09.16.15: Northglenn Pirate Fest and Ball

2016 Northglenn Pirate Festival (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27609) - New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 16, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography


2016 Northglenn Pirate Festival (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27609)

Friday, 16 September 2016
Northglenn, Denver, Colorado

Early to rise, running late, the adventuring duo – Sir Thomas Oisin Leaf and Cian the Prince of Endurance headed out to prepare for their first festival to vend together without Lady Etain. Packing up the trailer with merchandise, Prince Cian playing with Evie during the morning while Daddy packed up. Onwards down the highway they went to Northglenn, to meet up with Lady Bella at the city park. Lady Bella beat the duo, and guided them to the parking area, registration, and helped watch the young Prince while Sir Leaf was building the booth. Bella and Cian had a blast in the water park and playground, and Sir Leaf slowly built the booth, then later Bella and Cian helped finish setting up the booth and decorating. The festival was starting to look amazing. Around 3, it was time to head Prince Cian over to his first babysitting experience while Sir Leaf vended the booth alone for the masquerade ball. Alas though, traffic was a nightmare, it took almost 2 hours for Sir Leaf to get the Prince to the sitters, and then another 2 hours back to the festival. He was supposed to have the booth in full operation at 5:30 pm, but due to traffic, didn’t open until 7 pm. Customers streamed in as he put final touches on the booth and he got a surprise visit from his old friends Lady Kira and Sir David. Sir Leaf was so happy to see them. Wonderful booth mates next door watched his booth for him to go awander, and the mermaid stage was stunning. The pirate ship across from his booth in the lake was mesmerizing. It was a good night. Sir Leaf also heard from the sitters that the young Prince went to use the potty for the first time. A very proud daddy moment indeed. Sad though, it had to also be his very first babysitting experience too and missing that moment. A good evening for both, Sir Leaf – customers, pirates, and vending; and Prince Cian – playing with kids, building blocks, watching cartoons, and having his first big boy experience. A win win for all.

2016 Northglenn Pirate Festival (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27609) - New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 16, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography


2016 Northglenn Pirate Festival (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27609) – New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 16, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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09.15.16: Forms, Painting, Potty Training

Painting for a friend - New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 15, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

Painting for a friend – New Life in Colorado

Thursday, 15 September 2016
Denver, Colorado

Prince Cian awoke at 9 am saying “Good Morning Daddy!” all excited for the new day. First off, he wanted to watch Team Umizoomi, his all time favorite cartoon. Nestled in his new home, he was sad to see the baby Princess Evie head off to daycare but happy to spend a day hanging with dad, and cartoons on demand. Afterwards, Sir Thomas Leaf gave the wee one a bath which Prince Cian was ecstatic that he didn’t have to wash his hair during. They then had breakfast and read stories, followed by heading out for work. Today Prince Cian and Sir Thomas Leaf set off to paint house for a friend. Prince Cian mimicked his daddy by pretending to paint the playhouse with the paint roller while his dad was up high on a ladder painting the roof trim. After several hours of painting, they headed into town to visit the library to print out a shipping label, grab lunch, and renew the cell phone. Back at home, they hooked up the trailer to get ready for their vending adventure with pirates tomorrow. Prince Cian was more clingy than usual, but all fun for sure.

Sir Thomas had Prince Cian try out some big boy underwear in hope that he’d want to use the potty. He didn’t seem to notice it was any different than a diaper. So Sir Thomas Leaf had to return to the drawing board to figure the next step. Potty Training 101. They returned home and awaited their housemates.

The house mates returned from work, and the family hung out chatting into the wee hours of the night. Good times and a good night.

