Little Road Trip vacation with Jeff

This is vastly different from Westphalia and the Baron’s castle. Had our friend Pangloss seen El Dorado he would no longer have said that the castle of Thunder-ten-Tronckh was the finest upon earth. It is evident that one must travel.”
Candide – written by Voltaire

My friend Jeff arrives to town while we are drinking fine beer at a closed bar session at Old Mission Brewery, next day we cruise to hot springs where he lets me drive back to Ensenada in his toyota FJ Cruiser, of course we hit insane speeds on ragged dirt roads whilst blasting rad music [Royksopp – What Else is There] after midnight with a crescent moon to light the way, as to my state of mind while driving on the back roads=]

Day 1 of our mini road trip found us at la Gringa beach in Bahia de Los Angeles… beautiful, woke up and jeff was sitting in chair, saw coyotes when I hiked a small peak, did a downhill run on my bike, and my lips swelled up again and started the whole agony over again, now one month of scabbie lips cycle!

Day 2  found us in Mulege which was wiped out from flood, but seriously wiped out, houses down, the rstaurant we had the best rice and beans ever was washed away… Pam, of Pam and John whom we met when riding our bikes through the area, her shoulder is all good due to my acupuncture.  That was a wild one, one of the few people to pass out from my needles, but, all good in the end, looks like I hit the root of it! Mosquitos, mosquitos, mosquitos…. scabbing of my lips has begun…. again, third time now, just kill me.

Day3 La Paz we stayed with coushsurfers Frank and Susy, I stayed in for the first night as my lips were giving proper pain and I cant open my mouth ergo not drinking, actully, even if this clears up i will not be drinking for some time…. at any rate, Frank and his roommate are doctors, very interested in my condition, may have a plan. They went karaoking, I saw Juan of the Dead,  It may be one of the smartest, funnest zombie movies i have seen to date.  I just remembered a book you may dig –  Zombie Haiku, oh, id you know that the CDC has a zombie preparedness plan?  My lips are fully scabbed over.

Day 4 cannot open mouth anymore, amazing how much this has changed me and my outward mood.  I have often heard that all you have to do is smile and eventually your day will turn around.  The opposite appears to be true as well, I feel more somber than ever, I havent really laughed or smiled in a month as everytime I do my lips would crack and it would hurt, so here I am, a month later all serious….
Got a message from Diana that a raccoon came in her window and took the raw chcolate….  Woulda loved to have been there for that!  Lulus Raw Chocolate!

New music…. for me:
Knife- Heartbeats, Pass this on
Royskopp- What Else is There, Alpha Male, Go with the Flow[remake of Queens of the Stoneage]
Pink floyd – High Hopes
Sasha y Digweed – Northern Exposure, Airdrawndagger

Day 5 – Todos santos is ridiculous sick cool, went for a run on the beach, out ran and out manuevered puppy dog, didnt surf, lips are healing, now taking Prednisone and cortico steroids for lips… scabs slowly falling off…
Matthew 12.25: Every Kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
Ask yourself on this day, what is the aim of our nation and our nationalism if not formthe betterment of all mankind as it was stated in the beginning, ask yourself what is the aim of my life as a man or a woman if not to better the life of our progeny and that of our neighbors. Once you have asked and answered these questions in silence and a most profound observance of solemnity, one must come to the idea that action is the only recourse left to us in these times, our world is on the brink as it has been many times, we shall wage peace or we shall continue to wage war, not only against our brothers and sisters of different race and creeds, but, regrettably, on our very dinner tables and sadly.
I whole heartedly entreat you to meditate today, not only on the state of our world and the planet which is founded UPON, but also upon your own small slice of “happiness” and to what extent you will go to protect it from the misguided machinations of those who would continue the long standing tradition of SLAVERY for wealth.
There are sheep who are led to slaughter, and there are sheep that climb the highest mountain tops, ask yourself what you wish for your life and then realize that it is wholly within your power to make it happen. One need only act accordingly to what one wishes to see in the world and so shall it be.

