Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tomahawk 1 year Later
Well folks, in 5 days it will be exactly 1 year today since I came back to the USA from my trips to Asia.
It has been an Interesting and enjoyable sojourn all across the USA, Mexico and Central America.I encountered more generosity from strangers then ever before.
I flew into Seattle on October 20th 2009 where my good friend Cody picked me up and drove me about 30 miles out of town where I was able to hitch hike my way to near Seeley lake ,Montana where my good friend Jager picked me up .
Over the next 2 months I explored the Montana mountains with Jager and we hunted Deer, Bear and Elk. I was able to camp out,hike,fish,and share donuts around the fire with my good friend "Alpine" RIP.
From Montana I flew to Mesa,Arizona and then hitch hiked to Douglas,Az where I sold,gave away and threw out all the contents of my storage locker.
Next, I shouldered my pack and went to Kino Bay in Mexico for a few weeks, then back to Arizona where I lived in the Huachuca mountains surviving on dumpster dived MREs and other items.
Around the 7th of July or so, I grabbed my gear, got a wild hair and headed south of the border . I traveled to the Panama canal(and Back)by bus and hitch hiking, spending about 10 days in Guatemala.
On the return trip my stuff was stolen in El Salvador so, I just headed back to Arizona. it was a good trip and Ill probably return there this next winter.
When I got back to Arizona and checked my email, there was a note from my good friend and fellow wilderness bum Tim Smith of the jack mountain guide school in Maine. Tim invited me to come up and be a guest instructor for his fall semester program. Maine is a beautiful place and I could be happy living there.
Another thing about Maine is that my friends and companions gave me the nick name "Whisky Jack" - not after the Booze but rather, it is a local name for the Canada Jay Bird. the old Mainers believe that the Canada jays are reincarnated woodsmen.
After that I hung out at a friend Sean's house in New Hampshire before taking the AMTRAK train to Virginia where I met my friend Chelsea who was driving to Montana and need a co-pilot. To me, Ending my 1 year trek in Montana was fitting.
So, here I am in Montana, looking at my paypal account and contemplating my next move. Im thinking about another south American trip. Perhaps Ill try to scrape up the money for an actual ticket to Colombia. I have a young lady waiting for me there.
Lately my friends have asked me "whats next"? or "are you finished traveling"? etc.
My answer is always an emphatic "Hell No" the adventure has just begun!
I just want to say thank you to all of my friends for their help and support:
Rhys,EV,Cody,Jager,Matt,Ed,Bob,Trapper Jon,Jon M.,Tim,Sean,Dave,Diane,Chelsea and all of the people who donated money to my paypal account.
I hope that I didn't forget anyone!
Tomahawk - Scouts out!