Incoming On The Snailmail


The free-range Postal snails should be carrying these down the scenic, yet perilous trails leading into the Wannaseeamoose Valley in the next few days.

A mildly used Bark River Northstar that comes with a custom prototype sheath, as well as this amazing one, custom-made and hand-tooled in dragonscale from Diomedes Industries. I also get the original BR sheath.


Ummmm…. NO

Just about everything that is NOT about my camping experience…

  • staged as he11
  • looks good/ sleeps poorly on dem rocks
  • tiki torches
  • faux Chinese lanterns [and bulky power pak]
  • old railroad lanterns
  • “Paddle faster. I hear banjo music”
  • a firelog tote !!!

Still, a lovely spot, a great view and a nice evening….



Going Artdoors…




To reach Chrysanthemum River
I always follow Ch’ing Gorge Stream
Through the mountains, through
Ten thousand twists and turns—
A fine trip and not a hundred li.
The noise among boulders is tremendous,
The view into pines, serene;
Swirling water chestnut,
Distilled reflections of reeds.
My original mind is unstriving,
A pure, tranquil stream, like that.
I could stay on some big rock slab
Fishing, forever.

              ~Wang Wei

                 Color Of Nature Gorge



Never forget there is a place where nature does not know your name. Where boulders have no awareness of your troubles. Where the sky dances without anyone to watch or care. Never forget that you are made of this same stuff, this same potential, this same joy. Never forget that this life of yours is only a wisp of time and your days are, in fact, but a few. With this remembering, return to your life, your troubles, your tasks. With this remembering, you will once again find your way.

[Unposted, and found in the old drafts files… ]


Now… go check out this post>>

Consider the trees

which allow the birds to perch and fly away

without either inviting them to stay

or desiring them never to depart.

If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the way.

— Zen Proverb