs before heading the last bit to home, unhungry.

We did an enormous 50 gallon veggie loop, picking up 120 gallons. We visited our friend Jan in Medford, hooked back to Crescent City to do a Cancer Detection Program training, then south, through lots of Elk country, to Arcata to do a training. We also got to visit friends Angela, Ray, Lin and Jet in Bayside. Then on to another training in Willow Creek, visited friends Susan, Robert and Austin up Friday Ridge Road. Then we cut up Hwy 96 to do trainings with Yurok Health in Weitchpec and Karuk Health in Orleans. After that, we headed off the Klamath east on the Salmon River. Last night we camped where East and South Forks merge. I found an obsidian point and loved that I was able to touch the sharp napp of it before nestling it back into its history. We came back through Weaverville into big rain clouds that are still moving along through the valley now.

(This was a wee hike we took up Black Butte. Here the "trail" looks out to Mt. Eddy.)

It’s been a good week. Weezie turned 60 with a rousing and moving party at the grange then a quiet brunch the next day. Love and Lively Living Life to her in this wonderful decade of being the wonderful person she is.