Category Archives: June 2014

Un-travel Journal – Day 64

I finished my work exchange/internship up in Alabama, and now I’m back here in Saint Cloud, Florida at my parents’ house adjusting to life not on the road. It’s going pretty well, and I’ve noticed my motivation level is at an all time high now that I’m working on my own projects with all the knowledge I’ve acquired over the last few months. The first thing I did when I got here was build my own pad so I could maintain focus on the things I’m working toward by having a place to keep my energy focused.

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I popped up a tent, put together a cooking surface, set up a few chairs, strung up a canopy, installed a water catchment for dishes, and threw down some mulch. Now I have a place to call home while I’m working on projects here and being around for my parents in their time of need.

After I got the place set up I dedicated my energy toward the forest garden I installed before I left.  Before:

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And after:

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And the pigmy rattle snake I found while doing the job:

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The next informational post I’ll be putting up will be a walk through of exactly what is growing in the garden so you all can get some ideas of what to plant. Also, if anyone wants to come out and learn just get ahold of me and come on out. The biggest thing I miss about being on the road is the constant companionship of other Permaculture enthusiasts, but working on my own projects is also rewarding, and as soon as I feel the push I will be riding my bicycle into Saint Cloud and Orlando to visit and work on some other farms. I’m also trying to make a little money while in town, so let me know if any of you know someone that needs help 🙂 I’m looking for any sort of gardening or farm work. I’m also interested in learning skills in laying foundations, pavers, or other sorts of mason work.

I’ll also keep you all posted with my dad’s condition as we find out more info. Thursday is the big day that he meets with the doctors and finds out all the details on the diagnosis and treatment. I’ll also let you know what happens with the herbal salve treatment we will be beginning tomorrow. Much love! Thank you all for your support!

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Travel Journal – Day 53

I’m still up here in Mentone Alabama, and I’m feeling quite a bit better. After the initial shock and confusion of finding out about my dad’s cancer I luckily came across some peace of mind after taking a lot of solitude time, meditation time, and then some community time at a local swimming hole. I’m very grateful that my mind has been at peace most of the way through my trip so far, and when it hasn’t, I have been able to find the circumstances and/or practices to allow it to return. May it continue to be that way forever forward, and for each of you too for that matter.

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It’s also been a great time getting to know each of these awesome and dynamic people as we spend all this time in close quarters together.

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Alongside this I’ve also been working on completing my food forest garden design by researching the heck out of local and climate friendly plants, testing soils, designing the layout, and digging a bunch of damn holes.

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Not to mention I met some alpacas,

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crawled through some small holes,

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and of course, got weird.

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