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note # 22: I am thinking maybe i am tired & road fellows


I am thinking maybe i am tired. My senses a little dulled, my brain a little slow, my giggles a little low. But i am thinking it is the kind of tired that comes from extra being, maybe? Intense living. So much to recall and process. So much to archive.

7 months on the road.

Quieter. A sporadic social life, hours on the road, stranger in many stops, even the longer ones, somewhat in that sense a mellower life in general. But the truth of it, the reality is, it is a huge trip. Seen and felt and touched and tasted a span of a continent. This last trip alone, from the stop in New Mexico to the stop in California, drove through the Navajo Nation, stopped at the Grand Canyon and slept in Joshua Tree. In the waters of the Pacific a few meters off the soft sands of Santa Claus Lane, swam with sharks and dolphins, the creatures that made an appearance.

Some of the road fellows are:

Rabbits large and small brown and grey cold and hot

Desert rabbits or a miniscule deer

Baby owls flying

Manatee drinking rain water

Magpies graced every morning

Dogs

Chicken

Dolphins

Squirrels

Chipmunks they squeak

Mice

Rat a rat walked the tightrope wire above our heads and almost slipped

Skunks dead and alive

One blackwidow all with a red shaped thing on its big round body

Cows grazing dozing gazing in the shade by the tree

Horses close and far

Sheep

Crocodiles drop jaw

Alligators

Snakes have a special way of moving

Flamencos

Frogs

Humans strangers and friends

Opossum mostly dead

An animal with really pink legs like a big rat or a small opossum walking calmly by the road

Scorpion dead

Foxes crossing the street

Weasels funny things

Gophers

Many roadkill

Female elk a group at dusk in the field and one that crossed the road right in front of us

Llama

Elpaca

Coyotes heard a band and half saw one cross the sakia

Donkey funny enough not that many

Vultures

Hawks

Many birds of all sorts of sizes

Cardinals

Eagles

Ravens

Woodpeckers

Blue herons

White herons

Pelicans

Tortoises water ones and land ones small and very large

Roadrunners

Hummingbirds

Fish - trout

Pigs

Ducks

Cats

Goats + goat just born babies

Turkeys

Lizards

Tobias’s special lizard

Bobcat maybe

Deer they sometimes responded to my calling

White shark swam with it once before we knew and once after we knew

Sea lions a really dead one with the color draining until it was almost green-white

Seals

Mosquitoes

Flies

Grasshoppers

Bees

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