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Thank you

Posted by OldBones-Larry Feb 11, 2019

I send my most heartfelt thank you for all of your birthday wishes. You will never know how much they mean to this old camel driver.



Wisdom From the Past

Posted by OldBones-Larry Feb 6, 2019

I have seen several posts lately about wish me luck, I will try this, and so many others.

I have time to think a lot right now as I work through things. I remembered some very wise words from a lady that I held dear in my heart.

I feel that Joan would like me to post this again for her to pass on her words to the new quitters here at EX.

The words are simple, but carry so much meaning.

What Makes A Quit? 

TheOldGoat-Joan-10-21-1994 would want everyone to succeed in this journey.

I was very privileged to know this dear woman and am so very glad to pass her words along.




Posted by OldBones-Larry Feb 5, 2019

I found a small cave here in Depression Gorge. As I looked in, I felt a strong pull to enter.

When I got clear to the back I found an old firepit there. There was a supply of firewood and several small pouches lying there there.

I opened the pouches to find the herbs I would use at a Cleansing.

I lit the fire and began preparations to clear myself of all negative energies.

That being done, I will begin trying to center myself in my Circle of Life once more.

My Spirit is out of balance and I must center it again.

I urge you all to travel safely my friends.

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



Still in the Gorge

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 29, 2019

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am holding my own, though still where I was.

I will continue to work on getting out of this so I can return to where I feel I need to be.

As I tell others, so I must do myself.....

One step, and then another, will get me (and you) where we want to be.



Depression Gorge

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 26, 2019

I just wanted everyone to know that I am still here. 

I haven't been posting a lot and probably will only be reading for a while. I will comment if I feel I can contribute.

I can safely say that my quit is not in any danger and that Ol' Nic will not pull me back into his Nicotine Prison.

I am revisiting a place on this journey that I had hoped to never see again.

It is called Depression Gorge and is located close to and just before the Relapse Rocks.

I like several others suffer from Depressive Disorder. Right now I am battling another round.

The worst I have suffered in close to 10 years.

I ask you all to know that I am with you in spirit, if not in words.

I hold you all in my heart, and in my thoughts.

One step at a time will get me through this as it always has before.

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




Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 21, 2019

On this day I wish to share something from the Ancient Ones.

Since time began, they have wished peace on this world. Men would not pay heed to this until the time came for them to walk the Hanging Road. Then they too could see what the Ancients were talking about.

So, on this day, I wish to pass on a wish for all men to live in peace and brotherhood.

May all men come together and become as one on this our Earth Mother.

Larry (Soaring Eagle)



Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 17, 2019

I have seen a couple of posts where someone has said they were a failure....

That is "stinkin' thinkin'" my friends. You did not fail.

The only way you will fail in this journey is if you just plain give up and stop trying to quit smoking! Are you willing to get up, dust yourself off, and begin the journey once again?

Then you are not a failure!!

You suffered a slip in thinking because of the addiction to nicotine.

Ol' Nic is a strong character. He is also a conniving a$$ that will do anything to keep you in his clutches. 

 Fill your quit toolbox with the weapons you need to reject Nic's lure and hold.

Use gum, hard candies, cut straws, a lemon, put your head in the freezer or anything you can think of to kill the crave.

This journey cannot be made in one day. If it could Nic wouldn't have any prisoners to his poison.

A journey is a series of steps that take you somewhere.

The same with your quit journey.

Take things one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. 

You will get to the other side of NML that way.

I know you can do it!!

Ask for help when you need it and I will promise that people here will do their best to help.

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



I Miss You My Friend

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 15, 2019

You went out of my life several years ago. There is a very large empty space that you used to occupy.

I miss the times we had together. The quiet moments that belonged to us alone. The times that laughter filled the air. The many hours spent remembering past things.

You were always there when I needed you. You helped me get past many hard moments.

I remember your wise words given to me with love.

I am keeping them away from my face.

