Wednesday, August 07, 2013



Laurie, of course, is my next door neighbor---here on her way to give a concert in Flagstaff as part of her WHAT WOULD LOVE DO TOUR.  She's in the forest because it allows her to fulfill her passion, purpose and mission.

Left to right ---Bob--a writer/philosopher---Laurie--Gloria, a home school teacher who does her work online from here in the forest and  CB a retired engineer--he's here for the cool and cool company of us.

This lady is in the forest escaping the tyranny of rent and the cacophony of civilization.
Here, CB tries to engage her---without success. She lives alone in the forest in this old and needy rig---twice we rendered assistance but she never warmed up.  Perhaps she is unstable. 

Dan lives in the forest because he loves it---and it supports  his several hobbies---fitness and tennis.  (He rigs a "net" to practice his serve---marks off a "court" for accuracy)  I found him delightful, thoughtful and social.  He waits alone is this obscure spot for his girlfriend of many years to join him. Of course he too is here to escape the heat---enjoy the cool 7000 ft elevation. 

This was the best hidden of all the rigs I happened upon.  As I approached, its owner said "hello Randy".  Turns out we've met hundreds of miles away.  Let's call him "Ron"---the most self contained personality I've ever met---says he prefers living alone ---spends his time reading----only changes locations twice a year--from hot to cool---and from cold to warm in the winter.  He found this happy glade 6 years ago and returns every summer.  Necessary travels to town for supplies and more books is done by motorcycle.  He's in the forest for privacy and quiet solitude.
This guy is in the forest because it's free and cool and lovely.
Meet Chris---a flamboyant---charismatic--tattooed forest dweller who somehow draws people around him.  Four of his friends joined him in a lively camp.  That small tent on the right is occupied by a strange young lady they found wandering around at a truck stop.  CB was worried about her---maneuvered a private chat with her and was assured they are treating her well.

Chris shows off his tattoos---even has them on his face----without the slightest self consciousness about them. 

Laurie and I visit their camp and satisfy ourselves that all is well.  They are in the forest because it's a cool and free place to while away the summer.
One of the all-time great guys--Dave.  Here completing a  transmission job for a friend and refusing pay. (even so the guy bought him a metal detector) Dave replaced my shocks and told me to "pay it forward"----and I will Dave.  Have a look at his well engineered van here:
Meet Cheri (rt) showing off her brand new flute skills---having just gotten a lesson from Laurie.  She lives in her van---teaches jewelry making to several classes each year---enjoys her freedom and mobility.
What's inside this trailer would surprise you.  It is headquarters for an influential, world wide inspirational campaign for sensible, sustainable living. Bob Wells creates and operates from this hidden spot in the forest. Often, several people will live in his vicinity to be near him. He's the originator of and  

Here he is with his beloved dog Homer.

An unhappy couple from Wyoming lives here---he fell ill and was hospitalized--she soldiered on in the forest.  We helped her locate near us for comfort.  They rely on social programs for food.  They are in the forest because they cannot afford rent--even at a trailer park.

That is yours truly's rig---precisely located to get whatever sunlight is available to re charge my batteries. I'm in the forest because I love the cool --the clean--the free and splendid company of my fellow travelers.

Just to the South of me is CB's rig---stuck in the mud and the local guys conferring about the best way out. I do not know why CB is in the forest---he has the resources to live anywhere on earth. I will pause and go ask him.-----He said that he enjoys it here and that it points a way toward his overarching value of a low consumption lifestyle.
He believes that he and the world can have a good quality lifestyle consuming much less.
And as I'm writing this---who should arrive but Mr Simplify himself----a living embodiment of CB's philosophy. His thousands of fans will immediately recognize Glenn Morrissette author of the blog Hopefully he will stay a few days with us. 

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  SO THERE YOU HAVE IT: A FAIR SAMPLING OF FOLKS CURRENTLY IN THE FOREST---some tortured souls running away from something----some courageous souls polishing their spirit in the greenery. Everyone needs a place to BE-----We are lucky in the West to have such abundance of lovely places to be 


Nancy1340 said...
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Nancy1340 said...

Please change that address and delete my first reply.
I'm not very happy about this and don't know what caused it but we have never exchanged emails so there should be no way you would have that link.

Shadowmoss said...

I believe it is just a link to be able to send an email to the specified person. I don't have a Yahoo email account, but I can see how if you do and you are signed in it would take you to your own page. It is only on your computer, not everyone else's, that your personal email would show up.

yobobe said...

Randy, thanks for the tour. I miss you guys! I've sold my van and am currently back in Florida hunting for a new one. Hope to see you guys soon.

Jool said...

Great post as always! Always interesting to see the 'other side' of vagabonding. A question though: is there a limit on how long one can remain parked in one site?
Enjoyed your Sondheimer series also. Keep up the good posts!

Nancy1340 said...

Shadowmoss, I'm hoping you are right but the link should take me to Dave's page/photobucket/photos...something showing his van. Why would it take me to MY email page?

Would someone please click on it and see what they get? If you look at the address it says yahoo mail in it.

I don't mind someone having my email address but not full access to my email account. Then everyone would know how much I order from Fredricks of Hollywood........just kidding. LOL Is Fredricks of Hollywood still around? snicker, snicker

AT&T has been screwing around with the email pages and it seems to not be a good thing.

Jool said...

Nancy, I clicked on the link and it took me to my own yahoo email page.

Nancy1340 said...

Thanks Jool.
Hopefully Randy will check in soon and correct the link. If he can.

Linda Sand said...

The link took me to my yahoo page as well; not yours.

Thanks for the tour Randy. I look forward to meeting more of the group this winter.

Nancy1340 said...

Linda, for some reason if anyone is are logged into their email account it will show up when they click on the link Randy posted. If they are logged out it will just show the log-in page.

Whatever the problem is it is not taking us to Dave's photos of how his van is set up.

Nancy1340 said...

Oh Yay! Thanks Randy. :-)

Randy said...

Sorry Nancy 1340---I've called in Laurie---received a bit of schooling---and corrected the problem. Also deleted your first response as requested.
Jool---the official stay limit in any Natl Forest is 2 weeks.

Ms. Minimal said...

Thanks for an awesome roundup of your fellow forest dwellers. I found your blog through Glenn's. Nice addition to my reading list.

Ms. Minimal

jud said...

Yikes! aren't you going "nah-nah nah-nah nah-nah" at the NF rangers on behalf of those whose pics/names you posted in this blog? scary stuff imo

Randy said...

Thank you Jud for raising this issue---I should have covered it in my post. All or most of these people are legitimately in the forest---it is permitted to camp there---for 2 weeks at a time. Then you must move. Some don't but most do. It is a generous and reasonable rule---prevents people "homesteading" public land.