Testing the water with my big toe… seeing if I’m ready to start writing again

The date is April 7th and the water temp in the Gulf offshore from Port Aransas Texas is 68 degrees. Far from the comfort of the soothing hot springs of my beloved Valley View Hot Springs in Colorado. But for this time of year in a late spring on the Coastal Bend, 68 isn’t too bad. That being said, to actually wade out into the 68 degree surf is to say, at the least a breath-taking experience proportional to the depth of the wade and duration of your conviction.

I have mentioned before my degree of frustration navigating my way through WordPress processes and to a lesser extent, dealing with connecting to the Web in remote and unfamiliar areas.  Part of traveling and living alone is the desire to share the excitement of exploration, consternation and exhilaration of seeing and experiencing new places and meeting new people. When pared down, it’s all about validation. Validation that I was here. I did these things and I experienced wonderous adventures and met truly beautiful people along the way. I record daily in my journals and keep a video diary but those will most likely never be seen or read. To blog is different.

Here I can write to an unknown audience and upon posting, so far, people from 17 different countries have followed my journey. Amazing, simply amazing. I’m about a month away from leaving the shelter of the Southern Gulf Coast and head west back to Colorado, Utah or New Mexico. Since I don’t have constant internet connection, the opportunity to make frequent posts is impossible so, as I have done in the past, I write everything long hand and then from the drafts make posts when I feel like it or have the opportunity. Anything I might post could be real-time or it could be from last year when I hiked the arches and canyons of Utah.

If you enjoy following my trek through the autumn of my traveling days, be patient and I will bring you along with me as much as I can. maybe someday we could even share a campfire under a star filled Colorado night! I wish you all good roads and safe travels.

Rachael

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donna
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 06:17:03

    Hey girl…so glad to see you’re still around! I’m still at Aransas NWR and will be here through the summer with short trips planned to NC in June and Oct. Thanks for posting!!!

    Donna at Aransas NWR, Coastal Bend of Texas

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  2. sheeluhh
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 07:39:40

    Once again you paint a picture for us, the reader, and we end of feeling like we are right there with you.
    In fact, my toes are wet now.
    see u in august!
    Ly!
    S&M

    Reply

  3. The Good Luck Duck
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 09:32:28

    To blog is different. Glad you’re trying it again, if only for selfish reasons.

    Reply

  4. Ron
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 17:27:21

    It is great to hear you are still following your dream of freedom that we all still have in this great country and seeing what is around the next bend. I too hope to someday share a campfire.

    Reply

  5. Dave
    May 20, 2013 @ 15:03:55

    Hi Rachel,

    I loved the YouTube video when I watched it a couple of years ago and am glad to see you are still going strong.

    Don’t let the small minded haters on YouTube get you down.

    Reply

  6. Nancy
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 00:01:02

    So glad to have found your blog. I saw your video’s and have wondered about you several times.

    Dave is right, f**k’em and feed ’em fish heads. You are an amazing woman to 1. Survive and thrive after the hand you were delt and 2. Anyone, man or woman, that can do what you have done with your van….my Lord! It looks like a professional job. Did you have experence with doing electrical work? Amazing!

    Reply

  7. LG
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 09:08:12

    There are readers, like me, who are stuck in place and can’t get away to do what you are doing. Your record lets us live vicariously through your adventures. I appreciate whatever you choose to write about whenever you are able to write it. LG

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  8. Nancy
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 23:55:28

    OK girly. It’s time to check in again. If you’re ever in Mesquite TX let me know and we’ll stomp on some grapes and kill a steer.

    Reply

    • rach2bfree
      Jul 22, 2013 @ 17:47:05

      Nancy, I’m checking back in and if you’re willing to kill a steer and stomp grapes then by all means, I’m in!! Let it cool off a tad and I’ll be swinging back your way on my journey to the coast this winter.

      Reply

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