Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

My New Tramp Name

Something pretty special happened to me this past weekend, and it was so special, that I almost didn’t notice it happened. I finally received a bona-fide tramp name. Bones christened me “Captain”. When he first started calling me “Captain”, I must have dismissed it in my mind because – over the years – many friends have given me many one-off Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Managing Water

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. The Molecule We Take for Granted Save for the air we breathe, there is no substance more critical to our survival than water. For those of us in the developed world, water reliably pours out of our faucets – on Read More …

Impossible Choices and Dilemmas

I wish I didn’t have to choose between my friends and finding a better home. Here’s my fantasy. I’d take my closest haunt friends here in Green Bay plus everyone I met last summer on the road and form a punk community out in the woods, where I’d live out the rest of my life happily ever after. I think Read More …

Cold Weather Challenge

With the “Forgotten States Road Trip” I’ve got planned in March, I will be returning to Ottawa for the third time in 30 months. The first time was in September 2016 as part of the Salem trip. The second time was a stand-alone trip in May 2017. Cold Nights One of the things I remember from last spring’s trip was freezing Read More …

The “Forgotten States” Road Trip

Despite my trepidation, I have more or less resolved to move out west in 2018. I’m even in the process of discussing ways for me to get out of my lease early with the landlord. It will not be easy leaving my friends behind. But if I remain here, I will only remain bitter. Better off getting a fresh start Read More …