What is this all about?

imagejpeg_0_3[1].jpgDo I lack the four walls most people commonly refer to as a home? Yes.

Do I consider myself homeless? No.

Currently, my home are the mountains, cities, and suburbs of Colorado. I am a twenty-something- year-old, who has found a balance between our ever-demanding society and the peaceful life within nature. I work, pursue higher education, and enjoy the freedom of being a hobo.

To get you oriented:

Day 1

My tiny mobile home

Questions? Random Thoughts? Send a pigeon to standalonehobo@mail.com.

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21 thoughts on “What is this all about?

  1. Lovely to ‘meet’ you Hobo 🙂 You might lack the 4 walls of a home but the entire earth is your home! I look forward to following your blog and reading your stories, thanks for sharing with us! The life of a hobo certainly teaches one a lot about life that other ways of living do not. Thanks for finding me 🙂 x x x blessings to you x x x

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    • Living a life focused on the basics really clears my mind from all the unnecessary clutter and opens doors to what is actually important and precious. Great to meet you Boho Hobo. Can´t wait to read more about your experiences and musings. Take care!

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  2. Finding your posts informative, educational, well written and insightful. I look forward to following your adventures and learning more about your chosen hobo lifestyle. Thank you for being an enlightened voice for a sadly misunderstood section of our society. Wishing you only the best!

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    • Well, thank you very much for your kind words. It is interesting to be in the midst of what most commonly refers to as “the homeless” and yet have so many more opportunities and advantages. At times I get to be cold, hungry, and lonely, but unlike many poor souls out there, I can easily alter my situation to make myself more comfortable. I´d like to thank you for making a difference and encouraging others to do so as well. Take care!

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  3. Not sure how I missed following your blog, but I’m doing so now.

    I’m planning on being back in Colorado at the end of next summer. I fell in love with La Veta and am considering taking a cheap apartment around there for the winter … just to see if I can stomach the Colorado winters. Before that, I plan on heading up to Michigan. I’ve never been to the Upper Peninsula (one of the few places I’ve NOT seen in the 48 states) and travel along the U.S. / Canada border before heading back to your state.

    I enjoy your writing. Looing forward to your next post.

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    • That sounds exciting! Colorado really isn´t that bad during the winter. We get breaks from the cold quite often. However, be aware that the altitude can give you a hard time if you are not used to it. The elevation here is between 7000 and 14000 feet! Take care!

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    • Colorado is my home too. My grandpa settled down in the four corners region back in the 50’s. My Dad moved us back up there when I was in high school. I count it as home. I finished high school and got married there and had all that family heritage there etc.

      And really there are beautiful regions all around the state. The east is flat like Kansas, but everywhere else is world-class mountains. Colorado does not have the highest mountains in the world, on the continent, or even among the lower 48. But it is home to more 14,000 ft peaks than anywhere else. And Telluride/Ouray was our favorite.

      That said, my home in Cortez (a junky little town to be sure) sits between the mountain forest country and the roadrunner Wylie Coyote country of Arizona and Utah. Not to mention that there are mysteries and Enchantments in New Mexico too. From my home town, you could see peaks in all four states!

      Still, I comment here because I am jealous. I live in Lubbock, Texas now. When I came here, I met an old timer who said, “So… you’re from Colorado huh? Mountains… I s’pose. Well, let me tell you somethin’ ’bout Lubbock. Lubbock is so flat, you can watch your dog run away from home … for THREE DAYS!!!” Ouch! That statement made me pee a little, it was so startling.

      But I have passed through La Veta thousands of times in my life. And it is truly awesome country to behold every day! And so I am jealous that you even mention it. Wish I could be there for the winter to find out if I can take it too!

      Wish you well there.

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      • I´ve seen really flat land out in Utah and Nevada, oh and not to forget Wyoming; I couldn´t imagine living there. The mountains just add borders to the landscape, hugging the city, and offering a great escape from society.

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        • Yeah, just as a matter of landscape, mountains really help. I remember thinking Alamosa was flat, but at least it has world-class mountains out on the horizon in all directions.

          My dad used to call Cortez, my hometown, a donut. He said, “Cortez is the hole with all the good stuff around the edge! Ha! True,, sort of… Cortez is a junky town in a narrow band of sage brush and all. It is the ugly part of nature that cant make up its mind whether to be mountain forests or high country desert. You can see both from its midst, but in the middle is a wasteland.

          That said, Cortez has its own charm(s), but they are not that great really.

          But I used to LOVE driving up to the Knife Edge overlook in the Mesa Verde National Park to watch the sunset over the valley below and behind the Sleeping Ute Mountain. Cortez was just a small village in the valley, but it did provide some small measure of city lights down there.

          I recall going up to Look Out Mountain over Golden at sunset and watching the lights of Denver as the evening sky took hold. That was cool too, but the sunsets behind you there, and the view below is flat as far as the eye can see – except right below you around Golden. But I was there at dusk on July 4, 1991 and watched the School of Mines set off their fireworks. It’s a cool experience to watch fireworks from above!

          But… I could go on and on and on… And I have said nothing about hiking, skiing, camping, four-wheeling…. hunting/fishing and all that. Just looking is incredible, and I a miss it.

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      • I was in Pagosa Springs for a couple of months before hitting La Veta and went through Cortez on a roundabout (I drove across northern New Mexico to Four Corners and then back through Durango). Cortez was just one of several cute towns in that area! That slow pace appeals to me now that I’m looking for a place to settle down.

        La Veta has a feel all to its own. A good friend of mine retired to Colorado Springs and has been telling me, ”Jeff, the snow isn’t all that bad. It’s not like east coast snow that you’ve been used to … it’s dryer and disappears almost as quickly as it arrives!”

        Yeah, I don’t know about that! I lived in Denver in 78-79 and spent quite a bit of time driving up to Buena Vista for work. I sure don’t remember the snow leaving all that quickly! :o)

        Nevertheless, I’m figuring on giving it a shot. The atmosphere I encountered in La Veta was well worth it, from my way of thinking.

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  4. I spent a while hitchhiking around the US, and what amazed me most was how comfortable I got with sleeping in fields, or eating breakfast out front of a gas station. And I realized that all of these places, the whole planet, was my home, is why I felt so comfortable. It’s all your home, I guess, until you build four walls to keep it all out. And I think you’re blog really gets that whole idea through. It’s a beautiful idea, and I’m jealous, lol.
    Cheers!

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    • Hello there, yes, being home everywhere is a beautiful thing. I feel free and yet a strong sense of belonging. It´s never too late for another hitchhiking adventure or maybe a road trip. Take care!

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  5. Good on ye’! I’m a bit older than you, so my home on wheels (a van) is a bit fancy, but my dog and I still need to have sort of traffic signals so we don’t knock each other over.

    Question for you: have you had any trouble with the DOT, not having a permanent address? I spent most of last summer in Colorado, and wanted to make it my home, but was denied because I am a nomad.

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    • I´ve never dealt with the DOT regarding my lifestyle. However, “Urban Camping” is illegal in many cities in Colorado and thus one has to keep an eye out for the cops. Address wise, I´ve used relatives and friend´s addresses before. Also, I am going to upgrade to a van this summer! My SUV is just about done.

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