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Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 11, 2019

I arrived at the first oasis to find that there were some repairs that needed to be made.

I will work here for a few days and get the waterhole dug out again. There is water, but, the pool is filling with sand again.

I will also need to cut up some branches that have fallen. I will also gather the camel dung and get it stacked. 

The grasses here are tall enough to cut and dry for forage, so I will also do that before I continue on.

When all that has been accomplished, I will restock the supply cairns and depart for the next oasis.

Keep a sharp watch out my friends. I have heard that Nic's bunch has been prowling around.

Travel safely. Everyone is waiting to welcome you at the end of the trail.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Back to the Trailhead

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 10, 2019

After a great breakfast at Carp's Cave, I began my trip back across NML to the trailhead.

The camel train is loaded down with fresh supplies to leave along the way. 

I will refill every stone storage cairn at every oasis with fresh supplies.

I will also be leaving a lot of large clubs at each one.

I have received no news of any new activity from Nic and his bunch, but, keep a sharp eye out for anything that looks suspicious. If you see anything, tell the next Bedoin you meet and her will send the message along to either myself or the Sheik.

I will see you along the trail my friends.

Travel safely.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Spiro Results

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 9, 2019

I received the results for this Spirometry today.

All in all, it looks good.

As expected, I did lose some lung volume. It was in the expected range for aging though.

I did lose some more usable space according to the CT along with the new nodule that was found.

She said all the numbers look good though.

I think the next thing up is the Gastric Scope in December for the Barrett's.

Travel well my friends and watch the trail closely.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



New Growth

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 7, 2019

I just returned from Cancer Screening and a visit with my Pulmonologist.

I have a new nodule in my Left lung. She said it isn't large so we will just keep an eye on it for now.

I have to schedule a NocOx study to see if I need more Oxygen at night.

Keep traveling my friends.

The journey away from sickorettes is so worth it.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.




Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 6, 2019

I stopped at Carp's Cave on my way up the mountain yesterday afternoon.

They told me they had a fresh pot of Viper Stew.

I had a large bowl with some Fried Scorpion Tails on the side.

That was a very filling meal and one of the best I have ever had.

I could tell that the viper was fresh. 

I am now preparing for another trip to the trailhead to return camels for the travelers yet to come.

I will be dropping supplies at the caches at every oasis.

The Sheik and his men are scouring the desert checking for Nic and his bunch. He told me that they had been finding lots of traps out there.

Keep a sharp watch for traps along the trail my friends. Nic could have had them set anywhere.

Be especially careful in the Relapse Rocks and at Desolation Point. One wrong step could send you over the edge there.

I must finish packing supplies.

I leave in the morning to cross NML one more time.

I will be watching for everyone on the trails.

Travel safely my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Desolation Point

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 5, 2019

I was talking to someone the other day and discussing the quit journey.

I said something about Desolation Point and they asked why it was called that.

I explained that I had called it that because it was located deep in the Relapse Rocks.

Many quits are destroyed by depression.

People feel so desolate that they pick up a sickorette to deal with their feelings.

I know that feeling very well myself, as do some others here.

Depression can rear it's head when you are breaking your addiction to nicotine.

I dealt with it so much more while quitting than I usually had to.

I made it past Desolation Point without relapse, you can also.

I encourage anyone that deals with this to find help to make it through this while quitting.

As always, I wish everyone safe journey.

Be wary of the traps Nic has set to entrap you and get you back into his grasp.

You can make it across the desert of NML safely.

Take your journey one step at a time.

One minute, one hour, one day at a time if you must.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Full Bloom

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 2, 2019

I have been receiving reports from all over from the Bedoins. 

Everywhere across the desert, there is growth and blooms.

Vibrant colors decorate every oasis and the pools of water are full.

The rains have awakened everything across the landscape.

A quit journey is very much the same.

For a while the trip is dark and drab. Then something can happen and lift your journey into the light.

I wish everyone good journey.

Watch for traps along the way.

Stay on the trail. It is well marked with the tracks of those that have gone before you.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


For Someone in Need

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 22, 2019

The ancestors have said someone is in need of this ......


A Prayer To Wise-One Above 


May you find peace and comfort ....


Soaring Eagle



Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 21, 2019

I have been traveling for the last few nights across the desert.

I have been staying off the trail so I could watch for traps or Nic's men.

It was dark when I awoke to begin my travels last night. I had heard rain on my shelter during the day.

This morning I beheld the wonders of Creators world.

Plants were sprouting from the sands in some places. Several bushes had greenery starting on them.

In the next several days, there will be flowers across this portion of the desert.

To those that are having down times in your journey, hold the trail.

Rain can happen at any time and bring beautiful things your way. 

Your desert can bloom like this at any time in your travels.

Travel safely.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Watching the Trail

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 17, 2019

I looked out from the mouth of the Cave of Reflection this morning out across the desert of NML. I saw so many travelers on the trail and was so glad that they were out there. Many just beginning the journey, others nearing the end.

I would remind them to stay on the trail and not wander off course. Nic and his crew are just waiting for you to wander off the path so they can ambush you and bring you back into their club of addicts.

Rest at every oasis and refill your supplies. Regain strength for your journey that you may finish the crossing strong. Be very careful at Desolation Point in the Relapse Rocks. Many have fallen there and had to restart their journey after going back to heal.