I am still walking the trail that you encouraged me to take those many years ago. I continue to pass on the help you gave me to others in need of that help. 

I hope that you can see and are happy with the trail I follow now.

I miss you every day my friend. 

One day, we will meet again in the Ancestor Lands.

Rest well my dear friend.

You are missed greatly by many people.....


I encourage everyone to read this woman's words. Many times she has helped me with her words and example.

She was TheOldGoat-Joan-10-21-1994  and my dear friend....

Remember her with me and keep her memory going please.



Words From The Past

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 15, 2019

I left the caves earlier with renewed commitment to helping in the desert.

While I was meditating, I got the feeling that my dear friend would like me to pass on something she had told me many times.

"Keep them away from your face, you can't smoke them that way."

The Old Goat (Joan) spoke these words to me many years ago. I wish I had heeded them at that time. 

I am sure she watches each of the travelers and rejoices at their success.

Many times during my quit journey those words have echoed in my mind. I will carry them with me for many years to come.

I will finish packing the caravan so we can leave soon.

Until then, travel safe and keep a sharp eye for any traps or ambushes.

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

Larry the Caravan Master


12 Nights

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 12, 2019

I began BiPAP therapy 12 nights ago. Tonight will be the 13th night.

I seem to be having better nights since I got the machine. The other night, I actually slept close to 11 hours. I haven't slept that long in years.

I think my Oxygen saturation is staying closer to where it should be also.

Getting used to the mask has been really fun though. I have several places that are very sore from the pressure points. I know it will get better though as I get more used to the mask being on.

I will close for tonight and wish you all a great night.

Keep those quits going strong my friends. You can finish your journey and enter the other side of NML free from Nic's influence.

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




Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 10, 2019

I just finished a terrific meal down in Carp's Cave. 

The Viper Stew with Dumplings was superb. I have never had a better stew than this and highly recommend it to everyone.

I am having a caravan packed with supplies to restock every oasis along the trail. The resupply caravan grows with each trip. I will have more than 100 camels packed for this trip. 

I have been told that clubs are in short supply at the oasis to replace those broken from use by travelers. I am taking a large supply with me.

Extra tents are also being loaded to leave at each stop.

I will be leaving plenty of foodstuffs in the supply caches also.

Fodder for the camels is being packed as well.

Plenty of other equipment will be left as well. All that has been turned in by those that have crossed NML has been cleaned and repaired to be restocked along the trail and at the trailhead.

I will be going up into the caves to restock my own supplies. 

I have to remember to go into the secret cave to refill my Moses Dust supply.

That last sandstorm depleted what I had with me.

I am headed to The Cave Of The Ancients now.

In this secret burial chamber I will seek knowledge from those that have gone before me.

The Old Goat and her predecessors impart guidance and advise as I meditate in the cave.

I go now to ready myself for this trip.

Travel safely and keep a watchful eye out for traps and ambushes. Guard from the ever present danger from Nic and his company.

Remember what this old caravan master says over and over ....

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

Larry the Caravan Master


Almost There

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 8, 2019

I am nearing the edge of NML once again.

It warms this old Caravan Master's heart to see so many on the trail. I look back across the desert and can see a long line of travelers making their journey.

I will be sending a rider back to re-enforce to each traveler to take advantage of every rest area at the oasis that the travelers come to. There are extra supplies to re-stock their food and water, as well as fodder for their camel.

I also encourage everyone to visit Carp's Cave on the trail up the mountain for some very fine food.

The Scorpion Skewers are the best I have ever had.

I sent some Vipers ahead the other day for a big pot of Viper Stew with Flatbread. Nothing better than a fresh bowl of Viper Stew, especially if the Vipers are really fresh.

Travel safely and watch for traps and sandstorms. I will be looking forward to seeing you all on this side of the desert.

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

Larry the Caravan Master



Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 4, 2019

1900 days ago, I began this journey to the land on no sickorettes. 

It began on a surgical table with a triple-bypass. I'm not even sure that the doctors were sure I would come off of that table alive.