It isnt whether or not man is deluded, it is more a question of what man is deluded by.  A man can be of the persuasion that all is as it is and he can do nothing, or, that he can do anything.  For our times it is an apt observation that man is deluded by the sinking feeling that war and slavery are cornerstones in our civilization or, that peace is just around the corner.  As a mans mood may change from moment to moment, so may a nation.

Day 6 – Cabo Pulmo, beautiful, got a big handful of wacky tabacky from Dive guide, yay bonfires on deserted beaches!  Bummer was searching the beach for wood, finding a good piece and then getting stung by a Yellow Jacket, or a Wasp, or a Hornet, whatever they are, i always have trouble telling them apart since they all look like overloaded military heavy vehicles… That fly and cause extreme pain to the point that they draw blood and make you feel like you got plugged into a million volts…  But then I was thinking, when bitten, do they mark you with a chemical scent [pheromones]? I ask as i was at this point numbly stumbling around looking for wood and I found myself getting close to the same area where I was stung and lo, two of them slowly rose in the air and started coming my way…. hmmmmmmmmmmm, no se.
Did some Tai chi on beach barefoot, difficult as it was on river stones…
If you are an eco tourist you simply MUST com here, but I am appealing to the real deal eco tourists, the ones that actually want to save the areas and not stay in 5 star hotels that destroy the area.

Interesting, you can almost see what kind of person you are by what, where and how you choose to vacation….

Guy pouring liquid fire drink for table on veranda totally enthralls me.

The cook makes me a vegan meal of Beans, guacamole, fries and salsa….

Bon fire and pot tea – wow

A sky like no other, mind boggling how beautiful nature is, should be mandatory for people to look at it, daily.

Flying down deserted beach in Jeffs FJ, middle of No where southern Baja, music is screaming Pink Floyd.

Regretting lack of surfboard just prior San Jose del Cabo, deserted beach with incredibly long breaks…. sigh….

So many butterflies
So many mosquitos… Why did you leave the tent door open?

Day 7, missioning back to Ensenada, checked on our bikes in San Jose del Cabo at Raices y Brazos, YAY!  Untouched by the tropical storm, who is the ninja tarp setter upper!!! =]

A sad note… had to toss wacky tabacky lest the military check points find reason to treat me unfavorably, I hadnt been searched once, but I had this feeling come over me, tossed everything to the land that produced it, and lo, the next checkpoint was there in 10 minutes and this time they did a very thorough search=]   NINJA!

Day 8 – Camped at Playa Coyote, got literally destroyed by mosquitos and two other biting insects I could not identify.  Am now semi addicted to Skeptics Guide to Universe podcast.  Barely made it back to Ensenada as no one would accept Jeffs credit card, he now hates his bank and thanks god for good gas mileage, well, he thanks Toyota, I thank God…

Day 9 – typing stuff to you and doing laundry, back on our bikes in a week and some change=]

No pictures were taken on this trip cause I couldn’t be bothered=]