I am sending word to the Sheik asking that he and his men watch over the trail. 

I must now enter the Healing Cave to try and heal from the attacks my body has been enduring.

Travel safely and keep a sharp eye for traps.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master



Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 15, 2019

Barbscloud. Thank you for thinking of my and checking. I wish I could say things are super OK, but that is not to be.

I have a very hard time breathing these days. I am trying to make it through to the first of next month when I go for the Cancer screening. 

The ARNP that I see for my pulmonary appointments just says that I have "mild" COPD. I think she is full of something myself. I'm beginning to think I need to make her get a Pulmonologist for me again ....

I send my gratitude and thanks to all that worry about me and I will try to write more often.


Our Village

Posted by OldBones-Larry Aug 28, 2019

I have just come from the Ceremonial Lodge. I entered there last night to speak with the Ancient Ones.

I fasted for four days. I drank the Cleansing Brew to purge myself so I could enter there clean and unpolluted.

I Smudged myself to clean my skin and my mind.

I crossed into the Ancestor Lands and traveled to the center of the Spiral of Life. I was not allowed to enter the glow of that place, but, I could speak with those that live there.

I spoke of the trials and sicknesses we are enduring. 

I asked for strength for each one here in our village to bear the burdens we must endure.

I asked for healing for the ill ones. I asked for courage for those in need of it.

Creator spoke and said He has heard my cries to him.

This is what I spoke across the barrier separating me from the Light....

A Prayer To Wise-One Above 

May our village be a strong one that we may endure against anything that would harm any of us.

I am finished. I have no more words to speak.

Soaring Eagle


Better today

Posted by OldBones-Larry Aug 25, 2019

As most of you know, I have not really been "seen" much lately. 

I come in each day and look to see if there is someone that I might be able to encourage in their journey. I get tired very quickly and have to leave though.

The heat and humidity take a large toll on my health and stamina anymore.

Today the heat has abated and the humidity doesn't seem as high. Therefore, I feel better today.

As Sootie quoted our dear froguelady_quit_3-16-11, I also have to say that quitting smoking is the best thing I ever did for myself.

In spite of the health issues I deal with now, I am so glad that I gave up those death sticks.

No matter what follows my friends, quitting is the best thing that can happen in your life.

Take it on minute, one hour, one day, one weel, or one month at a time. It all adds up to leaving those things far behind you.

I am looking forward to future days when I can once again post more than I can now..

I keep all of you in my thoughts and Song to Creator each day.

Be well my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



Mixed Results

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 26, 2019

I got the results of my latest blood tests yesterday. 

Everything seems to be holding steady.

However, family history seems to be catching up to me again.

Heart problems took my Mother and my Brother at younger ages. Both passed in their 50's.

My brother developed insulin-dependant Diabetes in his 20's. My Mother's blood sugar was over 500 when she passed away.

I have been plagued with low blood sugar since I was 28.

My brother did this before he slipped into Diabetes. Doctors termed it Pancreatic Burnout.

A little over a month ago I began having blood sugar spikes. My fasting sugar level began hitting 124, 128. and even 133.

My latest tests by the doctor says my A1C is 5.8. This is a good result. My blood glucose at the same time was 99. Barely in normal range according to the standards posted for this test.

I will now be taking a fasting sugar each morning.

Will I light up over these results?


I learned that the hard way. Some of my medical problems can be tracked to my smoking for all those years.

I will continue watching my test results, following my doctors instructions, and going to any tests and procedures that are deemed needed.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



The Journey

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 19, 2019

Five Years, Eight Months, Twenty eight Days ago I began my personal journey to where I am today.

It began with being laid out on an OR table while a surgeon tried to fix what had happened to my body. He bypassed three blockages in my Coronary Arteries.

For ten hours a machine kept me alive while the doctor worked. I was on that table for twelve hours.

I can’t remember the next three days as I was placed in a chemical coma. ICU is a haze of rousing up and being suctioned and then slipping back into blackness.

I was transferred to the cardiac floor to continue recovery on the fourth day. I was there for another week. That was a time of lung rehab, stretching to prevent strictures, and walking up and down the halls. They also included several trips into the stairwell as I was living in an upstairs apartment.

I went home and was back within a day as I had Pneumonia. That was another weeklong stay to treat that.

One and a half days home and back again as they thought I was having a coronary.

Three days later I was able to come home and stay.       

I spent the first 30 days of my quit working to stay away from smoking on my own. I then found this site and was welcomed with open arms.

I soon had to move to a downstairs apartment as weakness, very low blood pressure, and shortness of breath from COPD took their toll on my body.

I have since developed an Aortic Aneurysm, Hiatus Hernia, Barrett's Esophagus, and other vascular problems.

Many of the elders worked patiently with me and helped me through the rough spots.

I now spend my time here trying to encourage new travelers across the first part of their journey and then across NML.

Each person here has their own story of their quit journey. Stay on the trail and you can write your own quit journey.

It is my deepest wish that you new quitters have done so in time to bypass the terrible results of sickorette use.

Travel safely my friends and always be wary of traps that can ruin your quit.

I leave you with the following thought ….

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master