Blog 13 – Everyday is like a new adventure
The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–
YES, YOU CAN > >
- Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!
- Live with little money and still have an excellent life.
- Be able to live life getting very little sleep.
- Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!
- See experiences that will add to and make your life better.
- I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.
- Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?
Design the life you want to live, now, then live that life.
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The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.
Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderfulplaces and people.
With this blog I want to help open your mind to more of the splendor of the world.
I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
I will have secrets to unfold and good news!
I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me.
This is blog 13, so I have out here living in my van, traveling and writing to you for at least 13 weeks, hard to imagine. I am glad you are with me. Remember, if I am on my way anywhere near you let me know, I would love to visit.
March 30, 2019—Here goes yet another Kit Blog. Each time I do not where the words will come from, but somehow they do, too many sometimes.
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Last night was spent at another Walmart. In the back there was a place to park under the trees, I was the only one there, very nice.
I saw on the map there was a continuance of De Soto National Forest to the north. On freecampsites.net there was a site to stay out, although hard to get to. I started down the dirt road and it looked too scary for me, so back to the main road.
I did discover there was another campground to be found, which I did. Totally full, no room for me. Mainly big rigs, still not sure what to think of them, is it really camping?
So, back to Bigfoot Horse Camp, the place where my van battery died. It felt weird to be there again, like the van might go bad again, but I like the area.
But, the cold came in, could not work on juggling outside or ride my unicycle, too cold. I had arrived at about 1pm, so I would have many hours until sleep, I decided I would just be wasting my time staying, so I departed. Back to another Walmart further south.
The van was loaded up with wood for the fire, yet I made way through it to sleep last night. At Bigfoot, I unloaded all the wood for the next person camping here. You’re welcome.
I cannot believe how MANY churches are in the area. On one street, in less than a mile, I saw at least seven places of worship. How can so many churches be supported and continue to lie to people? (sorry if those words bother you, I am an atheist, after all.)
3-31-19—Sunday again. As I was driving forward I came upon another church. This one looked nice, Sunflower Baptist Church in Bossier City, LA. I had time to spend, so I decided to join them. Each time I attend a church service I try and hear words that will let me know how and why so many people believe. I still have not heard the right thing.
I arrived at about 9am, saw the service starts at 10, so I decided to wait and see how the service is.
Here is the schedule for their day >>
10am-noon, preaching and singing.
Noon until 1pm, a big lunch for the whole group.
1 until ?, don’t know, I left after lunch, but I believe (should I say those words, “I believe” around a church?) it went on until the evening. Now, that’s some dedication to God belief.
I have never believed in any god, it interests me how people do. In fact, I’ve lost friends when I question their beliefs.
There is a set of questions that NO one has been able to answer adequately for me, can you?
If you are a believer in the God of the bible.
Or, if you are a believer of Allah, the God of Islam.
Or, any of the other Gods, please answer these questions >>>
- Exactly “what” do you believe and WHY do you believe it?
- Without referring to the bible or quran in any way, give me five believable proofs for your God.
- Please give me fine “reasons” I should believe in your God. Once again, without referencing the bible book of quran in any way.
Will you be the first who can answer my questions, if so, please do.
Went back to another Walmart I have stayed at before to sleep the night away.
April 1—I give up, I am just going to stop driving and writing, this is going nowhere and I am so frustrated (HA, April Fools.) I was going to take a slow time getting here, but I arrived in New Orleans.
There was a historical area that I heard was good to see, so I drove there – YIKES, people, traffic, tourists – Just what I don’t like. So I looked on GPS and found a big City Park, much better.
It just turned three in the afternoon. Typing to on offline on battery power, well, there ya go. A local park is much better for me than any city, a big park is even better.
In the part of the park where I was there were many people, come to walk their dog and walk the trails, very nice. I stayed parked where I was and had a good sleep, until 2am, anyway, my usual wake up time. What to do at that hour? On GPS I found a Walmart, where I expected to be open 24 hours, didn’t open until 6am.
Most McDonalds open at 5am, so off I went to search, found with two miles. 3:43 and in the parking lot now, I was able to get online, even in the lot, I will again when they open.
4-2—I was a tourist today. Kyle was out for the day working, so I took to the streets. There is a juggling group who will be meeting tonight at Washington Square Park, so I drove down and parked across the street from the park.
French Quarter here I come (and I don’t even speak French.) Very touristy, of course. I saw many people there, though, for a Tuesday. I saw many booths, some of which had no people there, at all. I felt sorry for them, then I remembered I used to do the same thing.
At farmers markets and street fairs, I would have my stand selling the salsa I developed. Have you ever seen summerssalsa.com ? I would give free samples, so I always had people there. I used to sell hundreds of my salsa in a day; did quite well.
I did see one hot sauce/salsa place. Looks like they had the hottest. Now, along with my peach/mild, I also made an extremely hot one (many were surprised at how spicy hot it was.) Myself, I only like mild, so never tried the hot-hot. Take a look here >> pepperpalace.com
Like so many older cities in the US, many of the streets and sidewalks here are dilapidated, need much work. When and how a fix can happen is the big question.