Painting for a friend - New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 15, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

Painting for a friend – New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken September 15, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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The Rise and Fall of a Technogypsie

Life of a Nomad, Our rise and fall

From the journal of Sir Thomas Leaf McGowan, 16 August 2016

    “Its amazing how many people asked us during a weekend we were vending last month … “So Leaf, where are you living these days – you seem to be everywhere?” to which i replied “We live everywhere.” they often respond back with something like “No, I mean where do you live?” and we say “We are nomads.” They say, “where is your home base?” and the truth is we have a mailbox and storage unit in Hood River and a storage unit in Phoenix Oregon. When they find out we live in tents or sometimes crash in a small cargo trailer, you can see the natural judgements and thoughts flash across their eyes, and suddenly without words their “gypsy” friends become different in their eyes. We hid our situation very well. “Nomads” follow “resources” … and we do that, living on the road in many ways. Originally by choice. Now by the economic climate here in the U.S. We simply can’t afford first & last month rent plus security deposit in a landscape where rents are so extremely high. We live paycheck to paycheck, and its not enough to provide that. Nor is our income sources, sedentary.

    (1) I was a “temporary” contract archaeologist who accepted projects all over the Pacific Northwest that often changed locations every two weeks from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, or Northern California. They provided camping sites or hotels, perdium, and about $15-20/hr to hike looking for artifacts and archaeological resources. There is often instability of schedule, location, and companies like to cut corners anyway they can not concerned with how it affected their crew members. “Field techs are a dime a dozen” was said by some crew leads. These projects were often 10 hour days crunched together in 6-8 day long gigs. If everything went right, we had another project after a 6 day weekend break. During that time, we did our second job (2) Vending festivals and events. These too, were unstable. You never know how much you’ll make or spend, sometimes coming out at a major loss or profit, and often just breaking even. These days, outside of community or spiritual/hobby based events who’s costs are compassionate and fair, most of the bigger higher attended events rape the merchants wallet with extraordinarily high booth fees forcing losses or just breaking even. This is why we no longer vend those events. Yes, it takes lots of money to make some money. This destroyed us when we experimented with a storefront in Ashland Oregon, and was the root of our fall after we had rose to a manageable life as technogypsies.

    Working for the man, getting fat in a cubicle, and losing time with our child seems to be the inevitable future. The “technogypsie” lifestyle jobs of a multi-talented tinker doesn’t seem to be working anymore (archaeologist, researcher, web designer, graphic artist, tarot reader, body painter, merchant, craftsman, performer, magician, artist, actor, GIS specialist, photographer, writer, blogger, clergy, lecturer, and teacher). After doing this for over 26 years, I get it … it just doesn’t work. Its funny though, with how much we travel, often friends and family are disillusioned to thinking we’re doing well since they often see us exploring a new part of the planet each week. But feast or famine, it’s really hard, more than one experiences with paycheck to paycheck. Perhaps that’s why the “donate if you like this story or tale” button at the bottom or the top of the blogs, reviews, or travel tale pages “never” get used. You’d think if someone enjoyed it, buying a drink or help fund the journey would say “I want more”. It doesn’t.

    I know I’ve inspired many to follow a gypsy-like path, but fail to say its not a slice of cake. We’ve got great dreams and passions we’re striving towards that led us down this path from being theatrical pirates (www.piraterelief.com), to photographing, documenting, researcher, folklorists, and historians (www.technogypsie.com) to artisan and craftsmen (www.treeleavesoracle.org) … our three companies that sometimes provide funding for life’s needs, but never something one can rely on. Not on a nomadic path at least. The times of success with those was when we were rooted and nested. We’re talented and we often make more than other’s at events, which makes me very concerned about how respected or sustainable this lifestyle can be after 26 years of practice. I’m tired, I’m weary, and often lately feel like giving up and becoming a sheep in the 99% slaving ourselves to larger corporations losing our souls and time with our families. I just don’t know what to do anymore. But we want a home base, a house or yurt, somewhere to call home. It’s been too long.

