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Where IS home anyway?

Though I seem to be staying put at the moment, I in a way< I am still travelling far … at least in a spiritual and mental sense. I was talking to a fellow nomad (one also trapped in the vortex), about where HOME is.

A “home” with a view?

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I have yet to find the answer to that question. I think it is a false assumption that home describes a precise place. It is becoming more and more apparent that home is really more of a state of mind. I have lived in many places, some quite comfortable, others barely a comfortable rock on soggy grass. I have occupied the same location for years at a time, or found myself relocating on a daily basis.

Yet I still don’t know where home is.

I have encountered home a few times … usually when I least expect it. But there is no specific defining characteristic that said to me: Yep, THIS is home. For many, home may be conjured into being by a specific location, but I guess for us wandering nomadic types, defining home is not so easy. The platitudes tell us home is where your heart is, but what if your heart keeps moving too?

I guess this is also part of my rebirth … defining home for myself. It has fully obvious to me that it will NOT be a specific location, but a part of myself that I will discover (or create?) that I will carry with me continuously. I am seeking my home.

I am kind of annoyed by the belief that I already have it with me. I am just too blinded by my own choices and over-active ego to SEE it yet. Anyway, if there are still folk out there who are interested in my oddly evolving adventures (even if they are a far cry from what they started as), sometime in the next few days I will be going with my partner in crime (or adventuring) to the wilds of Akron, Ohio. There she will ply her trade as a professional torture artist, while I turn a blind eye and ears to the evident agony and help book her clients, all to recoup some of the money we have been shovelling out in recent weeks. She calls it deep tissue massage, but I am still struggling with my conscience over this. hopefully I will have tales to tell of the flora and fauna of the area, and maybe even find a few notable sentences for the pending book. In the mean time, here are a few more pictures to distract y’all:

Making like a leaf and … ?

Yep. I am still in The Void. But while I existententially explore, I have also decided to at least deal with the technology issue a bit. I went and got myself a cheep computer, and now I can actually do things with my pictures … and maybe even write regularly. In the mean time, while I continue to figure out … well … what I am actually doing, here are a few more pictures of the area. I will be able to take ans post many more now! 🙂


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Damascus, VA

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Damascus, VA 36.633727, -81.783730 Yep, still in Damascus

Breathe the air that surrounds you

It has become more and more clear to me that I am not really a thru-hiker, but rather a traveller who is using a specific trail. I am exploring that which I have not previously explored, and truly do not know what tomorrow holds for me. This journey is far from over, but it might take a form that none have expected … least of all me. The technological issues continue to plague, so uploading visuals is still a bit of a challenge. But here are a few more instances of the life filled atmosphere that has become my daily breath.


This is Jordon Benjamin Yates

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Damascus, VA

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Damascus, VA 36.633727, -81.783730 Damascus, VA