Still do not have my computer back, using one I bought temporarily. I will get photos put in soon, within a week (I hope.) Until then, enjoy my words.
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?
- And, I’m not just, “Kitting Around”.
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 wonderful places and people.
***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!
Words to inspire you >>
Start an exercise program today, including aerobic and weights.
My daily jottings >>
9/7-10—I’ve been staying with my sister, Sandy (we have the same father) and her husband, Tom.
ABOUT SANDY – We had not seen each other for some years. I knew her as a youth when I lived in Portland. She seemed sooo much older than me at the time, but she is only 13 years my senior. Her and Tommy raised two sons who are successful in the world.
Sandy and Tommy married while young, age 18 for Sandy, Tommy was 21. They have stayed together since, 55 years, quite impressive. When I was young (under 7) we did much together. At the time their son Wally was an infant. So, Sandy seemed so much older than me and Wally so much younger, but we are that far off in age.
Sandy and I have the same father – Virgil Carson Summers. Only a few of you know, my given name at birth is Virgil Carson Summers, Junior. They nick-named me Kit because of my middle name – so, Kit Carson. I have never gone by the name Virgil.
I was here at their house some years ago. At that time it was a single house way out in the country, in the wilderness. Since then many have moved to this area and a freeway was put behind their home – constant road noise now, a terrible thing.
Tommy, Sandy’s husband, took us to Little Crater Lake, about 70 miles from where they live. A little lake of wonder, the water is so clear and slightly blue, quite a sight.
Our father’s father (our granpa Ray Summers), I did not know very well, but Sandy grew up around him. Sandy tells me him and I are much alike. A few comparisons >>
- He traveled and lived on the road at times.
- He lived up in Oregon in the summer, then traveled south for the winter.
- He did not believe in any of the God stories, therefore did not believe in God.
- Told Sandy he never wanted to own a home again (I never will.)
9/11—Yes, that day. Remembrances all around about that tragic day in human history.
After staying with Tom and Sandy for about five days, I headed north today into the state of Washington. As in Oregon, there are trees and lakes in abundance, beautiful sites to see. Currently, I am in Gifford Pinchot National Forest (who is Gifford, anyway?)
Staying the night in the forest, it was very dark and quiet, nice.
While driving and taking a sip of tea I glanced up and saw a sign that said, “Don’t drink and drive.” That is just what I was doing. Just kind of seemed funny to me.
Tomorrow I will be going into Mt. Rainier National Forest, looking forward to it. Yet, with all these forests up here how might it be different? I guess I will find out tomorrow.
I must say, I have missed writing to you. While at Sandy’s I did not put down words. My computer was sent out of Best Buy to get repaired, or replaced is they can’t. I had paid a hundred bucks extra for the warranty.
I purchased a Lenovo Yoga 730 computer to use for now, at a cost of about eight hundred bucks. I have it for two weeks then I will have to return it to get my money back. A 13” lightweight one, I like it. Feels good to have my fingers fly on the keyboard once again.
I took back-roads going north, passing through Cougar and went by Mt. St. Helen’s Monument. Lovely forests all around. In a forest, I took a turnoff and, I believe, this is where I will stay for the night, currently it is 3:09pm. I even took my unicycle down and did some riding. Ate a salad and I am consuming a beer.
Starting to get cold at night, but my sleepie bag keeps me quite warm. If you can imagine, it gets over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in there (well, with my body temperature being what it is.) Will be heading toward the south soon for the warmer climates. Also, heard some thunderstorms off in the distance, will they arrive?
The van continues to run well. Over 188,000 miles, getting up there. Hoping to at least hit 300,000 miles (or one million.) On the inside, I have continued to make it into a better and better home.
9/10—Off I went to Mt. Rainier National Park in the state of Washington. Even the drive up here held much for the vision – tree-lined roadways and wonderful sites. Hiked in to see some gorgeous waterfalls. Not sure if I will be able to show you photos using my temporary/new computer. If not, I will post them soon.
Here is about Mt. Rainier >>
Yes, I just found out my computer repair is complete. Should be back in a few days. But, there are two more National Parks I want to visit before I head back. Also, the Portland Juggling Festival is to be held later this month, so I will be going to that, too.
I went into a national park visitor center, I was about the only one there. So, I went out to my van and got my juggling stuff. When I was done with them each could juggle scarves and starting ball juggling, too. Pretty Rachel was surprised she was able to learn.
As I usually do, I gave them each a set of scarves and let them know their homework assignment was to get one hundred throws by later tonight. They are now on my list to send this blog to, too. Please let me know if you are still juggling.
I went to Paradise! This is a part of the park, yet it is as nice as a paradise. Too many cars and people for me, though. It being a Wednesday, I would think there would not be so many people.
I walked to see some gorgeous falls. But, my foot hurts when I walk currently. Remember when I cut it open on some glass not too long ago. I do not have much feeling on my right side because of my brain injury, the foot must be hurt much for me to feel it.
In walking and driving around the area, I saw some glaciers up on hillsides. Amazing to see the ice and snow with this being so close to the end of summer. I hiked down to see Narada Falls – such a spectacular sight .
The smell of the wilderness is so clean and fresh. My sniffer does not work so well, but I got a sense of the smells out there, so nice.
9/11—6:08pm—Right now I am parked for the night at a parking lot next to the main road. Hardly any traffic is driving by, will be less and less as night comes. I hope a ranger doesn’t come by later and tell me I cannot sleep here. I will let you know . . .
No one came by, slept well, at least until 3am, my normal wake-up time.
9/12—Moved into North Cascade National Park (you jugglers will like that name.) As I saw the snow-topped peaks getting bigger I knew I was getting closer.
Here is about North Cascade >>
Much of this park cars have no access to, there are walking paths. My foot is still hurting from when I cut it on glass, so no hiking for me right now.
As most are, such a lovely area this national park is.
9/13—After, headed west toward the coast. Driving along Route 20 was like a paradise, so lovely. Many forests and state parks to see—truly a splendor to see.
Here is Route 20, enjoy >>
When I got there, I took a ferry over to Port Townsend. Had to wait about an hour to board while in my van. Yes, took both of us. Only one ferry right now takes the half-hour drive across the water. Each ferry can hold about 66 vehicles. There are many cars, but also trucks and buses, I even saw a semi-truck. Each pays a different price. The ferry makes about $1,000 a trip, I did the math.
Once we got underway people could walk around the ship. Upstairs are areas with seating and you can be out on deck. I was surprised, this trip was more fun than I expected—well worth the #13.10 (with my discount) that the half-hour trip cost.
Meeting up this evening with my Facebook friend, Robin McMillen. In the next blog, I will let you know how it was.
My challenge for you this coming week >> Start getting an exercise program together, with both aerobic and weights involved.
Next Blog >> Back to Portland and getting my computer back.