After wandering through the redwoods for several hours on acid they finally found the road. It was dark and I spotted them in my headlights waving me down. Just what in the Hell were they doing on a dark road in the redwoods? Curiosity made me stop. It was obvious from their good manners and clean cut college kid looks that they were simply lost and looking for their car. The acid use was not immediately apparent.
I invited them to hop in and help themselves to the open bar and the refrigerator. They were hepped up on the exhilaration of road tripping for seven days and the residual high of absorbing the life force from the forest. They shared their epic journey with Free Wind and me.
We smoked the ceremonial peace pipe of the digital vagabond tribe and ended up sharing a campsite and fire. But their energy and enthusiasm for life and travel got me higher than anything else.
In this land of TV programmed consumers, their hunger for real life and experience made me think – “Hey, the kids are all right”.
Sure the planet may be melting and spinning out of control and drowning in debt. But wanderlust, intellectual curiosity and drug experimentation were alive and well in generation RX (or what ever the current acronym is).
The next morning after a late breakfast of French toast and tea we broke camp. I gave them a copy of the bible “Vagabonding in the USA” by Ed Buryn for the road. These vagabonds were on their way back to the Seattle area and Free Wind and me were heading south to the hippie dippie college town of Arcata near Humbolt State University.
Some how I suspect these young vagabonds and I will cross paths again both online and on the road. I’ll be in the Seattle area this summer and I will look them up. They will certainly be invited to the first gathering of the Digital Vagabond Tribe.
Next Stop – Â Pot City USA – Arcata, California