It was quite scary when I first start driving and backing up 23 foot long, 8 foot wide Dharma, my camper van. Great side mirrors but a small, high back window with NO VISIBILITY behind the van. Thank goodness I had a back up camera installed. Slowly, I have learned to coordinate the eyeballs bouncing back and forth between the two side mirrors and the … Continue reading Machismo Parking
Desert sunrises and sunsets have been spectacular, reminding me of South India’s sunsets. We’re not near the equator in Southern California- is it the dust in the air, or the moisture of clouds, that refracts the light into gorgeous pink, yellow and purple swirls? The camping life has reoriented my relaxed, retired-woman sleep patterns. It’s quiet and still at night and I don’t want to … Continue reading Oh the quiet sunrise!
I relished the simple, rustic desert art that students and friends have left at Dhamma Dena, Ruth Denison’s desert retreat center near Joshua Tree National Park. And then my Iphone and I created some of our own desert art in the early morning sun! Continue reading Desert Art at Dhamma Dena
The wind whistled this morning, and early morning light glowed on the gracefully aging buildings at Dhamma Dena, Ruth Denison’s desert retreat center in Joshua Tree, California. Ruth died this year and many mourn. Dharma, my van, and I were kindly hosted by gay partners Chris and Greg, temporary caretakers of Ruth’s land. Chris and Greg, on a spiritual pilgrimage, happened to visit and were invited … Continue reading Ruth Denison has passed but her legacy lives on at Dhamma Dena
Tres Placitas, a small community in Santa Fe, has a fairly long history as a co-housing village, but has struggled with unity and community. Long-time resident Isabel Partlett Lipscomb says there were several factors that contributed to past disconnections. The community decided to save money for a common house, rather than build one at the beginning. Later, several vocal residents opposed the savings plan, arguing … Continue reading Tres Placitas, a cohousing community in transition
What does one eat on the road without eating out? Well, ask a solid compulsive overeater like me, and a talented cook to boot. Here’s what’s happening on my road! I stocked the pantry with LOTS of food- packaged Indian curries, boxes of easy-to-cook rice and quinoa, oatmeal and dried fruit, cans of beans and coconut milk and evaporated milk, nuts and honey and spices of … Continue reading Camper Van Culinary Delights and Compulsive Eating
I had no idea that Oregon has crazy high gas prices compared to other regions! I’ve been reveling in the relative low cost of gas in the Southwest- Maybe I can assuage my guilt a little bit at driving an 11 mpg van! Not. If I keep up this lifestyle, I need to buy a new vehicle with better gas mileage. Research shall begin soon! Continue reading omg- $2.14 for gas in New Mexico!