    The Rise – Yes, one day long ago there was a “rise”. After working for the “Man”, in true reality “the Feds” and “the people”, and private companies … I left Microsoft, .dotcom companies, stable archaeology jobs serving the State, Department of Defense, and National Park Service to try this life out. I would often work a full time long term job to build up resources then quit, travel around as a “Technogypsie” and doing all the above for my own companies and always vending events because it was fun, a community, and inspired my artistic desires. The final walkabout from that life was in 2011 when I left desk job, cashed in my 401 k and sailed tall ships in Australia, backpacked across Europe, taught a field school in England, and helped build a Celtic dragon for the Irish at Burning Man. I was out of money and by 2012 was ready to do my cycle again of working for the man. Then I met the love of my life from Ireland and moved back across the Great Pond. Feast or famine living in Ireland we followed love and made it work, though struggle hard we did. My mom was ill so across the pond we went to help out to the God/dess forsaken place of South Carolina. We made what we could of it, and fortunately did, as we got to spend two months with her before she passed. Then came the birth of our son, and that required extreme funding once again working for the Department of Defense, developing apps. After he was born, with some inheritance to fund us, we traveled across America to follow the Technogypsie path again in 2013 to the shores of Oregon.

    The Fall – we took our inheritance to gear up to start a store in 2014. We hastily agreed on “Ashland” as the location without doing some very important ground work and research. Sunk our funds into a high priced location just off the main street that failed to catch the crowd. A city destroyed by escapee Californians who pumped the cost of living to California extremes leaving a populace without funds to buy things in stores, most of the locals going to Medford to shop because Ashland was too expensive. We watched our accounts dry and diminish paying several thousand in expenses monthly without the sales replacing those expenditures. We couldn’t afford a house in Ashland, so we stayed in our RV for $400 month at a local campground, and sometimes slept in our shop. It wasn’t working. Come a hard winter in 2014. In February 2015 we saw a bank account just under $1,000 knowing we couldn’t afford another month at this rate. We had no choice but to sell our RV, our only home and take the first job offered to us. So in April we moved down to Southern California for a flexible desk and field job as a Archaeologist for only $23/hour at 30 hours a week. We couldn’t afford housing. We lived in tents and our cargo trailer for a half a year rotating county parks with camp fees of $14-30 a night. We finally brought together first/last and deposit for a one bedroom apartment in Riverside, and quickly realized we were not going to make it month to month. So the first job offer back in the Pacific Northwest we took in Oregon that October. The current one I’m still working as a “temporary” contract archaeologist. Work lasted from October to November. Then the snows came and we literally were snowed in at a primitive tea house on a friend’s property with no work, and no vending (as our merchant trailer got snowed in) for over 3 months. We were penniless losing everything. After the snows melted in 2016 we were back to our current lifestyle still struggling and still not affording what we needed to get a place again. Debts from surviving last winter still burdened us as we saw signs of the soon to come new winter. Feelings of terror come with the chill of the infamous Game of Throne’s saying “Winter’s Coming” is true to our heart.

    What to do? Even though unemployment rates are low, jobs that pay what we need to survive don’t seem to be plenty, nor pay enough for us to settle down somewhere. Applications wented flying, but no bites seem to take hold. That led us to continue the Gypsy path we’re on … instable temporary archaeology work until October or November here in the Pacific Northwest and vending the remaining cheap or cost-free events left for the summer and fall (diminishing) and hope to build up enough funds to become snowbirds for the first time in our life following work and events south, Pirate festivals in Florida and archaeology fieldwork in the southeast or Arizona. If only we had a fifth wheel or RV again, lodging wouldn’t be the concern as camping in tents during winter just doesn’t make it. Not to mention the incredible wear and tear on two vehicles with a cargo trailer pulling all the merchandise for events. What if a breakdown scenario cursed us?

