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Adventures in Nomadic Serendipity
Just because there is a beaten path, that doesn't mean you have to take it...
A year ago, and a month from now... 
13th-Apr-2007 10:13 pm
I've been on the road for a year now.

On the morning of April 1st 2006 I pulled away from my San Francisco apartment for the last time, leaving behind the keys on the kitchen counter as I left.  Ever since then, "home" has been a rather fluid construct for me.  From the beginning I've held the specific intention that this was NOT a trip with some final destination in mind, ending once I reached a certain place or after a certain amount of time had passed. Rather, my goal has been to invent and live a sustainable and fulfilling technomadic lifestyle - living on the road indefinitely. 

For the most part, I've succeeded. 

I have had an incredible year on the road.  I have seen and done some amazing things. I have met and stayed with a range of fabulous people. And on the whole, I have never been happier.

I have also managed to see a do a lot LESS than I expected to have by now.  When I set out, I expected that by the end of the year I would have conquered both Alaska and Mexico, and everything in between.  And though I haven't yet reached either, I certainly still intend to.  But I've found that I strongly prefer a slower and more intentional pace of exploration.  I like not needing to race to get somewhere, and instead focusing on enjoying where I am at and the people I am with.  Alaska isn't going anywhere - it can wait till the time is right.

Overall, it still feels as if I am barely getting started.  And I love that!

The next chapter of my journey starts next month.  Cherie and I have set the date of May 10th to head out together on the road, just under a month from now.

When I set off on this journey I did not expect to find a life partner along the way, but I couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out.  This five month nomadic "hiatus" in Florida has certainly proven to be very worthwhile.

I've been chronicling my adventures of the past year here in my blog using two different "tags" to flag journey related entries.  "Nomadic Serendipity" tells the in depth chronological story of my trip, complete with many pictures.  I've fallen behind in posting the June (!!!) through February entries - but I intend to fill in the blanks of the past year eventually.  "Nomadness" is a superset of "Nomadic Serendipity", and includes both the large entries as well as many more smaller (and more timely!) snapshots from the road.

(Note: I've now worked some magic to incorporate those two streams directly into www.radven.net - click on the links above to see how I've managed to integrate LiveJournal feeds right inside my personal homepage.  Cool, huh?)

A Year in Review:
This past year I've evacuated to avoid a flood, marveled at the Maker Fair, explored Treasure Island (twice!), camped on a river's edge, shown off at Tab rallies (twice!), partied at a sci-fi con, switched to Macintosh, communed with elephant seals, marched in Pride, been paramotoring and paragliding over California and Nevada and Utah, worked on a Rhea ranch in Oregon, visited Nomadic Research Labs, installed a solar panel, built a cathedral at Burning Man, attended Hogwarts, cavorted at Disney Land and Disney's Animal Kingdom, explored remote Utah and the Flaming Gorge, camped off the grid in Colorado, climbed Big Brutus in SE Kansas, visited family in St. Louis and Baltimore, been a guest on "radio" shows of various sorts, cruised to Mexico, saw the space shuttle launch (at night from sea!), kayaked with dolphins, skied Tahoe, spun fire, and I've even managed to fall in love along the way.

Wow - what a great year.  *grin*

States: CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, WY, CO, KS, OK, MO, IL, KY, TN, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, VA, DC, MA, PA, NJ, DE

Pictures:  (a few highlights here - there are a lot more in the new Nomadic Serendipity set on Flickr!)

Tab Delivery - 1 Tab vs Winebago Toy Trailer
Wherever I take it, my cute little Tab stands out...

Hand on the Throttle Athens Field Sunrise My Trike & My Bike
Empty City (BRC Build Week -Thursday AM) Conexus Cathedral - Looking Down Conexus Village - Alpha Camp (overhead)
I travel with a paramotor packed into the back of my jeep...

Taking Off - Hat Creek Rim Point of the Mountain (2006) - 2 Point of the Mountain - Group Shot
I've also left the motor behind and have been free flying over Hat Creek Rim (Northern CA) and at the Point of the Mountain, Utah...

Camping on the Beach Crashing Waves Tabbing @ Daytona Beach
I've been to both edges of the continent...

Garden of the Gods Georgia Sunrise Flaming Gorge - Red Canyon
Reflections on Marine World The Mormon Temple Bellagio Fountains Big Brutus
Rocky Mountain High Nashville Parthenon The Disney Magic
I've seen natural and man-made wonders...

Peter - The Architect Conexus Worksite @ Night Three Arches!
The Most Beautiful Cathedral Ceiling Ever... Conexus Cathedral - Final Sunrise Conexus Cathedral - Dawn Twilight
I helped build a Cathedral in the Black Rock Dessert...

Amy's Aura The Man Burns - 2006 The Open Playa
Red Man - Closeup Serpent Mother Purple Hat
I spent two and a half weeks living in another world...

Chris @ Work Kubota Driving Solar - Land & Sea
Raising the Panel... MacBook Pro HD Upgrade Jeep Geeking
I've worked on tractors, jeeps, solar panels, and (of course) computers...

BayCon 2006 - Lego Sith & Jedi BayCon 2006 - Hotel of the Apes! Objects In Mirror...  (Flying Pig)
I've seen more than a few bizarre sights...

San Simeon - Elephant Seal Roar White Rhea Big Horns
And I've seen many wild things...

Pt. Reyes Hike (with Lindsay) Sunshine! Dandyloo Dances Martha's Eggs
Steve & Jeannie Opulent Temple of Scrabble (under construction by Sean) Rebekah @ Home
Jennifer & Zach Greg & Zach Robyn & Daughter Pirates!
Allegra's Tongue Bullet (aka Amy) I Assure You We're Open
Shak & Goyo Tab & Taj Ma'Haul Texaco Joel
Geekly Video Conference RadiKS - Hogwarts Team Photo Lyle & Wyatt
T&A on The Road... Scott, Grandma, Sherry, Mom Bridge Pair
But perhaps best of all - I've gotten to spend lots of time with dear friends and family all over the country.

What Next:
Cherie and I head out May 10th, with a goal to be in San Francisco in time for the ANDC on June 15th.  Between here and there we are tentatively planning stops in Tallahassee, Atlanta, Rock City, Nashville, St. Louis, Lake of the Ozarks, Austin, Colorado, Utah, and Las Vegas.  We'll be hanging around the SF Bay Area through Lindsay's wedding at the end of June.  July and August remain undecided - we may head back east towards Chicago, or we may head north towards Seattle and Canada.  Or perhaps both.  Then comes Burning Man.  And after that, who knows?  (Suggestions on cool people / places / things to stop and see are always appreciated!)

I love that my life is such a wide open adventure. 
And I am thrilled to be starting my next year on the road with a partner by my side.  :-)
14th-Apr-2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
And you will be delighted to meet esmereya (if you haven't already?!) in your travels - I can see why you have connected, considering both your most recent posts. :-)

Cheers from here,

15th-Apr-2007 11:36 pm (UTC) - Stop by and say hi!
Chris (and Cherie!),

Please stop by in the Sacramento area and say hi on your way to SF! I'd love you to visit, even if only for an hour or so!

1st-Apr-2009 06:13 pm (UTC) - Three Years Nomadic
User radven referenced to your post from Three Years Nomadic saying: [...] travel and wilderness backpacking. Amusingly - none of that has happened. Yet. As I mentioned in my year one recap two years ago: I've found that I strongly prefer a slower and more intentional pace of exploration. I like not ... [...]
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