• BLOG 42 — The warmth of Tucson

    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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    ***Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/
    ***If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog in on my website.
    ***If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.
    ***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!
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    Words to inspire you!
    All you need is the plan, the road map, the self-push and the courage to press on to your destination. Nothing can hold you back, keep pushing toward what will bring you joy in the end.
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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    11/9/19—First day of the first Cowmagedddon Juggling Festival taking place at Misty’s farm. Her family raises dairy cows, there are many. Also, horses, get to see.
    Only about 12 jugglers showed up (over 20 the next day), a comfortable group, a great location. For me, juggling felt good today. I’ve had a problem with the throw from the left hand/arm. I would turn my palm down as I was releasing the club. This technique had become so embedded into my brain it’s been hard to relearn the correct way.
    Not really much juggling going on, we are all having a fantastic time, though. Did some coaching, such as with Will, who is an advanced juggler. Of course, I cannot do them, but I taught him some tricks that were up to and above his level. He understood and learned them quickly. As I teach people skills I once could do, that makes me feel good.
    And, as you know, I made a big bowl of salsa yesterday. Today, early, it is almost all eaten up. I sent the recipe out to a few people. I will send the recipe to you, too, just send me an email and ask – kitsummers@gmail.com
     
    11-10-19—Not much juggling going on today. More play with freebies and playing with the big doggies. Very comfortable with my new friends. Worked with and taught Mackenzie to juggle, she loved it.
     
    She is parked next to me and will be fixing up her van to live and travel in. I gave her many ideas for building and improvement. She will have an excellent home, as I do.
    After a nice time at the small juggling festival, off I went to get back to the wilderness, I have to get my fix at least once a week. My aim was Saguaro National Park, and that is from where I am typing to you now. I drove into the park, saw a dirt road going off to the side, and that is the route I took. Here for the night, I am.
     
    On the way, I stopped by a McDonald’s to get on their wifi briefly. There was a table with some older folk right next to me and they were asking questions. I let them know about my travels, which they loved, and about my juggling, too.
    I went out to the van to get a copy of my book, Juggling with Finesse (do you have a copy yet?)
     
    Also, I got scarves, showed them the steps to learn, told them to look up scarf juggling lessons on YouTube, and gave them each 3 scarves. I expect they will learn – good on them.
     
    If you don’t juggle and haven’t tried scarves, let me know and I will send you some scarves. I even taught Dorothy how once!
    Very nice here. I hear some traffic, but that will get less and less and night comes on. I hope you sleep with a smile on your face tonight.

    11/11—Was a comfortable sleep last night, now I have driven into Tucson. I do like this area, I will be here for a month or more, I think. I need to save up monies for recent van costs.
    In my last post, I had asked if you might help me catch up on expenses, I did not hear from you, I did not hear from anyone.
     
    Once again, it makes me question if anyone reads my blog and if you care anything about me. I will find a way, as I always do. But, you could still help me.
     
    11/12—What I am doing in Tucson is waiting for some mail to come in at my juggly friend’s house. Last night I was parked in a residential area for sleep. Off in the distance, a few times, I heard a train blasting its horn as it was approaching. Then, after the head of the train passed, I heard the chugga chugga of the wheels on the track for quite some time. It surprises me that anyone can stay living next to this noise that comes nightly and through the day.
     
    Now, at 4:19 in the afternoon, I am parked in Ironwood Forest National Monument. Did an early dinner at 4, pork tacos, delicious. All food I acquired at food banks. I am parked out here alone, no one near.
    Today at a food bank I got new apples, grapes, and some other vegetables and beans. I did not want the old, so, rather than throw it away, I put it out for the animals to consume.
     
    So, back where I was living for soooo many years It is cold and freezing say, 5c. Here, right now, in the 80’s(f), almost too hot, very comfortable. Why, just the other day I planted new lettuce and cilantro in my onboard garden, it’s popping up nice. Way too cold to do that back there.
     
    Past 5pm, the sun slowly is sinking into the west. Very quiet here in the desert, nice. Should sleep well tonight, I will let you know. Yourself, sleep with a smile on your face knowing I am thinking of you.
    On the way, I was surprised to see fields of cotton balls growing.
    11/13—What a fantastic night and morning, I am so happy. I got to be out in the wilderness with the animals. A great fire last night, and also this morning. Do you live in Arizona? Can I visit you?
     
    As I awoke in the desert I had a smile on my face. Breakfast was fried potatoes with onions, my favorite, and, of course, my big cup of tea. I had a mango, so down it went. I like to eat fruit in the morning.
    At a library where I worked on my juggling much, out on the grass. Improvements came, I feel now that I can and will get my juggling back. This feeling makes me so happy. I threw 5 balls alright too. Now I must practice daily.
     
    A guy showed up who said he always wanted to learn to juggle, so teach him I did. He liked his new skill. As did the family I taught later, they loved their new skill, too. Everyone I teach I give a set of 3 scarves to and I tell them they have to get 100 throws before the end of the night.
     
    The weather today is a clear blue sky and in the 80’s, so nice. I will be here for, I think, at least for the next few months. Beauty all around, I love it here.
     
    Only about seven o’clock (that is such a strange word, “o’clock”), here I am in Saguaro National Park for the night. So many cactus standing tall. I know there are animals near, I wish they would show their face, I would love to see.
    Dinner was the rest of the pork taco mix from last night. I heat up the small corn tortillas and taco mix, and I even had some of my Summers Salsa, which I made at the juggling festival last weekend. The taste was so good (aren’t you glad I didn’t write “delicious”, again?) Some wine after and I am set for the night.
     
