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The Journey is the Destination


Why O why did I ever leave my hobbit-hole?” said poor Mr. Baggins, bumping up and down on Bombur’s back.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

I used to love travelling…

Now I love staying at home, caring for my plants, reading, walking, playing with my dogs, looking at my cats and wondering how they manage to be so beautiful if they are the equivalent of 98-old human years…

I haven’t travelled far for the last 10 years. Only by ferry, bus or train, going to the wonderful Gulf Islands, to the Sunshine Coast, Bowen or Vancouver Island…

I’m packing my stuff, backpacking to Shawnigan Lake where I’ll be sharing info about disaster management, emergency preparedness and First Aid with my friends at OUR Ecovillage…and staying at the cozy cob house…

Then ferrying to Port Angeles, Seattle and Portland…

Not all those who wander are lost.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

This is not just a “vacation” but a journey…I’ll be travelling alone for the first leg of my trip: endless time to re-connect, to read, to think, to breath, to dream…

This trip is part of my ever changing and evolving career path towards the gift and the sharing economies, towards doing what I love and I believe in, towards building resilience in myself and others…

I do not drive but this quote summarizes what travelling is…even for female hobbits like me…

What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

4 thoughts on “The Journey is the Destination”

  1. Love The Hobbit. We could learn much about friendship from Bilbo Baggins, Frodo, Peregrin Took, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Samwise Gamgee. Happy and safe travels, Silvia.

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    1. Hi Jeff, The Hobbit and the trilogy make a special bond I have with my two sons…I absolutely love the books and the stories…thanks for the good wishes, will be far from blogs and emails and close to cliffs, long beaches and my loved rain forest…visiting “City Repair” and other Permaculture-like projects and enjoying a good book 🙂
      Take care…and may Mordor continue losing its power (saddly, it is haphazardly and paranoically moving its many arms and taking many down with it!)…may hobbits and elves prevail 🙂

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      1. I just took a much needed road trip with family to the Chesapeake Bay and Smoky Mountains. The emails and blogs can wait, enjoy the r&r.

        Btw, I read a book about called “The Omnivores Dilemna” while on my trip. An interesting read which talked about the commodization of the food supply, especially how we’ve trained grass eating animals to eat corn. The author highlights local farms that are bucking the trend.

        Long live the hobbits!

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      2. I just took a much needed road trip with family to the Chesapeake Bay and Smoky Mountains. The emails and blogs can wait, enjoy the r&r.

        Btw, I read a book called “The Omnivores Dilemna” while on my trip. An interesting read which talked about the commodization of the food supply, especially how we’ve trained grass eating animals to eat corn. The author highlights local farms that are bucking the trend.

        Long live the hobbits!

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