PNP – A week of Retrospect and Late-night Speculating:
My Last week in Asheville bubbled by in a bit of a blur – the weekend of the 5th and 6th I hung close as I could to the downtown region – staying with a fantastic couple and their housemate. After contacting A. on CS we meet outside Asheville at the farmer’s market – an intriguing person with a whole bundle of incredible world experiences. After sniffing around the market a bit, we headed back to Asheville and decided to go back to A.’s neighborhood to enjoy a beer and talk more.
There I was introduced to D. and S. the couple who shared the apartment with A. – though not couchsurfers themselves – our similar minded perspectives immediately gave life to a whole flowering of philosophical,political, and religious rumination. They encouraged me crash their couch for two nights – which provided me essential local access to the downtown area (a 20-minute walk).
I passed the next two days working my street set, framing process, organizing and scooping out the different coffee shops in the area – the nights all spent, talking heavy concepts until we became silly watching the windows grow light.
After leaving the happy household I moved on – wanting to experiment more with what it was like to not have a place to stay. A rainy night saw me strapping together a rudimentary plastic bag structure over my packs to keep them dry as I hiked about, late into the early morning, trying to find a bar or restaurant that was open 24 hours.
Meeting again the CS crowd, for a beer – I stayed an evening with S. down in Brevard, the next day making it out for a spectacular hike through Pisgah National Forest over several ~6,000 peaks out to Shinning Rock ledge. (pictures featured) Then a stop in at Asheville’s Brew Master’s festival (testing the best with their beer knowledge) and ending up sneaking in one more night camped off the Blue Ridge.
After a final weekend spend in Asheville – going to one more open mic at the Wall Street Coffee house (where some of my work is up), putting together a list of things I wanted to take back – and then forgetting to buy them, and connecting as best I could (to say my goodbyes) to all the great hosts that had let me crash their couches over the past 4 weeks – I made ready to catch my rideshare up to DC that Monday with L.
The Asheville test run had drawn to a close – but still (even now) there is a lot of reflecting, restructuring and prepping that needs to be done to be ready for putting “Art from the Pack” into full swing.
If you are interested in helping me prep for the next leg of my journey (back to Asheville for a few, then south and west to the far cost) – I have set up a support page under the Art from the Pack header at the top of the site. Take a look – updates to this page to follow – as to how else you can help!