Today I am starting a travel blog. Days seem long. A lot is happening and then not much is happening. Today I am sitting in the Whole Foods in Sedona at Bar 1902 writing on my computer and listening to noise cancelling sound so I can think. I’ll start at this moment and work backwards until I tire of it. I just switched over to my laptop because my Bluetooth keyboard wasn’t working for my Ipad. I walked out to my car and fished out my laptop from under the passenger seat. I walked back to the café and pulled it out of it’s case. I found it to be wet, the case. I am so glad that the bluetooth keyboard wasn’t working. At first I was frustrated. Why the heck isn’t this thing working?? But after discovering my wet laptop case, I saw the bigger picture. Because my laptop might no longer be functional if it had sat in a wet case for even minutes longer.
The water came from my dromedary that was leaking on the car floor. I filled up the water bladder yesterday at the Red Rocks Ranger Station of Highway 179 at 8:50am. I found the black bladder served as a perfect solar shower the day before. On the previous day, I filled it up with water from Beaver Creek. I was slightly concerned that there might be parasites in the non-filtered water, so I planned to fill it with filtered water the next day.
I arrived in Sedona on Wednesday, January 3. I’ve been living out of my car since Monday, January 1. On Monday, I slept in a parking lot in North Phoenix next to my mom and Dave (in their camper van). On Tuesday, I slept at the Sunset Point Rest Area off of I-17 near Black Canyon City. I missed the sunset by just a few minutes… On Wednesday, after arriving in Sedona and familiarizing myself with the town, I drove out to Lawrence Crossing off Forest Road 121 just east of I-17 from Highway 179. Lawrence Crossing is a free, dispersed, walk-in campground 3.5 miles down mellow dirt road directly on Beaver Creek. I stayed there Wednesday and Thursday night. I was almost the only person there for 36 hours. A couple showed up on Thursday at 10am and left at 11am. Also, another couple drove through the round-about around 6pm as I was cooking Kunyi out of the back of my car. They didn’t stop. Friday, I came back into Sedona. I met a German woman named Aysha while at breakfast at The Chocolatree and we went on a hike together to Mount Wilson around 11:30am. After the 11 mile hike, we went to dinner at The Golden Goose. I got Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes. She got seared Ahi with au gratin potatoes. The food was decent. The service was superb. After dinner we said a sweet and heart-felt good-bye. She drove back to Surprise, Arizona and I drove 5 miles south of Sedona on Highway 89A to Forest Road 525. I found a dirt pullout to park in and sleep. There was a lot more competition off FR 525. It seems I’m not the only one living in their vehicle around here.
When people ask me what I do, I say I’m a writer and a world traveler.