There is plenty to put up here but you’re not going to get any juicy stuff right now. My not-so-feeble excuses:
I just moved
I’m leaving on a six-week road trip on Sunday
My computer has been in for repairs (I dropped a heavy laser on the display. For real.)
As a consolation prize you win an excerpt from a cool book that I’m reading,
“Doc and Llama are on their second thru-hike of the AT. They did the PCT the same year as Ken and Marcia. They are in a small sect of thru-hikers that could be dubbed “career hikers.” During the off-season, Doc does landscape work and Llama waits tables. These aren’t jobs with “a future”; they’re jobs that will fund their next adventure.
People living normal lives are ruffled by folks like Doc and Llama. Nonconformity is an affront to those in the mainstream. Our impulse is to dismiss this lifestyle, create reasons why it can’t work, why it doesn’t even warrant consideration. Why not? Living outdoors is cheap and can be afforded by a half year of marginal employment. They can’t buy things that most of us have, but what they lose in possessions, they gain in freedom.
In Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, lead character Larry returns from the First World War and declares that he would like to “loaf.” The term “loafing” inadequately describes the life he would spend traveling, studying, searching for meaning, and even laboring….
Self-help books emphasize “defining priorities” and “staying focused,” euphemisms for specialization and stifling spontaneity. Our vision becomes so narrow that risk is trying a new brand of cereal, and adventure is watching a new sitcom. Over time I have elevated my opinion of nonconformity nearly to the level of an obligation. We should have a bias toward doing activities that we don’t normally do to keep loose the moorings of society.”
Time to make my Utah packing list…