    I am so very comfortable here, I love it!
     
    Tomorrow I am already planning on returning to the library I was at earlier today. This place is massive, much more than just books. I will do more juggling tomorrow, and more and more and more.
     
    There is no reason why I cannot get my juggling back. It is mainly my mind that is determining that I can’t. Boy, I’ll teach that brain what’s right.
    And, I want to start working out more and more. I have the time, and it will only do me good. So tomorrow I start. Will you join me and start working out, too, getting your body and mind in better shape?
     
    About to lay down and do some reading. I hear birds chirping, such a good sound. It will make me sleep well tonight, I believe. Hope you do, too.
     
    11/14—Can you be alone and be happy? It is important that you learn to be. That is how I live my life, I like it.
     
    The heater in my van will only work on high, won’t work on low or medium. So, I receive too much heat, or I remain cold. I know the small part to fix the problem, a “blower resister”. I stopped at a car part store and bought one. I installed it myself and it is working perfectly.
     
    Came back up to Saguaro National Park, but a different part. Very nice up here, the cactus are all around.
    I had a can of chicken breast, so tacos again. I could eat them every night for dinner, so good they are.
     
    I love my tacos, so I opened a can a chicken, mixed in taco seasoning, and that was my scrumptious dinner for the night. I am now parked at a turnoff in the national park; here for the night, I am.
     
    So dark where I am now.
    So quiet it is here, too.
    Should sleep well tonight.
    Hope you do, too.
     
    11/15—Was back in the wilderness overnight, a good sleep.
    At a library now to get these words out to you. I’d love to hear from you, will you?
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    My Challenge for You this Week >> How is your posture? This week, start making it a habit to always sit with a straight back, as well as stand with great posture. Please let me know how it is working for you.
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    Next Blog >> Excited about progressing with my juggling. I will let you know how it is moving ahead.

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  • BLOG 41 — Happy on the road

    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–
    YESYOU 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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    Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/
    ***If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog in on my website.
    ***If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.
    ***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!

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    There are so many small towns and city’s, I need to take the time to explore more and see these human habitats and not just quickly drive through. That is the plan anyway.

    Yes, things have been warming up. I really do not like the cold and the snow. Better and better as I am going toward the south. Yesterday hit 86f, back where I was living for so many years it was 43. I think I like this better.

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    Words to inspire you!
    From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential.”

    Each of us is in charge of designing our own show, which is designing our own life. But, we do not have to face things alone.

    People are here to help, yet, you are the one who must take control of that design that your brain brings. And, no matter what your age and/or your status in life; you can start now to design your dream life.

    Start designing now, you’ve got this fantastic thing to think with, but learn to use it right. As you know, after my accident I had to build and design a new life and a new future. I got to examine my upcoming life and see where I wanted to go. I had to change. (I got to change?)

    Changing your life into the life you truly desire is something anyone can do. In my past design, juggling was such a central factor; in my new life, I eventually had to see that juggling would be a much smaller part of this new design.

    Learning to juggle again was a painful process for me, after having been robbed of my skills. It was boring and frustrating to rehearse outwardly what I already knew inwardly how to do. I had once mastered the art of juggling with considerable finesse, now the skill is difficult.

    The neurological pathways from my brain to my limbs had to be rerouted to obey the messages from my mind. As I have said, in my mind all the procedures of juggling were clear; I knew how to move, but my body had to learn once again to comply with that knowledge.

    Retraining my brain was a vital part of my come back.

    When I returned to juggling, I had trouble juggling 3 balls. I dropped them, I fumbled, my body was undisciplined, and I got angry, but I set goals for myself and thereby step by step overcame the obstacles and ultimately changed the course of action from failure to success.

    It was like I had a new body to train, but really, a new brain. Eventually, my juggling became good enough again to perform, yet it was far below the skill level of what it once was. A new show had to be developed.

    Basically, I had to put together a new show with my life.

    I had knowledge of the old ways but had to go in new directions for my future, which was difficult because at first, my mind could not think as clearly as I wanted. I knew I was in charge of the direction of my thinking and that I could direct my thoughts in the best way for my life.

    We have so much dormant power resting in our brain; we will never be able to use all of it.

    Remember, you are in control of your brain and how you use it. You run your brain and make your life happen—good or bad. Remember that we can control our brain; it doesn’t have to control us. Use your brain right.

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    11/1/19—Just sent out blog 40 for you, I hope you liked the read. After, I went out to the van and made chicken tacos, need I say? Delicious.

    I am sort of out of the mountains so it shouldn’t be as cold tonight. But, I will prepare well and stay warm. One thing I did discover—when I have the window coverings on, that blocks out the light, it also keeps the van warmer inside.

    11/2-3In Prescott, mainly at the library and seeing sites. Yes, much warmer down here. Warmer last night, very comfortable. As I am going south things will get better and better.

    11-4—So, I did go south, into Prescott National Forest. I landed at White Spar Campground at about 1:33 in the afternoon. At a cost of seven bucks a night, a comfortable cost. An early time to arrive for me to arrive at a place, but I will find things to do. A nice place, they are in the process of closing down for the winter.

    I went out, as I always do, searching for fuel for the fire. Cut my arm up pretty bloody on the branches, but, surface injuries. Did gather enough fuel for the fire for tonight and also a fire in the morn. How I like it.

    A TRUE SELFIE.

    3pm, no one around, what a perfect time to shower and clean my body. It’s been about three or four days. Because I am at an end of the campground where I am pretty much alone, there is naked Kit in his shower. Feeling much better now.

