Monday, January 26, 2015

The Animals

It hasn't ceased to amaze me just how much the animals have taken their land back in these last two years. I don't think it'll be too long before the great migrations start again, rampaging over the abandoned interstates across this land eventually tearing apart the concrete so carefully lain there by long-gone human beings and making way for the great plains and forests to regrow... it's remarkable how relatively quickly the mind accepts that this is what the Earth should be - not the brightly lit-up parade we made it.
I've never in my life really felt any connection to animals. We had a couple cats growing up and I'm not saying I was sociopathic to them but there's something very strange about the feeling of looking a wild deer in the eyes and, at least feeling that you can understand what it's thinking. It's like the noise of the cities had to be fully extinguished for me to notice such subtlty.
I swear there were several creatures on my journey for the last few years that gave me some very strange looks - a sort of "It's one of them!" look. Who can blame them really? These guys really have the land now and they're doing a much better job than we ever did..
Anyway, that being said I am still planning to try and keep downtown clear of as many of them as I can so I can not be mauled by bears, ideally.. I noticed lots of tracks up and down the roads into town of various animals but compared to some of the other major urban areas I've been too they're kind of scattered.. I'm guessing (hoping) that the power still inexplicably being on here is warding them away a little bit, it'll make my life a little easier.
I better get out there and see who's laid their claim to the Greater Burlington area.. check in again soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Home Again

It's been a crazy couple of years diary...
A storm pushed me out of Burlington - you don't realize how harsh those big winter storms can be until there's no infrastructure around to see you through - and I headed South.
It took my 3 damn weeks to reach the Massachusetts border.
I holed up in a little grocery store in Williamstown for about a month until Spring started to shine through a bit and I was able to get back on the snow-free roads again.. I thought it strange that the power was now out everywhere but figured that whatever force had been keeping it on before wasn't weird enough to be immune to a good old New England winter storm.
Turns out I was wrong about that but I only discovered that this morning.. bizarre!
Anyway - I've been on the road for almost 2 years and I've concluded only a few things with certainty.
1. America is a beautiful country and now that the wildlife is springing back it seems it's only getting nicer to look at (But slightly more dangerous to trek around)
2. There's almost certainly no people, or trace of people, left at least in North America (See how there's still a little naive hope in that sentence that there might be people still around in other countries? Whatever, I guess I'm just being human)
3. There's still no Sun in the sky and I still can't explain it, but yet there's still daylight and night time. I've no idea.
4. There's no power anywhere except for Northern Vermont...

People disappearing entirely, the Sun's mysterious and unexplainable vanishing act - these I've had time to adjust to, or at least get used to but number 4 is one I didn't expect.. but when I came cruising up route 7 this morning more and more street and store lights flickered on until I was all the way back in Burlington, looking as lit up as the day I left it. Unexplainable..

But, you know, what's new?
I think it's time for a  well earned rest though. I guess I can start recording the life and times of me again now I have power.

So there's that.