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...appreciating the journey...


"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."
~Lin Yutang

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...finding the right road...


"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."
~Dag Hammarskjold

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...do not travel without love...


"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."
~Ernest Hemingway

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...a dangerous business...


"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
~J.R.R. Tolkien

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...it always rains on tents...


"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent."
~Dave Barry

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...not knowing...




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The Journey Continues: Things on the Way

It's been a wild few weeks, and rest assured that there are more things in the works. I've got a big trip coming up in August, and I attended (part of) Tiny Fest Midwest back in June. There will be some posting on that. In the meantime, I'm in the midst of a couple of other projects:

  • Prepping for Omaha Comic Con (O-Con), which is this weekend, and ironically held in Council Bluffs, IA, just across the river. I'm going as Domino from Deadpool 2. That means it's costume time, and I'm spending a lot of time working on mine. The word "all-consuming" comes to mind.
  • The Totems 2018 Group Art Show is coming up, with opening reception happening the following weekend (the 20th). There'll be all kinds of artwork there, and I'll be putting a piece or two into the show, so it should be interesting. Here's the flyer:

Totems Opening Reception July 20th
Runs July 20th - August 10th
So, if you like totem spirits, local art, any kind of art, or just local stuff, and are in the Omaha Metro area the weekend of July 20th or any time up until August 10th, stop by the Harvest ArtSpace Gallery, and see some amazing pieces. Check out the Facebook page for more info.

In the meantime, stay tuned for some new stuff happening in August (maybe sooner), including the official launch of my Patreon page, as well as the start of my Tiny House adventures in the fall, and Happy Journeys!


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...are we not there yet?...


"I love to travel, but hate to arrive."
~Hernan Cortes

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Apache Blessing


Apache Blessing
May the Sun bring you new by Day
May the Moon softly restore you by Night
May the Rain wash away your worries
May the Breeze blow new strength into your being
May you walk gently throughout the world
And know its beauty all the days of your life

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...that which travels with me...


"For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul. If somebody suddenly asks me, 'Where's your home?' I think about my sweetheart or my closest friends or the songs that travel with me wherever I happen to be."
~Pico Iyer

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...no fixed plans...


"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."
~Lao Tzu

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Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo: Asian Highland Opening

Recently, I got invited to the opening of the first phase of the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. I went with my brother (who works there and extended the invite) and my friend Christina. We grabbed our cameras to get a few shots. Check it out!

Exhibit Entrance

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SOC: The ATX Farewell Tour - Part III: Final Farewells

Andromeda Cv., Austin, That 
My last week in Austin was an amazing whirlwind of fun, exhaustion, and bittersweet moments. The previous posts have focused on what makes Austin Austin... that barely definable thing that makes this city weird, and on the Art of the city. This final post then, is about my last day and the people I was leaving behind. Enjoy.

Last Day / Mother's Day


My final day in Austin was Mother's Day. I had hoped for a peaceful jaunt about the city but, as always, the Universe had other plans. We had parted company with Jaya and were on our own for transportation. I had booked a reservation for a rental car, but the rental did not go through as planned, so we took a Car2Go instead. 

Note:

If you've never taken one of these, it is an interesting experience. They are not terribly comfortable, being SmartCars, but they are incredibly useful for a town like Austin, which has a large population of people who travel via bike, bus, and foot. 
Mom and I finally got underway for some "relaxing" nature time...of course, it was pretty hot. So the trek up to 360 point was a bit more taxing than either of us would have liked. But come on, that view:

SOC: The ATX Farewell Tour - Part II: Austin = Art


Sea Turtle
[Seeking title & artist]
If you've been checking things out so far, you've already read my "short" profile of Austin in a previous post. The Summer of Color (SOC) continues, then, with the main event for my final Austin revelries: touring art and history in Austin with my mom.

This part of the Austin Farewell Tour began with Mom's entrance via plane. She arrived, as always: pink outfit, purple (magenta, really) hair, and Supernatural-themed jewelry. Yep, this one belongs to me. I got my ticket claim right here.

After collecting bags and mandatory trips to the bathroom, we jetted outside to meet Jaya. I can't stress enough my appreciation to both my friends, BMFD - who allowed the use of his truck for us to jet around town - and Jaya - my dear brother who chauffeured us about. Without them, we could not have done nearly the amount of sight-seeing that we did. Mad love to you both, brothers.

The rest of the day passed in a whirlwind. We ran past where I'd been staying the last couple months, grabbing all my stuff and hot-footing it, through excruciating afternoon traffic, to our home for the next week: Chez Z (not to be confused with Chez Zee, the restaurant). The fun was just beginning...

Review: TravelJohn™ Disposable Urinals - Pragmatism Is In

"An Ode to Practicality in the Face of the Icky"


Summer is upon us: time of camping and festivals. I know you may not feel comfortable talking about this, or even thinking about it, but it's something we all face when out at our favorite festival, road-tripping across the country, or trekking our favorite countryside. That's right: toilets. This dread topic is perhaps the most annoying and deromanticizing aspect of travel. Figuring out how you're going to *ahem* "relieve yourself" in those off-the-beaten-path excursions can kill the wanderlust mood like no other, but mastering this pragmatic process puts you in the upper echelons of "pro" travelers and makes your vacation time a breeze. So how do I do this? The TravelJohn™.

Oh, yes. It's time to "Review & Recommend."

First, story time (you can page down to "Pros & Cons", if you're in a hurry): I pee a lot in the night. Actually, I pee a lot all the time, because I have what I liken to the bladder of a toddler at a movie theater. This seems to be a common issue on my mom's side of the family. Back when I actually was a young child, I learned that road-tripping also meant bringing an empty jug along....just in case. This also applied to things such as camping, hiking/backpacking, and moving (which we did a lot). 

Disturbing as some may find it, the "pee jug" was one of the best things about those times. Learning about something so fundamental as where and when I can stop to go to the bathroom, made me much better at planning ahead for trips, even just a particularly hellish commute. I got good at things like checking the map for the next rest stop, planning drinks accordingly, avoiding peak drive times, and how to spy a good gas station toilet from the highway.

As such, I moved into adulthood without a general need for the pee jug, and it was retired.

That is, until I started going to Burning Man.

Returning soon!

Hello, Dear Reader.

The year dawned busy for me, with illness, a new job, and a family emergency (recovery is in progress). I am catching up and will be back with you soon. Stay tuned for the next installment of the Summer of Color, as well as some posts about current events here in the Midwest.

Train: On the road through a fog-soaked Missouri.
We beat the snow storm that was scheduled for that night,
and were treated to this amazing scenery.
[Click for a better view]



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