You can stay here, but you have to eat what we eat…


gentleworldWhile this statement may come off as the seemingly innocuous opening to the beginning of a classic horror flic or at the very least a psychological thriller, it is in fact the beginning of my veganism which is still thundering along some 6 and a half years now.
There I was, confused and wondering what to do, I had just separated ways with my former patron/employer in Hawaii and had no clue of where to go or what to do and the 2 weeks I managed to wrangle for myself was coming to an end. I was spending a lot of time in Hilo, the East Side of Hawaii, super lush and a bit more to do as it had the University there and Pahoa and Puna were super close by.
My birthday was coming and I decided to get a guitar, you know, learn something that would grow into a lover and a best friend, kick around the globe just me n my guee-tar…
Boy oh boy, I called up from an ad I saw posted on the wall of the organic shop in the Hilo shopping center and talked with a guy named Birds. In our talk I told him that if i was gonna drive for 3 hours to get take a look at this guitar, it had better be something special… little did I know what was in store!
I found the house within the myriad of Hawaiiana directions including taking a left after such and such a house, or a right after the yellow children crossing sign and of course, let us not forget to drive by the big grove of pine trees.  True directions that you can really sink your teeth into… Hawaiian style!
When I arrived in my used Toyota 4Runner, which a bit of back story will help for the scene set up as I had been having transmission troubles and losing fluid…
As I was saying…  When I arrived I noticed that some people, plural, gathered round to check me out and in so doing were not looking at me so much as at the ground beneath my truck.
When I got out and introduced myself, I quickly asked a multitude of questions to try and figure out what kind of setting I was now finding myself as I was now semi surrounded by 5 people and no one knew of my guitar.
Who are you guys, does anyone know of a “Birds”, whats the name of this area, is that your farm, why do so many of you live in the house and, why are you all looking at the ground?
To which the eldest gentleman replied, you are at GentleWorld, we’re a vegan community, yes this is all ours including the farm, Birds is down at the garden [farm], and you’re truck is leakin’ all the way down our driveway, looks like you aren’t going to be able to get very far… well, you can stay here, but you have to eat what we eat.”
“What do you eat” I asked with no small amount of trepidation.
“We’re Vegan”, he replied, he being Light, the main founder at the Gentle World Community.

On that day, my life was forever transformed, my first meal of the day was scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and homefreis with butter, toast with butter and coffee.  My next meal would be a giant salad, seitan with some sort of gravy and steamed kale and swiss chard.  I would never turn back to my original way of eating.

Thus began a three month training in which I not only learned farming and how to replace a Toyota Transmission seal, which, if you have never had the joy of said work, imagine taking two months of 3 to 4 hours a day disassembling the entire drive train from a vehicle only to realize the part you are replacing is a 7 dollar ‘o’ ring, that would usually cost 1500 in labor to install [By doing ‘impossible’ tasks, you demystify your world and let in room for real magic]!  What horses ass is responsible for auto design is beyond me.

But I digress from why you are hear…  I learned how to be vegan, which is a bit more complex than simply ditching meat and diary in exchange for fruits, nuts and veggies.

One of the biggest set backs for people aspiring to make the change, is precisely to much of a headstrong charge, almost as though they are worried that they may change their minds.  Next thing they are at the grocery store buying up anything and everything that does not include eggs, milk or meat [this includes fish, yes I have been asked it that many times that I need to reinforce this fact – HEAVILY=].  Upon returning home you look at your assorted groceries on the table, floor, refrig and wonder to yourself…WTF?

As with anything, go into it with eyes wide open and as the story relates, give it some time… give any change in your life some time.  Anything worth having takes time.

You are going to have to learn some basics about what your body needs to survive and since you are doing this for your overall health to feel better, you want to know what your body needs to thrive.  Big difference between the two.  One is stoked to be alive the other is trying to figure out how best to stay that way.

I was most fortunate to find, or perhaps to be found by Gentleworld as one of the biggest surprises to me came about the 2nd to 3rd month in where I began to heavily detox.  You must first get a clear understanding of the food you are eating when you eat animal products.  There is a lot of saturated fat, in this saturated fat is all manner of chemicals and antibiotics and anything else that was going on/in/or around the animals world.  it is now in you.  Further, when you eat animal products you “trap” fragments of your world as well.  I do believe at one point I nearly fell out during a particularly hard days work with what i can only describe as a coke flashback!

Again, being with this group allowed me to understand what was happening and to make it through this portion of the experience where i would come to learn many people assume the diet is making them sick, when in fact, the exact opposite is happening and they are finally breaking through to a level of health as yet unexperienced by them!  It literally pays to have guidance from such a solid grounded source like the Gentleworld Community!

Thats the story of how I became vegan.  In the next article Im gong to pen my musings to this electronic sheet and do my best to make a pain free as possible transition to a healthier way of eating which will be plant based and dairy free.  Aloha!