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Evan Tanner's Blog entry about going to the desert

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For those who havn't read it yet, here is Evan's blog entry about going on his desert journey... it can be found on his blog at spike.com.



It's Saturday night. I'm not out on the town socializing, not hanging out with friends, not chillin, watchin movies. I'm sitting on my couch beside a stack of books, listening to some Eddie Vedder, reading about the Southern California desert.

I'm hoping that very soon I'll be sitting out in the quiet of the desert beneath a deep blue midnight sky, listening to the calm desert breeze. The idea going into the desert came to me soon after I moved to Oceanside. It was motivated by my friend Sara's talk of treasure hunting and lost gold, and my own insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration. I began to imagine what might be found in the deep reaches of the untracked desert. It became an obsession of sorts.

"Treasure" doesn't necessarily refer to something material.

Today, I ran to the store to pick up a few things, and with the lonesome, quiet desert thoughts on my mind, I couldn't help but be struck with their brutally stark contrast to my current surroundings, the amazing congestion in which we exist day to day. The landscape as far as I could see, crowded, choked, with me and the rest of the species, an almost writhing mass of organisms, fighting over space and resources,....on the highways, in the parking lots, on the sidewalks, and in the ailse of the stores. And to think, there are still places in the world where man has not been, where he has left no footprints, where the mysteries stand secure, untouched by human eyes. I want to go to these places, the quiet, timeless, ageless places, and sit, letting silence and solitude be my teachers.

I've been gathering my gear for this adventure for over a month, not a long time by most standards, but far too long for my impatient nature. Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life. I've been doing a great deal of research and study. I want to know all I can about where I'm going, and I want to make sure I have the best equipment.

One more week. I think one more week, and I'll be ready to go

-Evan Tanner

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Post #1   9/10/08 7:31:45PM   

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yeah, ive read this. it really almost made me cry

Post #2   9/10/08 8:37:51PM   

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I have yet to make a statement about Mr. Tanner death due the fact that I've danced with death essentially my whole life and have numbed to it, especially for people I don't know on a personal level. Bernie Mac dies and it doesnt phase me anymore then Random Human A. George Carlin dies and even though I rather enjoyed his work, still just shrugged and went on with my day.
Evan Tanner lived and died by his own rules and that's more than the the majority of people get. And in the end, ladies and gentlemen, that is truly what matters. Possessions, money; none of that means shit. Experiences and living life to it's fullest with people you luckily get to share something with is what it's about.
So am I sad that he is gone? Not one teeny tiny little bit. I am very happy he was here for I got to witness a true modern day warrior-poet. Don't feel sad for Evan Tanner. I don't think he would want you to. Evan Tanner caught and sang the sun in flight.

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Sad.

Post #4   9/10/08 10:20:48PM   

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makes you wish you had a time machine

Post #5   9/11/08 1:47:34AM