    Eventually, more people showed up at the campground.

    An older couple pulled into the campsite right across the road from me. They have a nice camper on the back of their pickup. So, they pulled in, both went into the back, and I didn’t see them again for hours. They could have done that in their driveway. Perhaps they are watching a video of the wilderness in their camper so they can enjoy the out-of-doors?

    So, while they were inside, I was out at my roaring fire, on which I cooked up dinner and enjoyed the out-of-doors. Good thing I took my shower when I did, with all these people showing up.

    11/5—A good night last night, great to be back in the forest. Early morning fire, on which I boiled water for my tea, then fried up my potatoes and onions for breakfast.

    The sun just showed his/her face. A bright clear sky, will be a fantastic day. That is, of course, if I make it a glorious day. My mind is feeling fit this morning, I hope to continue these good feelings throughout the day.

    I’ve written before, it is how we face things and how “we” make things happen. I have been somewhat down over the past week, but, in looking back, I see that it was I who manufactured much of these negative thought patterns. Control your thinking and you control your life.

    It’s’ about 9am and I will be making my departure soon. Those people in the camper across from me have yet to show their face this morning; hidden in the camper like some criminals. I want to go say, “Why don’t you just stay home parked in your driveway and do this?” but I won’t.

    Right now I am in the Phoenix area. Much cost with van repair over the last few months. I will have to stay in one place for a while, might as well be here. The temp today was 86 degrees, so, comfortable it is. I will be saving on gas costs right now.

    If you can and might help me with my overhead right now, please send a donation to me by PayPal to kitsummers@gmail.com. Or, if you can mail a check send it to >>

    Summers
    305 East Meadow Valley Road
    Lititz, PA 17543

    I thank you for any help you might give.
    If you’ve enjoyed my posts, please do.

    So, I plan on being in this area for a month or so. Time to change my life. My plan is to do more exercise and get on my bike and unicycle more. If you could change your life, what would you change?

    11/6—At a McDonald’s right now typing to you. So, I have every day, all day, like you do, to do stuff. I plan to get in better shape with my time, will you join me and make your body better like I will be doing?

    It’s funny, I look out the window and see so many cars and lives moving by. Each as a different life, as you do, and has troubles and successes—it is life. I’ve felt somewhat down the last few weeks, but we are just living our lives.

    Came to Phoenix for their juggling get-together tonight. I have no idea if anyone will show up, but I will be there. I’ve been to their gathering before, just a few jugglers, but, they are friends.

    If the Phoenix library now, I am going to a different library daily it seems. I was thinking that, because of the internet, libraries were getting less and less popular. But, at each I go to, there are many people.

    I arrived at where the jugglers meet in Phoenix at about 4:33 in the afternoon, the juggling meeting will not start until 7pm. I was going to work on writing, do some reading, and do some juggling, but the noise of traffic and people got to be too much for me, so I started on the road south.

    Slow bumper to bumper driving for at least twenty miles going south—yikes. I know there are millions of people in the world who fight with traffic for hundreds of hours a year; I hope you are not one of them.

    I aimed GPS toward Red Rock, a small town that looked to be right next to Ironwood Forest National Monument. I had to get far enough away from the freeway to not hear the noise. I found a dirt road turnoff and that was my sleepy place for the night.

    11/7—Awakening early, as usual, I remained in my sleepy bag until the sun started showing. Then it was south to Marana, where I found a McDonald’s, from where I am writing to you now. I will go to the local library later.

    As I am now in the warm weather, I will start to slow things down. I want to take more time to ride my bike and unicycle, to juggle, to work out, and to meet people.

    Speaking of a bicycle, I was just at that McDonald’s and there was a guy there who I briefly talked with. His bike was parked outside and he was inside on his small computer. He told me he has been traveling and living by bicycle for three years now. If I did that I would have NO expenses. Hmmm, it makes me think. What do you think, should I?

    I just heard from David Kha, who runs the Tucson Juggling Festival, which will be happening on April 2,3,4. I let him know I plan on being there. April 3 will be the anniversary of my first big accident.

    He wrote me back right away letting me know there is a juggling festival (the first one) to be held to the south of Phoenix at a farm. Perfect timing – I will be there!

    11/8—At the dairy farm of Misty and her family. I arrive at about 10am on Friday, things will get going this evening. So I helped how I could with things.

    Something strange, I am able to juggle today, unlike how it has been through the last months. 3 clubs fly right, the hands stay low, but high enough. I am most more comfortable throwing and catching stuff for some reason. Even believing I can return to performing?

    Today I made a big bowl of salsa for the juggling event running the weekend. The salsa always turns out great, from when I made it here, to in Australia, and in between. If you want my recipe, send me an email asking – kitsummers@gmail.com

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    My Challenge for You this Week >> Get out into the wilderness how you can. Even a few hours at a local park will work. While you are there, clean up and improve the place.
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    Next Blog >> More for you about this juggling weekend. 


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  • BLOG 40 — Four Treasures in the US

    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.
    *******************************
    ***Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/
    ***If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog in on my website.
    ***If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.
    ***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!
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    The north rim of Grand Canyon National Park
    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
    The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
    Wupatki—Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
    Each unique, amazing and beauteous
    Too much Vegas, too much city. You know how much I like cities—none. So, to the south, I go, first to Costco to fill up on gas, then on the road. As you know, because I go to food banks and eat for cheap, there is not much cost there, my only costs are for fuel (and van repairs.)
     
    Brand Hunt, I want to thank you again for allowing me at the circus center and spending time.
     