    Truly both of us needed jobs to get a place. My work wasn’t paying us enough for the three of us. She’s having similar struggles with finding a job. Why is it so hard? and the shocking truth is … we’re not alone. Everyday we’re meeting others who have to live out of their trucks or cars, camping where they can (which free or available campsites disappear daily as communities don’t want nomads, gypsies, travelers, or homeless to live near them so they make those sites go away). The only difference, many of those friends don’t have kids. Which makes this lifestyle even more difficult in terms of places to lodge. Costly at best. You do the math for a safe State park camping site at $30/night adds up to a decent apartment especially when you add in gas. But one cannot get a apartment or place without first, last, and security and proof of a job to show you can continue payments. Its a struggle many of us are facing today. So there you have the hidden truth … we’ve been hiding for years. Some close friends have picked up on it or suspected it, and have sent unexpected pay pal help when times were extremely dire. You have no idea how much you saved us during that Winter of 2015.

    Our Dream: We own land in Ireland. We have the opportunity to move back and buy Etain’s old family home. But unemployment in Ireland is scary and outright unbearable. We’ve experienced that. America has more resources for such times of hardship. Not to mention a expired passport we can’t afford to renew, finalizing a very
    expensive citizenship path to America (over $3,000 paid, another $1,000 to go) that we can’t afford before we can actually leave the country if we could. But once we do, we want to live part time in America (Summer doing festivals and archaeology) and rest of the year in Ireland taking people on Sacred Tours of Ireland, writing books, and teaching a field school on our land. That’s our goal. 9/1/16 update: This dream is no longer possible as we are no longer together.

    So there you have the rise and fall of a life of your nomad friends. The founding fathers of the term “Technogypsie, Techno-Tinker, and Techno-Nomads”. A life full of excitement and awe, fun and artistry, but feast or famine. Its not the slice of cake you think it is.

    We’re open to suggestions, advice, inspiration, or help along with this journey in any way possible. If you know of work my skills will fit, please forward on the details or i can send you on a vitae. If you know of events that we can do with little cost, please let us know or resources of where we could stay along this journey of getting back on our feet.

    UPDATE: 9/1/16

    So I wrote all that in the middle of August which was never published until now. “The Fall” of this lifestyle took a nose dive as my wife left me for another, and flew off for another life elsewhere leaving me and my son having to pick up the pieces and move. Move we did where friends, extended family, and community is … back in a house with family and looking for the desk jobs or work at home opportunities. The nomadic life has come to an end.

    Adventures for sure will be always be a part of our life, but the nomadic life will no longer. It is time to nest and place roots. We thank you for your guidance along the way.

    The Tales of Sir Thomas Oisin Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian are now just the tales of a father and son exploring the world around them.

03.14.16 Day 2 – Second Star Festival

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Sunday, 14 August 2016
2nd Star Festival 2016, Florence, Oregon

The adventurers awoke to a beach full of mist and fog … slowly dissipating as the sun began to peek through the clouds.
Grilling up some breakfast the trio began their hour long drive to Florence which was only 22 miles away. Traffic, construction, and winding roads made travel slow. The sun was taking grasp of the skies as the adventurers made their way to the booth. Onwards inwards they removed the cloaks to their treasures for the day’s presentation. Many more attendees wandered in and sales picked up by the end of the day. Prince Cian went on various adventures with his friends and alternating walkabouts with his mom and dad while the other watched the booth. Music, games, and fun filled times awaited him as he played with mermaids, pirates, dragons, and other fantastical beings. Some people’s costumes were outstanding. His dad, Sir Thomas Leaf was a silver painted Djinn.

[caption id="attachment_21895" align="aligncenter" width="169"]2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) - Florence, Oregon - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Photos taken August 14, 2016, photographer unknown.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.

2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) – Florence, Oregon
– Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Photos taken August 14, 2016, photographer unknown.
To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.

That afternoon as the festival began winding down, the crew began the tedious task of breaking down their booth, packing up their inventory, and saying farewell to their friends and extended family. Good times had by all. Sir Leaf used baby wipes to remove most of his silver paint, and they attempted on their trek up the 101 to stop in the laundromat with showers. Unfortunately one of the laundromats had their showers out of service, and the second one had a line of 6 people waiting. Sir Leaf decided he’d just jump into the ocean when he got back. Alas, though – too tired, and a very cold coast. They hung out on the beach and decided to stay another night on the beach. They had dinner and relaxed to a solar powered movie to call it a night. Good times.





