The Journey

Welcome friends, family and fans! This is where you come to join me on my adventure. 

New Music Videos!

I've been doing a ton of video editing lately, and here are two new ones thematically related. "Dissolve" is inspired from a Winston Churchill short horror story called "Man Overboard" which is how I often feel. "Underground" is about feeling like you're buried up to the neck and everything is falling apart around you:
Underground



Dissolve

   
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Cyclone Winston - Surviving a near death experience

It's been a long time since I posted anything to this journal. There's been a lot to document, and honestly the near death experience we went through was very emotional and very difficult to process, and I've unfortunately always been a bit prone to, well let's call it 'emotional instability'. Samantha and I tried to figure out how to approach telling our story and eventually just kind of gave up altogether. What follows is what we had drafted from Samantha's point of view, with some editing and a few…

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A Moment of Tranquility

It was wonderful to be out of the city and back in our beautiful jungle. The next two days we worked on organizing our new supplies and improving our camp. Finally we had our camp set up perfectly, we were glamping! The chooks were happy to see us after two weeks of fending for themselves. They're always good for some entertainment. 

We were happy, comfortable and ready to start building prep the next day. It was a call for celebration, good thing we'd brought some beer and wine back from Suva! We had some…

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Dreaded Suva Supply Run

We dreaded the trip to Suva to get supplies and materials for our workshop. From our idyllic, jungle home to threading through throngs of people and playing Frogger with city buses and taxis. The morning after arriving in Fiji's industrial and shipping capital, we were wishing that roosters were the only noise to awaken us. With Jim and mom's help we had done a lot of planning to make a workshop/storage room and thought we had our materials list ready to go. A few days became almost two weeks as it turned…Read more
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Plans, Progress, and Rocky's Sacrifice


It's been nice having the time to put more effort into our block. Laural gave us a bunch of ornamental cuttings and some stuff for the garden. Our neighbors across the way, Alex and Isa, offered to let us have a couple of lemongrass cuttings too, they are supposed to help keep the mozzies away. It's great having cool neighbors! Now we have several banana trees in the ground and we're working on adding some color and design to some of the special spaces around the land. Things are transforming.

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Chooks and Chainsaws


I've been talking about catching one of the bush chickens for dinner at some point and it appears that now I have an open opportunity, although I'm not sure I'll be able to do it. We've been adopted by what's now a small chicken family. When they first started hanging around there was a hen, her seven chicks and a rooster stalking around in the background.


A couple days later a feral cat got five of the chicks in one afternoon. Several days later the two remaining chicks are bigger, there's been no sign…

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The Challenges of Life in the Jungle

It's been a huge learning experience out here. Every day there's so much new to learn. Probably the biggest challenge is that we've been spending so much time trying to make our camp more comfortable that we've had relatively little time to spend on the permanent spaces. That should be changing now aside from some stuff like erosion control our camp is done. We spent the last week completing the stove area, we've put a thatched roof over it to keep the sun and rain off of us while we cook. I wish we had…

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Is this reality?

Lately I've been feeling like we're on a reality TV show. I'm sitting here tending the fire to cook cassava, the local root vegetable. We're in the middle of the South Pacific on a small tropical island, in a camp we've spent several weeks working on, and out of the blue I get a message saying that my birth mother is trying to get in touch with me. I've known I was adopted since I can remember but I never really thought I'd meet my birth-family.

Well, we did get in touch. I had a long conversation with a…

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Back in the Wilderness Camp


Our first day back was good, aside from the mozzies. Lewai made a wall and finished up some benches in the “living room”.  We put up our mozzie net and made a little refuge. We made a big meal of cassava, daal (split peas), and bele on our rocket stove.  I got word from the radio DJ and fantastic singer Neesy Smith that she was giving the track Mr. Sun on 3MDR radio in Melbourne's east hills! We slept great, the bed is very comfortable! 

We got up early and tried to save time and firewood by making food…

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Lost in the Wilderness?

Sunday I left Samantha at the Bali House and navigated a little trail through the jungle to visit Lewai's family settlement. Between Lewai and his brothers there are a couple of carpenters and a contractor with tools we can rent. The track splits at a few points, so I was hoping that I was tracking the most used one.

The island is only 42 square miles, but that's enough to easily get lost. I would not even attempt that kind of thing in Costa Rica without a local who knows the area. Come to think of it I…

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