Zen On Dirt

Coming Home

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One of the most common questions in human interaction is “Where are you from?”

Pretty much every interaction in a campground involves the question at some point of time. It’s a funny question in this particular moment in my life because I haven’t lived in one place for more than six months in four years. And before that it was a two year stint. And then it was kid/college/grad school in Boulder, which to me is much more of a ‘Where did you grow up?’ versus ‘Where are you from?’

‘Where are you from?’ to me, at least, means, ‘Where do you identify with?’ More of a ‘Where does your heart feel content?’

And that’s a funny question.

Most camp neighbors we talk to seem to fit squarely in the category of ‘Worked for a long time, retired, now seeing the west.’ Which I think is awesome. But they all had a home base for some extended period of time that they can call ‘Where they are from.’

As I was flying in over Tucson and then waiting in the warm air saying ‘Hi!’ to the airport saguaros, I got to thinking, ‘Is Tucson the place I now most identify with? Even though I’ve only spent sub-20 months here over the past three years? And I still have to look at a map to get anywhere in town (besides Seis for burritos)?’

Scott did say ‘Welcome home’ when he picked me up with the Scamp in tow.

I did say, ‘It’s good to be home’ when we parked in our favorite near-town spot.

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I’m getting to know every corner of the AZT both north and south from our spot both on foot and on bike.

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And Scott even okay’d going out to see Cjell Mone during his AZT 750 time trial since the trail was technically less than a mile from our ‘home.’

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I’ve spent more time on the Arizona Trail than the Colorado Trail in the past three years. That’s got to count for something when shifting mental residency.

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Adios Cjell! Have a good trip to Utah!

I’m getting to know the neighbors pretty well.

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Some are better than others.

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I’m in love with the sunsets.

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Nearly every one of them is a cause for celebration.

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And I have some really awesome friends here.

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The type that’ll pull cactus needles out of your ass if you fall in the wrong spot.

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And then ride single speeds straight to Seis for burritos.

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Tucson. Yeah. You can be ‘Where I’m from’ because I sure do like you a lot.

 

 

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