2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) - Florence, Oregon - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Photos taken August 14, 2016, photographer unknown.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.

2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) – Florence, Oregon – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Photos taken August 14, 2016, photographer unknown. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.

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08.13.16 – 2nd Star Festival, Day 1

2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) - Florence, Oregon - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  . Photos taken August 13, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Saturday, 13 August 2015
2nd Star Festival 2016, Florence, Oregon

Chilled with coastal cold temperatures, the adventurers awoke not wanting to get out of the sleeping bags in their tent knowing it would be colder outside. They ventured out into a fog bank, mists roaming in from the beach that was a stone’s toss from their campsite. They made breakfast and packed up some inventory they forgot yesterday to bring to their booth. They piled into the car and headed off for Florence. Although it was only 22 miles away, the drive took close to an hour due to traffic, construction, weaving and winding roads. As they pulled into the Florence Conference Center they saw merchants and organizers bustling getting their booths ready, some setting up for the first time and not having set up yesterday. Lacking sleep, as they were up late watching “Children of the Lost City” – a movie theater gift of the festivals producers to their merchants and staff, they didn’t get to bed until well after midnight. Fully worth it though they thought. It was Lady Etain’s first time watching the cult classic and she loved it.

It took an hour to uncloak their merchandise in the booth, put out additional merchandise, and get ready for the attendees. A lot of browsers, very few spenders was the coarse of the day. Lady Etain and Sir Thomas Leaf took turns with one watching the booth and the other tromping around Prince Cian on various adventures. Much time was spent with the mermaids and pirates, watching the Feckin’ Tinkers, and playing with dragons as well as many other wee ones. They made sure to keep the young rambling Prince away from a neighbor down the block who was grumpy and anti-child. He kept murmuring “Would it be bad of me to break one of my bottles and blame it on one of these kids running around and make the parents pay for it?” The neighboring merchants was wondering if he’s so anti-kid why on earth would he vend a family event with kid activities? Speaking of which the adventurers were quite pleased with the kid activities … Prince Cian made a magic wand, clay talisman, played with bubbles, explored the Wish Wagon and given lots of great swag from the mermaids and pirates. He kept finding little painted rocks everywhere that said “Keep or re-hide” and of course stockpiled his own little treasure but later re-hiding some of them.

2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) - Florence, Oregon - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  . Photos taken August 13, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

2nd Star Festival 2016

Good times were had by all with great music, enchanting conversations, cool cos-play costumes, and artistic talent surrounding them all. Catching the Japanese Taiko drums mesmerized the young Prince. As evening fell, they grabbed a quick bite to eat then headed into the auditorium for the magic show, great comic relief from the organizer Matt Hawk, and some great bands. Unfortunately as the wee one got worn out, so did the parents, and they began their trek down the 101 back to the beach for a good night’s rest. Onwards for another great day of adventures awaited them the following morning.





2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) - Florence, Oregon - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  . Photos taken August 13, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

2nd Star Festival 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=27451) – Florence, Oregon – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. . Photos taken August 13, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21521. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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07.25.16 State of the world, nomadic lifestyles

Monday 25 July 2016
Everett, Washington

Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian awoke this morning refreshed and rested after a nice adventure merchanting the E.S.P. (Earth Sky Pagan Campout) at the Longhouse in Redmond this last weekend. The tolls of nomadic travel and adventuring has been taking its effect on them. It has been a long path for the crew on this journey. Last night after the event they decided to spontaneously hop over to Everett to see their extended family and brother, Sir Gregory. Long discussions through the night about the state of affairs around the world, places safe and not safe to live, magical realms and self defense enchanted as topics. Realization the bonding and visits between them has been a couple of years so the trip was well worth it. This morning, Sir Thomas Leaf plagued with cat allergies as the house cat chose to sleep at his feet this morning, left him with swelling eyes and a tad bit of allergies. He cliffnoted “trip to pharmacy today at some point to grab some allergy tablets”. He also realized he was so close to Vancouver BC, but unable to visit as Lady Etain’s passport needs renewal before international travels again. Some cereal and tea, good morning chats, fresh berries and a sunny day welcomed the weary adventurers to a start of a good day.