    The first stop, the town of Mesquite, toward the south. I am liking smaller cities, along with wilderness, of course. Arriving at about 4pm, I will be here for the night.
     
    I went to a McDonald’s to use their wifi, this place is so nice.
    Over the years McDonald’s has upgraded their fast food shacks much, you may have noticed? This one has wifi, electrical outlets, a maitre d’, waiters, juggling entertainers, a sauna, a bar, a Jacuzzi, a dance floor, a dance band, and free burgers (well, outlets and wifi, anyway.)
     
    Mesquite is more to the east, you see, my plan is to go to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, somewhere I have not been before. You will learn of it as I do.
     
    From Mesquite, further south I roam, to even better and more magnificent places.
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    Words to inspire you!
    From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential.”
     
    The power of your brain is phenomenal. You have the power to do things well beyond whatever you could ever imagine.
     
    Your brain is a vast, largely mysterious source of energy and power; and when used correctly, you do wonders. You can alter your life at any time.
     
    You can change your reality. We are continually learning new things about the brain and how it works. 
     
    Because we know so little about how the brain works, many people dismiss the potential of their own mind. When they do limit themselves in this way, they diminish their power and their success in life.
     
    People often don’t know how to pull up these good thoughts.
     
    In this book, I will show how you can pull from the deep parts of your mind and take full advantage of your brain to help you go beyond your potential. You can reach the success that you yearn for.
     
    The more you use your mind for innovative thinking, the better and longer you will be able to use your intellect.
     
    Some of the most successful people in the world have believed in the power of their mind and tapped into that power to stretch toward their best, bringing inconceivable riches, success and comfortable life. This has been documented in numerous studies.
     
    Over time, there have been many books and studies on the power of the mind. It still amazes me how little we know about the brain. You have power, learn to release yours.
     
    What will it take to release the potential of your incredible mind? You must believe, without any reservation, that your mind can fulfill all your desires, dreams and plans.
     
    This stretching must consume you, taking over all parts of your attention. Emotionally picture yourself having or doing whatever your desire is and you can have anything in life. To help toward this end, you will need to increase your learning and increase your studies.
     
    In my studies for this book, I learned that our brains are constantly changing and can keep growing with new knowledge all the time. The more you use it, the better your brain will become.
     
    Allow your mind to take off with your deepest wants and desires in an intense way.
     
    This intense thinking and confidence must be focused in a way that creates a new world for you.
    History and many books have shown that if you truly reach for the deepest recesses of your thinking you can achieve astounding results. Open your eyes and your mind to examine
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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    10/26/19—So great to be back on the road. I was actually driving with a smile on my face, as I got through the Vegas traffic and onto fewer cars and fewer lanes. Smiling I am still.
     
    10/27—I will be here in Mesquite for the day, Sunday. You see, there some food banks that are open tomorrow and I need lettuce, fruit, and vegetables. I will let you know later what is it I am doing.
     
    I was planning to do some juggling today at a park, as well as go bicycle and unicycle riding, but the winds are strong and cold. So, not today after all.
     
    Noon and still windy. Today is shower time, so I found a local park where no one would see me and showered up nice and clean. I also cut my hair, use a clipper and cut my head while I bend forward, head upside down, getting all the hairs the same. Never had any complaints about my looks, what do you think?
     
    Then, since I had a bag-full, off to the laundromat for me, from where I am typing to you right now. Plugged into their electric and using their wifi, I could just move in and live here, yes?
     
    Now it is 5:27 in the evening and I am feeling, for some reason, very scared and wondering what I am doing. Questioning everything I am, tears feel like they could appear easily. I know I will get through this, but what next? Back and forth I go in my mind.
     
    10/28—At the library, most of the day, waiting until 3pm when I can get some food. After, I will be on the road toward the north rim of the Grand Canyon, somewhere I had wanted to explore for a long time.
     
    A full tank of gas, enough food to last me for a few weeks. My portable power station is full when and if I need to charge my battery on my computer, phone, or other electronics. Wish you were here with me, though.
     
    At times I get a sausage biscuit at McDonald’s in the morning. And/or, get a taco from Taco Bell or a McChicken from McDonald’s for dinner. It is only a buck or two a day, but, I must consume the food that I have on board.
     
    Off I went, taking I-15 north before I went south. As I was getting away from Las Vegas I hit less and less traffic. Then I came south as I got into St. George, Utah. Getting on 59 south, less and less traffic again. Then, about 5pm I found a dirt road off of 59 where I will be for the night. Very quiet, very dark, I expect a good sleep tonight.
    Looking through my food, it seems that I have too much. Salads and chicken must be eaten, but the canned stuff and some other items can wait. I keep writing about a week-long fast I want to go on, I must stop eating, though. Soon, soon.
     
    I like where I have turned off for the night. In a canyon off any main roads, just me and the coyotes. I do like it when I don’t have to cover the windows to keep light out, the natural darkness is so nice.
     
    As I wrote, I am wondering what you think of my writing, I hardly hear from anyone.
    ARE YOU READING THESE WORDS RIGHT NOW???
     
    As I already wrote, I am aiming for the north rim of Grand Canyon. Most people go to the south rim, as I have a couple times. I always wanted to go to the north rim, which is higher, on my way, now. There is no direct route to get across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim, I will have to retrace my steps north and then head south.
    Of course, writing to you right now offline on battery power, I do like this. Sitting in my van with the table up, very nice (and, don’t forget my glass of wine.)
     
