The Illusion of Woods

State: Florida

Today I got up tired. The mosquitos kept me up, not by biting me since my hammock has a mosquito net. They kept me up because wherever I laid my head in the hammock, the sound they made was right near me.

Anyways, I got up and did my morning routine of stretches and groans, then I began to break camp while my phone charged on my new portable battery charger. I read in my bible, ate breakfast, and then got back on the road.

I continued my journey north and once again someone pulled over to give me a ride.

“Hey do you need a ride?” he said in a german accent.

“Sure thanks man.”

“Where are you headed?”

“Sarasota.” I said and he opened the trunk. Once I got my backpack in and sat in the front seat I offered my hand.

“My name is Seth.”

“Wolf, nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you too. Thanks again man. I appreciate this.”

“No problem. So what all are you doing this for?”

I then told Wolf about my trip and everything I was doing.

“That’s awesome man. I got chills it’s so cool,” he said and I laughed.

“So what do you do for a living?” I asked.

“I’m a CHT therapist and I drive for Uber.”

“Nice…whats a CHT?”

“Certified hypnotherapist”

“Whoa, very cool.”

“Yeah, I like it. I love learning. The mind is a powerful thing. First there are thoughts then words then deeds. With the right mindset anything is possible.”

We talked for a good while about the power of positive thinking and then on the subject of God. Wolf considers himself spiritual rather than religious, but does believe in Jesus. He told me one of his favorite books is called Confessions to God.

Wolf dropped me off at the biggest Marina in Sarasota when I mentioned that I would like to find work on a boat. He also gave me some apples and a link for a free Uber ride.

Thanks again Wolf for the ride and the great conversation.

I walked around the Marina in awe of the awesome boats they had. Giant yachts and huge sailboats.

For some reason, something came over me and I felt nervous and shy. I couldn’t figure out why. I thought about going to the restaurant where tons of people were from the Marina, but I thought better of it when I saw lots of suits and ties.

As if to counterpoint this, when I crossed the street I found a lot of homeless people sleeping on benches and the ground.

I continued my way to the library where I charged my phone, my external portable battery pack, and once more struck out with Couchsurfing.

I did apply to a workaway volunteer program though. It’s an organic farm up in Hudson county (that’s a bit above Tampa). So hopefully I’ll get learn about that soon đŸ™‚

Anyways, I continued my trek north and got discouraged as the sun began its descent.

“It’s just an illusion of woods” I thought.

While there is a lot of green and trees in Sarasota, you are hard pressed to find somewhere you can get lost in the woods.

I kept walking and had a thought that saved me. Remembering my time in Key West where there was a certain lack of green, I began looking for fences with large bushes and found a place to sleep for the night.

Forever your friend,

~The Outsider

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