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Brief Update December 5, 2013

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A brief update on my life since the walk: I lived in Alabama for just under a year, worked as a mascot at children’s birthday parties and as a school crossing guard. In February my dad was diagnosed with cancer, so once the school year (and my crossing guard job) ended in May, I moved back to Georgia to be with my family. It was the right move to make, and the Lord has blessed me with more of Himself because of it – but it’s a little weird living with my parents in my 30’s. I’m working in a bakery at a local grocery store, spending time with my family, and still trying to get out on those occasional adventures.

Coming up next: my last adventure attending Becoming and Outdoors Woman at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center!

A Failed Beginning February 17, 2012

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My first start, a couple of weeks ago, was a hilarious flop. I’m starting a journey as a writer and photographer and as such I have to drag along the needed tools – my laptop and dSLR camera. These are not exactly feather light items – my laptop is a cheaper model (read: big and heavy), and I’ve got a bit of camera gear to go with the camera – alternate lens, external flash, reflectors, and the like. The journey has no time frame or destination exactly, I could be walking for six weeks and then do something different, or six months, or six years. But I have to pack for a long trip – a long, most likely very smelly trip, since I’ll only have one change of clothes! Some of the gear I got recently, specifically for this journey, but some of it I picked up years ago. My backpack is one of those items and it is MUCH too small. It’s only intended for day trips of ultra-light camping. Ha! I packed the poor little backpack to the hilt, THEN clipped the tent and sleeping bag on the outside. A silver piece of tarp was also clipped on as REI was out of tent footprints when I bought the tent and I never got around to picking one up. (Plus, the tarp was free, while the REI footprint would cost 25 bucks. Probably worth it for the space-saving and less headache-causing properties though.) Then, draped over one shoulder, an adorable Crumpler messenger bag, and over the other shoulder, an awesome bag with straps that looked like police warning tape. Meanwhile I was wearing a tee-shirt, long sleeve ExOffico shirt, lightweight jacket, and heavy poncho. I’m overweight, insanely out of shape, desperately trying to crawl out of a brutal depression, bundled in way too many layers, then piled with mountains of bags I can barely even pick up. Pure comedy. Regretfully (not for me!) there will NOT be any pictures.

“Wherever I May Roam” January 19, 2012

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Metallica

And the road becomes my bride
I have stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need

And with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay a slave

Rover, wanderer,
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

And the earth becomes my throne
I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I’ve grown
By myself but not alone
I ask no one

And my ties are severed clean
Less I have the more I gain
Off the beaten path I reign

Rover, wanderer,
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will
Yeah, you wi-i-i-ill

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind anywhere
and I’ll never mind anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home
YE’ YEAH

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind
And I’ll take my time anywhere

Anywhere I may roam
Where I lay my head is home
That’s right

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

Carved upon my stone
My body lies, but still I roam,
Yeah yeah!

Wherever I may roam
Wherever I may roam
Woah

Wherever I may roam
Wherever I may roam
Yeah!

Wherever I may wander, wander, wander
Wherever I may roam…

Yeah, yeah, wherever I may roam…

Yeah, yeah, wherever I may roam…
Wherever I may roam…
Wherever I may roam…

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