    Usually get to sleep between 9 and 10pm. Awakening, often, between 2 and 3am, I get four or five hours of sleep a night. It seems to be enough for me, I function fine. Tonight, though, being away from everything, I should get better sleep (is it really better to sleep more or is it a waste of time?)
     
    10/29—Last night a cold-spell came in. The winds were to the level of hurricane strength. The van even rocked some with the pushing of the wind. From about midnight to 3am they persisted, no sleep for me. Eventually, I did get some shut-eye, up about six this morning.
     
    First on the agenda today—I dove into Grand Canyon NP north rim (not literally), so much to see (as you will see from the photos.) I’ve been to the south rim a few times, always wanted to go to the north rim – today was the day! Being here on a Tuesday there is not (or, should that be “are not”?) many people around.
    Take a look >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw5cDIskqBw
     
    Cold and windy, too. It looks like they are setting up many areas to close down for the winter. Glad I made it on time.
     
    Surprisingly, there is snow coating parts of the landscape in some areas. But, we are up above 2438 meters (8000 feet).
    Of course, cold it is. Last night I awake quite cold, I got down the other blankets and stayed asleep until about 5:33am, that is a late sleep for me.
     
    Along with being an amazing canyon, the Grand Canyon National Park is a magical place. Did not see any animals, sad about that.
     
    After some time at the canyon, I headed south. I had wanted to stay for a few days, but, in that it did become quite cold, I headed south. But, surprises awaited me.
     
    10/30—Still so pleased with what I saw at the Grand Canyon yesterday, but today was more amazing sites.
     
    Onward to Glen Canyon—amazing sites, I must say. You might think it is named after, “Glen”, you are wrong. The canyon is named after the lush green growth along the Colorado River and inside canyons. Another fantastic drive.
    See the beauty >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o87zW2BWCUo
     
    Driving south on 89, I slipped into an another amazing canyon. The Vermilion Cliffs I saw (and you will, too.) They just kept going on and on getting better and better. I remember seeing this phenomenon in westerns on TV. Enjoy the photos.
    Take a look at this fantastic video >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqGemcZ-lPA
     
    Then, in route to the city of Flagstaff, I saw a small sign saying, Wupatki National Monument. It was approaching 4 in the afternoon, time to look for somewhere to park for the night.
    I thought the road went in and then I would return on the same road. Yet, it was a 20 mile circle so that I would end up down the road further south.
     
    Here it is, take a look >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr4duwSZ4OM
     
    I went to the visitor center to learn about this area. Native Americans did much building around here, which is preserved. Pueblos and villages were once plentiful. Until the big volcanic eruption hundreds of years ago.
     
    There is no campground here, but there is plenty of dispersed camping (which means you park where you can for the night.) I found a lovely place where I can get back on the road easily tomorrow morning. Should be very dark and quiet, I should sleep well tonight, how about you?
    10/31—Very cold last night, that is why I am heading south. As I thought, very quiet and dark my sleep was.
     
    Drove an amazing drive in Arizona from Flagstaff to Sedona on Highway 89a. As you know, I have driven all over America, this was one of the most scenic and wonderful trips I’ve taken.
    You must watch this >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYJkUXXoPAU
     
    11/1—Right now I am typing to you while sitting in the cold van. You see, my Little Buddy Heater stopped working. I awoke at 2am and I was warm under the covers. Then I turned on the heater and got up after it warmed. Later it stopped working.
     
    Right now I am soooo cold and have to wait until 8am when Big “O” Tires opens, they will be repairing my van today.
     
    Another expense, too many, yikes. If I did not have this van I do not know what I would do.
     
    I just heard, it will be $365.63 to get my breaks back in line. So, I guess that is my rent for the month? You have to remember, I am in a very expensive town, Sedona, Arizona, I believe another car place would be much more expensive.
     
    This leaves me questioning my life once again. If I lost the van, I would have nowhere to live and I would be homeless. That scares me, much.
     
    At another library further south in Cottonwood, Arizona. I like this town, too. It is now 1:23 in the afternoon and I believe I will be here for the night.
    Nice how they do not have many lawns in Sedona, more natural landscapes.
    I wrote before, all my life I have been go-go-go. I have to spend more time and explore more. I will be doing that and you will hear results.
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    My Challenge for You this Week >>
    Tell three people who are close to you, “I love you”, and mean it.
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    Next Blog >> Warmer weather near Tucson here I come!

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  • BLOG 39— Warm here in Vegas

    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    By writing ​​this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–
    YESYOU 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.
    *********************************************

    ***Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/
    ***If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog in on my website.
    ***If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.
    ***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!

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    In the last blog I was kind of down, sorry for that. I want each of these blogs to uplift you (at least a meter off the ground.) I want you to examine your life and see how you can make things better for yourself.

    Something I have written of before, when you are down and feeling bad, just remember that you will soon be back up and doing great.

    When you are doing excellent, remember that you “might” be back down again—balance is the key. I must remember my own words.

    In my last blog I had written asking if, basically, do you read my blog and does it make a difference in your life. Out of thousands who “can” read my blog, I only heard from a few.

    Yet, it was enough to show me that I do make a difference and my writing does add to people’s lives (yours?); thank you, Jackie, for writing to me. How about you, I would love to hear from you sometime >> kitsummers@gmail.com

    As you know, I have been questioning my living the life that I do. It would be so much easier to just stay in one place and find a way to make it. Then, I watched a YouTube video of a guy making it by himself in the Alaskan wilderness.
    I can find a way.
    Hope you stay with me.

    Words to inspire you!

    From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential” >>>

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    Do not just read – TAKE ACTION – starting this moment!