They kept me in a chemical coma in ICU for the next three days. I was moved to a room then and was still out of it for another day.

I spent the next week recovering enough to go back home.

I was home all of one day and had to return to the hospital. I had Pneumonia.

A week later I returned home again.

A day and a half later I returned to the hospital. They thought I was having another coronary infarction.

I was there about four days and returned home again. 

I was in and out of the hospital for a year of and on for problems.

Through all of this, I was smoke free. 

One month after my last smoke I found this site. With the help I received here, I remained smoke free. It wasn't easy, but my quit stayed going strong.

I found my journey through NML was best identified in my mind as traveling across a desert. The Caravan was born then.

I decided that the Caravan would continue after I made it across after I was told by so many that my trip was helping them make their journey. The Caravan has continued to this day so that others might find their way across that desert.

I have to thank so many that helped me along the way. They helped me stay on the right trail and make it through the pitfalls along the trail.

Some are still here, others have moved on in their journeys.

That being said, mount your camel and we will begin the journey once more.

Stay strong and keep your eyes poen for the traps set by Nic and his crew.

Stay on the trail that has been marked out and traveled by so many before you.

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

Larry the Caravan Master



Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 1, 2019

I have been moving along the trail towards the mountain.

I have passed several travelers as they work their way along the trail.

Last night I watched the sky as one year faded away and a new one arrived. The sight was magnificent as it reminded me of all those that have journeyed across the trail. The stars shone brightly in the sky.

I send my best wishes for this new year to each and every traveler on the trail across NML.

To those that are coming to the trailhead to begin their journey, I send you best wishes also along with the promise that there are many here to support you and aid you in your journey. 

To the new arrivals on this journey to being smoke-free, I send the same promises and wishes along with encouragement to stay strong in your journey.

To the elders, I send my thanks, my best wishes for the new year, and my deepest affection. I made my journey with your encouragement and support, for which I am forever thankful.

Continue the journey my friends. It is so worth the tests along the trail. Be safe and forever watchful of Nic's traps.

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

Larry the Caravan Master


Rampage !!!!

Posted by OldBones-Larry Dec 28, 2018

I awoke early this morning in a very foul mood. Sand fleas, ants, or some other little biting creatures had invaded camp. To top it all off, a scorpion decided that I needed to be stung!!

That is what brought me fully awake!!

We had been on the trail of some raiders that were destroying things along the trail when we made camp last night.

I told the porters this morning after what had happened during the night to either get rid of the creatures that were biting, or burn the blasted camp down and replace everything!!!!

I saddled up and resumed tracking. I was told that they were very close and I wanted to catch them.

After an hours ride, I found them and ambushed them.

They were captured without any shots being fired. 

We tied them all together and I sat down to try and decide what to do with them.

I had one that appeared to be one of the leaders brought to me.

Normally I would have stopped the bedoins from being too rough in their questioning, but, as I was still in a very bad mood I let them have free rein.

When the questioners saw that I was not going to stop them, they became rather cruel in their tactics to get answers.

After a few hours of questioning several of the captives and getting the same information from all of them, I told the men to take them to the old ruins deep in the desert and leave them there. I told them to make sure that the captives didn't leave the place. 

These old ruins are now inhabited by a colony of vipers. I know that if my men drove the captives in that none of them would leave the place.

I am now heading to where the trail is damaged the most to make repairs. 

I sent word to the Sheik of the hiding place of a group of Ol' Nic's crew. He will take some men and clean that bunch out so they will not be harrassing travelers any longer.

Keep traveling my friends. The land at the other side of NML await you. The water is sweet and the food is filling. 

I suggest everyone makes Carp's Cave their first stop. I can't say what the menu will be, but the food is great. I know the Scorpion Stew is the best I have ever tasted. Maybe they will have some Cobra Shish - Ka -Bobs on the menu when you are there.

I leave you now with these words ....

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

Larry the Caravan Master