Sir Thomas Leaf journaled the following thoughts and notes:

    “It has been a whirlwind of a few weeks as once again interruptions in work came about unexpectedly. The research company he’s been working with, trying to cut corners has been getting their teams to camp out more and more in the recent months. However the last project was pushing for camping out in the lava fields with high winds, frequent dust storms, over 100 degree temperatures and freezing nights, with numerous rattlesnake encounters, no shade/water sources, and no services nearby. Given our tent nearly blew away even cabled to a tree at a full-service campground in the nearby city, going out in the extremes was concerning for me and my family. I could not fathom leaving my wife and son in such environment while being out in the field for a 10 hour work day. So I turned down the next session with the mis-informed belief I had another camping and survey session back in my home state with a loss of 1 week’s worth of work to change rotations. Turns out that once arriving back in the home state after a 12 hour drive, that the session i though I was scheduled to be on, was already booked up with archaeologists, leaving me without work for another 2-3 weeks before another session would be scheduled that I could be placed on. Fingers crossed, no snags with that. Unfortunately with pre-booked merchanting events it threw in some snags. So we scrambled for last minute events to schedule in vending bringing us up to my old home state of Washington for some events. Ponderings about career choices has led me to start applying for tech jobs again and other archaeological companies who can provide more stability that I need for work to provide for my family. Finding events to merchant to fill in the gaps has become the priority, and ones with little to no merchant fees and last minute entry are hard to find. Taking advantage of the down time is refreshing to catch up with old friends, do taxes, job hunt, and get some writing accomplished. But the concerns of a dwindling bank account looms over me. I’ve come to realize the nomadic lifestyle’s up and downs are finally getting to me and its time to settle down again soon. Albeit, other plans of heading to Arizona or Florida for the winter doing archaeology and or Pirate festivals there is exciting all on its own. Becoming refreshed at the Longhouse this last weekend camping with like minded people in peace, love, harmony, and naked simplicity renewed my faith and dreams in what led me along the nomadic path has experienced some rejuvenation though. So the future is unwritten. Western Washington has been beautiful with truly wonderful temperatures, sunny skies, and great weather. We’ve realized 80% of the events this year has taken place in Washington, not Oregon so thoughts of moving back up here is getting stronger by the minute. It would be great to be living near family and friends again. But the Californians have invaded here too and destroying it, escalating cost of living higher and higher, and bringing in crime and drugs just like they’ve done to Oregon. So where one can live safely and simply is diminishing all over the place. The coast lures us again with thoughts of Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles as home bases after conversations last night. :: sigh :: It is time to figure out where we want to be settling for the winter. Of course all of our house furnishings and belongings exist in storage down towards Ashland and in Hood River, so that’s another whole conundrum in of itself.

    The world itself has been weighing down on me stronger and stronger with all this hate, shootings, crime, high costs of living, and just how to survive. Presidential candidates are concerning and life next year a great unknown. We can only pledge to following our dreams and continuing on with the vision merging the magical realms back to the everyday existence – pursuing love, hope, and passions. There is so much to think about. ~ to be continued …” ~ Sir Thomas Leaf

06.12.16: Basalt Ramblings

Sunday, June 12, 2016: Basalt Ramblings (Shoshone, Idaho)

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06.11.16: Looking for signs of Life

Saturday, June 11, 2016: Looking for signs of life (Shoshone, Idaho)

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06.10.16: Early Markings

Friday, June 10, 2016: Early markings (Twin Falls, Idaho)

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06.09.16: Barren World

Thursday, June 9, 2016: Barren World (Shoshone, Idaho)

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