    When you do take action, and it doesn’t matter how old you are; it’s never too late (or too early) to change your life toward the better. Read this series of books to learn how to make changes to feel more fulfilled, happy, and at peace. Read with an open mind to gain ideas to advance your life.

    Take the time to sort through the ideas in this book, pick out what is going to work for you to help you excel – THEN IMPLEMENT! – It must be done for your better life.

    What are your passions, desires, interests, and goals in life? Although these questions may take years to answer, you can start by asking yourself what you want people to think of you and what kind of heritage you want to leave behind. The following question applies to all parts of your life.

    How would you like you to be described and remembered by others?

    Figure out whether or not your lifestyle is associated with your personal principles. Chances are your life and your values disagree at times. Take some time to discover how you can merge the two. This comfort will bring a lasting relationship.

    What could you be doing differently to help you reach your life direction?

    Getting on to the bigger things, maybe you want to consider changing your career, changing your school, changing where you live, and/or changing the way you manage your time and money. This goes along with any and all relationships you have.

    You can improve your relationships. No matter your income or how huge your undertakings are, you will not be able to enjoy your success if you don’t have others to share this success with. Connect and bring on more friendships to add to your life.

    Work on your relationships you already have. Spend quality time with loved ones, and be kind toward them – understanding and caring for them. If you have been ignoring or arguing with a loved one, then dedicate some time to bring back the relationship.

    You must be willing to change and even admit that you were wrong.

    Make fresh, meaningful dealings with others. If you are lonely, get out there and meet people! You will have to stop waiting around for others to approach you. Take matters into your own hands, take control, and get down to business.

    Bring on social situations, join discussions, and always have a smile on your face. This is a fabulous way to attract other people, yet, you just don’t want to be too comfortable.

    Yes, don’t be too comfortable. Often people get stuck in the comfort of familiarity in their routine. Regardless of their fear of change, people need variety to have a happy life. You should practice this on a daily basis as well as on a larger scale later.

    To start, try to do something you’ve never done before – every single day. Bring variety into your life, you will be happier. Go to a movie you’ve never been to, talk that person you haven’t, eat something new and different, and so on.

    Along with the above, start a new hobby, juggle something you haven’t before or travel to a new place, try a new sport. Push yourself above and beyond what you normally do; try new things. Run an extra mile, take a new trail while hiking, learn that new song on your instrument and explore new artistic styles.

    Live your life with passion now and always!

    Learn to live in the current moment. The best way you feel more contented about your life is to stop living in the past and bring to an end your worrying about the future. I could never go back to the juggling I once did. I’ve learned to change with the changes to help get through difficult situations.

    Speaking of hard situations, if you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, it’s probably because you are looking at the past with anguish and seeing the future with troubled eyes and neglecting the present moment. If you find yourself constantly dwelling on the past, try the following exercise:

    First, admit to the memory and how it makes you feel. If it was a recent occurrence and you feel the need to scream or cry, then let it out. Consider writing of the event in a journal or talk about it with a loved one or a friend.

    Once you have suitably grieved the memory, you have to admit to yourself that the past is over, and nothing can undo it. As an alternative of being upset that it happened, be grateful that it is over, and your life will go on. Keep in mind that things always could have been worse and even worse than that. The next time you might goes back to that thought, acknowledge the memory, be appreciative that it is over, and let it go again.

    This is a great way to get through change.

    While it is not possible to forget the past totally, people often focus on negative or disturbing memories rather than on your positive ones (as I have continued to think about mine now and then.) Take time to consider all the good that have happened to you in the past. Even start a list of the good, which can help.

    Have a positive outlook. No matter what you have, what happens, who you’re with, or where you are, your perception of your situations is more important than the circumstances themselves.

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    10/18/19—As I was leaving Winnemucca (still love that name), I went south on small roads, to Battle Mountain and then Austin, Nevada. Further I went, and at about 4pm I looked for a place I could park for the night. I almost set up to stay on a dirt road off the main road, but I thought it still too early.

    A little ways further I came upon Bob Scott Campground (who’s Bob anyway) in Humboldt-Taiyabe National Forest. Only one other vehicle here, the way I like it. I expect a cold night, so I prepared my bedding with a few extra blankets.

    My GPS has been malfunctioning. It will turn off for awhile, then on again. One time it went off for quite awhile. I had to resort to doing like in the old days, using a physical map to find my direction.

    I had become so dependent on my GPS it was scary. Currently it is working a-OK, I will see how much it would be for a new one from Costco when I get to Vegas.

    For dinner, all from food banks, a salad with Romaine, tomatoes and broccoli, chili on a roasted garlic flat bread, Quite delicious, all for free. I keep picking up more food, even went to a bank in Winnemucca and got some items.

    I had wanted to do another fast (and I would do it really quick), yet I keep acquiring more food. And, when I get down to Las Vegas I expect I will go and eat with friends. I must discipline myself and stop eating (at least for a week.)

    10-19—What a find! Need I tell you, I came upon a magnificent area, “The Spring Mountains”. I had been seeing much desert, so I did not expect much. As I went up in elevation from about 3,000 to 8,000 feet, things got better and better.

    Stayed in Kyle Canyon Campground, what a great spot. Dinner was Romaine lettuce with fresh cut red onion and tiny tomatoes. For the main course it was a can of chili with more of the onions. Scrumptious.

    I knew there would be no wood for the campfire in the area because it was already scavenged, so I got my van and drove off site. There I picked up plenty of firewood for an evening fire and morning fire the next day.

