LIKE A COWBOY AND HIS HORSE, AN ARIZONA COUPLE OF THEIR HONDA
Following the Wind and Intuition
On Day 4, in Jackson, WY, we decided to change our plans and do a turn-about-face. Instead of a Tour of the Rockies, our trip became a Tour of the Grand Tetons and of the Sierra Nevadas.
It was then that I received the following comment from my nephew in Belgrade, Serbia:
Well, Bob, that was a surprise, but it put a chuckle on my face when I felt how free you were to do whatever you wanted – yes, we planned this, and it was a wonderful idea, but we just got this idea that we liked better – so, who cares, we can do whatever we want.
That is a priceless feeling! I love it and that’s exactly what I am striving for as well 🙂 But it is not easy, and I guess only the selected few get to get there and in time to truly enjoy it!
And the photos are just stunning – I’m enjoying this together with you two !
Thank you for this, Stasa. Wonderful commentary. And spot on. That’s exactly how I was also feeling when we made this decision. No fixed itineraries. No TSA (airport security). No government rules. We are traveling the way people used to do before all this modern crap. And crap it really is even though most people don’t realize it and are lapping it up as if were porridge.
You were smart enough to realize all this in the context of that decision. I am hoping that there are others, too, among my readers who might be realizing that there is a better way to live than that dictated by others, especially the governments and big corporations.
I was saving this commentary for the end of the trip. EXPLORING THE WEST: Like a cowboy and his horse, like an Arizona couple and their Honda – might be the headline. But you – being so smart – jumped then gun and had me write it now. So thank you.
And now it is also published – as the epilogue to this wonderful trip.
EPILOGUE TO AN EPILOGUE: THE WAY WE WERE…
But then came an “epilogue to an epilogue”on Sep 19 – by my FB friend Louis Foussard:
Louis Foussard: “I used to live in Jackson. Myself and my girlfriend rode there on horseback from Carefree, AZ in 1980. 1,000 mile ride… 3.5 months.”
Bob Altzar Djurdjevic: Wow. That’s impressive. Bet her butt fused into leather, too. 🙂
Louis Foussard We both looked pretty “rough” after a time… but we were 24 years old so… probably looked great to most folks.
Three Shaman’s “Kullas”
As is usually the case on most of our trips, I returned home with three shaman’s “kullas” (special stones that can connect the shaman to geomantic properties of the places from where they came). They were the gifts from Jenny Lake, Wyoming, Yosemite and Lake Mary, California. Over time, I will incorporate them into my “mesa” (shaman’s ‘PDA’)
Our Tour of the Rockies road trip was inspired by the sizzling Arizona summer heat. Or more precisely, trying to get away from it. After 3 months of 105F to 115F weather, and barely three cooler monsoon days in between, we decided to head straight north into presumably cooler mountain areas – all the way to Canada.
Alas, that was not to be. Hot weather and smokey haze generated by widespread forest fires in the western states, stayed with us all the way to Wyoming.