Now I am back at the van doing some fixing of things. I looked over at the park, a nice park, but trash here and there that did not look so good. So, I grabbed a couple bags and toured the park picking up trash and making things look nicer.
Yet, I had forgotten that I had put my glasses in my shirt pocket earlier. So, they could be anywhere in the park or already picked up by someone. I had my better pair separate from these, although I liked the lost ones, too. And, I have one more spare pair with me, too. I learned to always put my glasses in my front pant pocket.
Had a nice talk with Liisa today. She let me know that they were having snow they live today. Here, I am wearing my shorts and barefoot, quite nice it is.
Also, since Tina broke up with me, I have been way down at times, yesterday was one of those times. That was all I could focus on—what could I have done so terribly wrong.
I cannot come to any conclusions, so I will have to move on to new things and new people. Do you know of any single ladies who would like to talk?
4/3—Today is the anniversary of the first time I got hit by a truck and went through a 37-day coma, which was in 1982. Not sure how to face it, to celebrate that I lived, or to be angry that I lost my juggling ability and had such a big life-change.
Last night was spent in New Orleans. Yesterday I spent as a tourist, but that was enough. I had to get out of yet another city.
Last night at a meeting of the New Orleans juggling club and I felt good. Only seven jugglers showed up, I did some teaching and also sold three books, so, a good conclusion to the day.
On my way driving out I was just saying to myself—get me outta here. Not that I dislike New Orleans, it is that I had to get out of yet another city.
Through freecampsites.org, found another superb place to sleep. I am the only one around within miles, I am on a river, very quiet. You can see from the photos how remote it is, just the way I like it!
4/4—A rain coming in today, thunder earlier. Sleep was good last night, was laying there until about 5am. I had awoken at midnight, felt wide awake (is there a narrow awake, too?) If I was at a Walmart I would gone inside and gotten online, so, I know I can make myself sleep, but sleep is just not that important to me.
I did a search on my GPS for a McDonalds, one was within 5 miles to the west, so off I went. You have have noticed, most of the McDonalds have upgraded, much. Comfortable seats to sit at, free wifi, outlets to plug into, they even bring your food to you. So, I will be here awhile today—writing my blog, catching up on news, YouTube, too.
Have to admit, I do eat at McDonalds, too. I just buy two different things, in the morning I get the sausage biscuit, at lunch or dinner I get the McChicken.
At this point, I am in no rush to get anywhere. Here is the plan >>
- Driving west into Texas. I want to visit every national park in the US, and I missed Big Bend National Park in Texas, so that is the aim.
- I know there are juggling clubs who meet in Houston, in Austin and San Antonio, so I will be stopping by those groups to do some teaching and sell some books.
- The end of April, beginning of May my friend Daniel Powell will be in New Orleans for a jazz festival, so I will be driving back to meet up with him there.
- Back up to Tennessee for me. I will be going to Bristol to visit my juggler friend, Tommy Curtin.
- After seeing Tommy I will be coming to see you—so watch out!
4/5—Yesterday was spent in another city, yuk, I had to get out of Baton Rouge, yet, it was 8am and heavy traffic was occurring.
Van Trouble, Again, Yesterday. Have to tell you of the trouble with the van yesterday, what a day >>
- Rain was coming down heavy.
- Out in the country, traffic was stopped up because, with the rain and wind, some wires were down crossing the road. I waited for an hour, then saw on GPS there was another way if I turned left, but with the stopped traffic I couldn’t. Earlier I saw someone drive on the grass medium and made a turn at the light, I did the same as that vehicle I saw earlier.
- I drove onto the grass, and, because of the rains, right away my wheels sank, stuck, again. I tried powering forward, then back, then forward, dug myself in and messed the grass, too.
- I saw in the line up of vehicles there were some trucks. One was towing something, but said he had a strap that would work. I went up to another truck and he said he would help. It was a quick pull, then I made that left onto that road to avoid the wait and the traffic.
- As I was driving there was a weird sound coming from underneath. After some miles I pulled into a driveway and saw that I had a flat tire. I did not remember how to lower the spare, so I called AAA.
- There was much water because of nonstop rain. At one point I had to drive through water in the street that was six or eight inches deep. At one point I thought my engine was dying, but it kept going, amazingly.
- The AAA guy eventually showed up, changed the damaged tire for my spare, then I got on the road to go to Costco, where I bought the tires.
- They were going to give me a discount because I bought the tires there, but it was still be $120. Yet, they did not have the tire I needed.
- So, they sent me 60 miles to the Costco in Baton Rouge. There guys told me it would be $66, so a much better price.
- So, the three books I sold the other day will cover all costs incurred.
With all these terrible things happening, I am not down, in any way. I find it interesting to see how things will turn out in the end.
I saw to the north are some national parks, on my way there now. I can only take so much of city with so manu people and traffic.
Next it will be to Texas and Houston, Austin and Big Bend National Park. If you live anywhere around any of these, let me know, I would love to get together.