    In the morning I’ve always used my stove to heat water for tea and cook. This day I used the fire and grill instead. Turned out great. By the way, do you know that pine needles make great fire starter?

    Take a look at this fabulous forest >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSsVw2eYNqo

    As before, this food all came from the food bank. Like I wrote before, normally you buy a bunch of food and let in lay around for a week or two before you consume it. This is no different. The Romaine lettuce, I just peeled off the outside leaves and I got to eat the heart of the Romaine, the best part.

    Of course, right now I am typing to you offline on battery power, the way I like it (and you do too, remember?) Have you used LibreOffice, it is much better than word or other programs—and it’s free, to boot.

    So, the GPS stopped working. As I was exiting the campground I did not know which way to go; I depend too much on my GPS.

    It was morning and I knew the sun would be toward the east, so that was direction. Also, I had maps of the area to go off of, so I was alright.

    Did some hiking and exploring, a very nice area and good time.

    10/20—Relief, much better. I drove into Vegas and went to, with hand written directions and asking, found a Pep Boys auto repair. I knew they could check my alignment and fix my GPS problem.

    When I was showing the mechanic about the GPS, I saw that part of the connection had broken off and was in the GPS. I am thinking this is what had shorted the GPS.

    It’s been a few days. I parked behind a building and showered how I do. Feels much better to be clean, of course.

    Currently at Taco Bell on their free wifi, the two tacos tasted good, too. I remember, Vegas is 24 hour traffic. I will go to a residential area to find a quiet place where I can sleep, hoping I can find such a place.

    10/21—Slept well, off and on. Road my unicycle for awhile. It is hard because I do not very good control of my right foot. So, when my foot is not positioned right, it is hard to move it to a better place on the peddle. I did ride alright, though.

    Things are still hard in my mind, seeing a future and where I will fit in.

    10/22—Warm in Vegas, that’s a good thing. I know there is wilderness nearby, yet, I have to get the van fixed, first. More front end work—yikes. The alignment can’t be set right until these things are fixed. I am looking at about seven hundred bucks, which I don’t have.

    10/23—Today I spent the afternoon with Vladik and his two young daughters. We met many years ago when he was still quite young and his parents were excellent performers. He went on to aim toward magnificence with his performing.
    Here is Vladik –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypzxkvn8eiA

    Skilled in many areas beyond juggling, he is into so many things. A great golfer, having rental properties, he can fix anything. Such a tremendous family he has, too.

    Even while performing at the show in Las Vegas he is able to take breaks to travel the world performing in other countries.

    Of course, over the years I have wondered where I could have gone with my juggling if I did not have the accidents. You have to remember, I was a “real” juggler for only about six years, in that short time I got to a high level in the juggling skill.

    So happy for Vladik, and, of course, there is a jealousy.

    I was feeling good, so I went out to try my hand a juggling. At this point I can barely juggle 3 clubs, I was really trying, too. It almost made me start crying, I’ve lost so much, when I was at such a high level in the past.

    In looking at my life, I said to myself (sorry for the language), “What the fuck am I doing with my life?” How can I motivate or inspire you if I can’t do it for myself? My life seems to be going no where, and quickly at that.

    10/24—This morning I met with my old friend Dick Franco. I first met Dick in 1976 when I was just beginning juggling. He showed me what was possible and I took it to the limit.

    He had come to San Diego to practice his juggling in the nice weather before he started his first tour with a circus. He also did some street performing with Bob Rosenberg, another excellent juggler.

    Need I tell you, I got heavily inspired by watching Dick and Bob and took to my juggling like a monkey takes to a banana.

    Dick went on to have a magnificent career as a performing juggler, touring all over the world. Here is a classic video of Dick >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpmxs8HbLSE

    Of course, when first met him I was only 15 or 16, he seemed soooo much older than me, but he is only seven years older. At this point he tells me he is retired and not juggling much anymore.

    Yet, he buys and sells classic cars and also homes, so he still keeps quite busy. He has lead a charmed life traveling the world and performing.

    10/25—Right now I am writing to you from Firestorm auto repair, the van needs some things fixed. The price today will be about $400. Yet, I see this as paying rent, in that I live and travel in the van.

    Four hundred thirty bucks later and I feel much better about my home-on-wheels. The GPS is behaving, too. I’ve been in Las Vegas too long, I must get out to the wilderness. One more night here and then south.
    To where?
    I have no clue.
    Any ideas?

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    My Challenge for You this Week >>

    Remember that thing you keep putting off (or more than one), well, this week (TODAY) get this feat down. Once you start it will become easy, just start.

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    Next Blog >> There are many wilderness areas all around Las Vegas. This week I will get out to a few, I think you will like.


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  • BLOG 38—Heading toward the south, toward the warmth.

    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    By writing ​​this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–
    YESYOU 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.
    *********************************************

    ***Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/
    ***If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog in on my website.
    ***If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.
    ***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 >>

    Learn to count on yourself.

    No one knows you better.

    No one can help you better than you.

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    My daily jottings >>

    10/12/19Last night I went to church! Actually, I slept in a church parking lot. I knew it would be quiet and I would not be disturbed, which is how it turned out. 

    10/13Not traveling now, so not a lot to write about. Yet, I just found out that my repaired computer will be in tomorrow! I am so happy to be able to get back on the road again. 

    To the south I go, are you somewhere between Oregon and New Mexico? I would love to stop by for a visit, let me know.

    I was thinking that, with computers and internet, libraries were going down. But, right now, on a Sunday, the library in Sandy, Oregon is quite full of people reading, studying and using computers (as I am), so great to see. 

