Headed West

My mind is on the tracks, my friend
My trumpet’s blown its course
And heaven forgive, I’m headed west
It’s the way of the sun and the source
I’ve drummed from bounty’s brimming cup
I’ve supped the luck I’m due
And with timeliness and fire afoot
Go ask my marching crew

— Fol-de-rol, Johnny Flynn

plane wingtip and clouds photo

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An oddly personal TSA appraisal

The transport security officer rifles my carry-on luggage, removing an oversized bottle of after-sun. He peels back a plastic bag revealing a loose, damp swimsuit piece and leans in toward me, smiling knowingly.

I can tell you’re the adventurous type.   I don’t think you mind roughing it.

TSA officer

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The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.

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Mid-life Crisis Adventure

Hello again. I’m currently gearing up for another odyssey to the USA. It’s been too long (as one of my readers noted) so I’m heading out to the USA in April to see some friends and have an adventure.

Pins on maps, always fun

Pins on maps, always fun

First up is possibly my most visited US city, San Francisco. I’m using sites such as couchsurfing and workaway (volunteer to work for accommodation) to find more engaging places to stay.

San Francisco 2008

San Francisco 2008

Workaway led me to a ranch that uses rational horse gentling (taming and training) techniques to train wild mustangs in New Mexico. If they accept my application I’ll finally become a cow girl, for a while at least.

Next up is Merlefest in North Carolina, for the finest bluegrass, moonshine in jars, and some proper breakfasts with Southern grits. I’m volunteering there too, to meet more people and be a part of the festival.

One of many impromptu jams in the instrument tent

One of many impromptu jams in the instrument tent

Finally perhaps a little city slicking in New York with an old friend before returning home.

If we’re acquainted (or not actually) and you fancy being a new pin on my map, do drop me a note via the contact page on my video editing site.

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