This Working Man Day 46

Internet and cell service (and time!) have been spotty at best, but don’t let my silence fool you – I’ve been busy!
Filming with an arborist in Oregon was a highlight of the week. He rigged me up to climb high into the tree in order to film him at work. It was a thrill. Later I joined him and his friends for a delicious curry in his electricity-free cabin on a farm above town. We sat up late, drinking homemade Kombucha, chatting by oil lamp about Western medicine and world travel.

Spent a day with a rancher in Northern California – a real traditionalist. Perfect penmanship and a slow drawl, augmented by an impeccable mustache and a penchant for honesty, made for a true pleasure of a day. We sat in the shade of his porch, listening to him talk about ideas, humans and legacy, playing music and reading entries from his rancher’s log. When we heard the meal bell ring, he invited us to stay for “dinner” (lunch) and we joined a bunch of his crew for some hardy grub.

Finally made it to the Pacific coast!

Spent a short day in SF with a few friends and then turned South. I didn’t make enough time for it, but I raced through the Walt Disney Family Museum – it was AMAZING. I can’t wait to go back.

I spent the night on the roof of my car, watching the meteor shower in between the passing fog. I could hear the elephant seals bustling about through the night and in the morning, I hiked along the coast to catch them lounging in the morning mist. I had never noticed how prehensile their flippers were! Astonishing!

In LA, I met with my best friend and we drove back up along the coast a bit, treasure hunting along the beaches and catching up. It was blissful.

Darin arranges our scavenged rainbow of rocks


Will start the trek back to the East Coast tomorrow. Since I’m running out of time, it looks like I will be skipping nearly all of the South. I’m still looking for contacts in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, but past that, I think I will have to wait… Perhaps a second road trip some other time…

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