    10/14—FINALLY GOT MY COMPUTER BACK! Now life can go on and go forward. Stuck in Portland was difficult for me, that would be for any city.

    As I was going east out of Portland I stopped by Multnomah Falls, always nice to see. I went as a youth, and then a couple years ago as Tina and I were passing through.

    Take a look >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5xTS7BHhyU

    While driving on I-84 going east, I stopped at the library in The Dalles. Libraries all over America are so well set up for me to work on the Blog in a comfortable way.

    I used to aim for McDonald’s for their free WiFi, but I am finding that libraries offer much more. Like I wrote before, I am seeing that the libraries are very populated, a good thing.

    Along with free wifi, there are electrical outlets where I can plug in for power. Also, most libraries have a “family bathroom”, a room on its own where I can get naked and get totally clean, my way of showering when I need.

    10/15—At a library all morning on computer. Then I hit the road. Along the way, I saw >>
    https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=29

    I knew they would have a shower, so I did, it’s been a few days, I feel nice and clean now. Also, they had drinking water available, so I filled some containers and am very happy.

    Stopped at a McDonald’s to use their wifi. I decided to get a McChicken sandwich. Now too long ago they were a buck, here I paid $2.50, yikes. But, I see it as my renting their wifi and I was able to plug into the electric, too.

    I got tired of just driving on my freeways, I am now traveling back roads going south. There is no rush to get anywhere, I think I will like this better. I will let you know . . .

    On the drive, I drove down loooonnng straight roads, amazing.

    10/16—So, there I was driving at 4am in the dark down to the town of John Day. Suddenly, after going around a turn, I hit a deer that I did not see. It shocked and scared me.

    Poor deer.

    I kept driving, but knew my van was impacted in a bad way. The grill was damaged, I had to put the headlight and signal light back in with duct tape. And, the bumper, yikes. It got bent in some so it hits the tire when I turn a certain way.

    I had passed a body shop on my way and he was just arriving. I let Jeb know that I did not have money, but needed his help. The bumper was hit and needed to be pulled out. He got in his truck, hooked up a chain, and pulled.

    The van is alright to drive once again.

    After spending the day in the town of John Day, mainly a the library, I’ve gone south to the forests.

    In driving along, for a moment I looked over the side and thought how easy it would be to drive off and pass-away. I hardly ever wear my seat-belt, after all.

    Once again, it made me question my life and where I was going, what I was doing.

    After hitting the deer earlier and thinking more about my life, I am not seeing forward momentum.
    What am I living for?
    Just to write words to you?
    Hardly ever even hear back from anyone, after all, am I wasting my time?

    Found a campground and built a fire, drinking a Corona, back to the environment which I like. I am the only one in the whole campground, lucky me.

    I have a lot of food that I got from food banks, but, I feel like I want to stop eating again. Last time my fast lasted for four days, this next time I will go for a least a week. I wonder how it would be to starve to death?

    In tending to the fire I burnt the hair off the back of my hands, again. A fire death would hurt too much. Yet, I also grabbed a log and it was still smoldering, hurt my hand much. Yes, a fire death would be too painful.

    I write about death and dying, yet, that is not a path I am on. I live my life for my daughters, April and Jasmine, and my sister, Sandy. No one else seems to care.

    People seldom talk about their own death, which is coming for us all. Are you accomplishing what you want to before your demise?

    Having no belief in any of the Gods, I will miss nothing when I die. When it comes, it does, nothing anyone can do. The hope of a God and heaven is nice, but simply not there.

    Why does the smoke from the fire always come toward me, wherever I am. The fire is blowing ash all over my computer. But, who am I to complain? I guess I’m Kit.

    For dinner, I had one of the things a got at a food bank, a Lunchables. Actually, I was quite good, Ham and cheddar and crackers and cookies—yum. On my second beer, too.

    Almost six pm, already night shade is coming down. Quiet has also enveloped the area. So, I bid you a good night. I hope I sleep better, I’ve only been maintaining a three or four-hour sleepy time, but that is life. Goodnight.

    10/17—Rain overnight, so no morning fire. To the south I continue, toward warmth.

    I had wanted to go for a bike ride and unicycle ride today—too rainy. Hopefully, soon it will happen.

    Still heading south, just over the border into Nevada, I came into the town of Denio, NV. A small town of about 30 in the main town, then, as I am told by the librarian, there are also many ranched around.

    Right away I saw the sign for the library and popped right in. One young librarian named Hanna, was the only one there. I am the only customer in the small library, and may be the only one here all day. The hours are only 9am to 1pm, so I did not stay long.

    On down the road and into Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Buena Vista Overlook. Not much to see, the plains of America are not that interesting.

    Amazing the GPS even tracks these small dirt roads into the parks and such.

    I was trying to get into Malheur National Forest, GPS showed me a very questionable dirt road to go down, and it would be 7 miles to the park. I didn’t want to take a chance, did not even look like many went down there. So I chickened out and turned around.

    Went down to Minnemucca (I like the name), which is in Nevada, and I am now in their library.

    For some reason I am cold and scared right now, not sure why. Trying to decide which direction to aim. I think toward Salt Lake City, I want to have someone check the van since I hit that deer. Once again, poor dear deer.

    Changed my mind, SLC would not be south, so I am pointed at Las Vegas now.

    It would help if you wrote to me >>
    kitsummers@gmail.com
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    My Challenge for You this Week >>
    Work toward making three new friends this week.

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    Next Blog >>
    Will be posting from down in Las Vegas.

    No, I don’t gamble.


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