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OldBones-Larry

Sweet Revenge

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 31, 2014

Last night, Ol Nic decided to try attacking my camp. That was a mistake on his part. Did he think I wouldn't be watching for him after seeing what he did to the supplies at the oasis? Well, nobody said he was a genius, did they? LOL

He was running with the Tobacco Brothers. My party defended the camp with honor. The brothers were ground out. They fell among the camels and were crumbled into little pieces. All we found this morning were little scraps of them.

As to Nic, I fought him myself. He won't be going anywhere for a while. I put a large helping of Whoop-a$$ on him. We left him laying there this morning when we left. He has no supplies or water. We will see how he likes being in the situation he wanted to leave so many in. If you come across him, do not give him any aid. You will be able to tell it is him by the horrid odor he gives off. It's time he learned that we mean business!!!

I met a few travelers and replaced their camels for them. I give everyone I meet encouragement to continue, and directions if they need them. Several have strayed from the trail and I had to get them back on it.

Wishing all a very safe journey.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Up To Speed Revisited

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 31, 2014

First, you will all be glad to know I have not, nor will I, smoked. It isn't worth the heartache to me to do that. I have worked too D^%*$d hard to get to where I am!

I trust doc to know what he is doind. Besides, I have an appt. with my surgeon next week. Will see what he thinks, as he is watching these lung masses also.

I really hope that my posts do help someone. If one person is helped, then I have done what Great Spirit put me here for.

As to that C word, I have been flirting with that for over 6 months. Lung and liver. Both have been suspect during that time.

I want everyone here to know how much I do love and cherish them. I would have fallen by the wayside several times without my family here.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

Up To Speed

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 30, 2014

Not looking for sympathy or anything. I just got my guts up to write this.

I went to the pulmonologist Wednesday to review my last CAT scan. The results are .... no changes that can be seen in the growth in my right lung. That was good news. Then he said that I had something show up in my left lung that wasn't there before. Not good news. I now have to wait  6 months and have another scan to see it that one grows and if anything else changes.

I was also told I have COPD with emphasema. That is why I can't breath for s%$&!!! Another bit of crappy news.

Needless to say, I am not feeling very good right now.

Larry

I arrived at one of the oasis this morning and found the food supplies, along with all the other supplies I left, either gone or trampled into the ground. We found the tracks of the animals that we know Nic O Demon and his group ride.

 

I have sent to our bedoin friends for assistance. They will bring more supplies here to restock this place. They have also pledged to try to find this bunch of bandits. Nic and his friends will pay dearly if the bedoins find them.

 

I am riding ahead to the next oasis to see if it has been raided also. I pray they have not been, as the travelers will need supplies for their journey.

 

To everyone traveling the desert of NML, I send a message of encouragement. You can finish this journey. I am very proud of how far you have come, and I know how much farther you can go.

 

Please restock from the supplies I have left along the way, and be sure to refill all your waterskins at each oasis.

 

Watch for the signal fire at the edge of NML. It will guide you the last stretch of your journey.

 

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

 

Hugs and love to all.

 

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Moving Along

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 28, 2014

Yesterday evening, the string of camels came to a dead stop. I rode back, only to find one on the ground. When I checked , I found a broken leg.

I put the poor animal out of pain, but I am now having to stay here for a few days. It doesn't sound appetizing, but I am drying the meat to take with me. My bedoin friends tell me that it is a very good meat and has lots of nutrients. I will only say, you have to keep your strength up to meet the challenges of the journey. I myself will eat anything that will help me achieve that.

One of the bedoins took the hide to get it cured and added to others for a new tent.

I have seen a lot of travelers heading to the free land behind me. I check with them to see if they need anything, then wish them safe travels.

I bandaged up several travelars that had injured themselves and were struggling. After some rest, they decided to travel on. I sent herbs and bandages with them. One of the bedoins is traveling with them to guide them for a while till they recover.

Stay safe in your travels, my friends. Always remember that slow and steady is sometimes best.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Desolation Point

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 25, 2014

I arrived at Desolation Point at the Relapse Rocks this morning. I found evidence that someone tried using the path across the point. They slipped, and it looks as though they caught themselves and didn't fall to the rocks below. I went over and posted an even bigger marker directing people to the other path I blazed.

I have been piling boulders across the path leading to Desolation Point to try and prevent any injuries there. The camels don't seem to mind pulling them for me. I climbed down to check at the bottom and found signs that someone had fallen clear down. They must have gotten back up though. I will watch for them as I continue back along the trail.

I have been leaving supplies at the oasis as I come to them. Also, I have re-stocked the dried grasses.

Several people I have passed were riding on injured animals. I gave them a fresh camel and will take the one they were riding with me.

I will hunt some fresh meat this evening, as my stock of it is getting low. I'm not sure what I will find, but I'm sure I will find something.

Keep traveling my friends. The journey is well worth it, though it seems very hard here in the desert. I have been to the end of NML and can tell you that the land is so green over there. My friends at the camp are keeping the signal fires lit to help to find your way out. I have the trail well marked for you.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Back Across The Desert

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 23, 2014

I picked up my new camels and began the journey back across the desert. I will be watching for travelers that are wandering off the trail. When I get to Desolation Point at Relapse Rocks, I will check to be sure nobody has fallen over the edge. The trail to bypass this place is well marked, so I shouldn't find anyone.

I hung the stone the Old Goat gave me by a cord around my camels neck. I keep it well cleaned so it can be easily read. It is a good reminder to me as well as the travelers I meet to Keep Them Away From Your Face.

I have had to replace several markers along the trail, but most of them have faired well.

I am checking each traveler as I meet them. I will re-supply them and offer any help that I can.

Safe journey to everyone.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

I am making my way back down the mountain. It is time to retun across NML to help others. I have the stone given my by the hermit of Carps Cave from the old goat. I have the Moses Dust to clear the way if a sandstorm blows up.

I will strive to do my best to guide others safely through the snares of NML that they may make it through safely. I will check the signs I left and replace any that need to be.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master.

OldBones-Larry

Wisdom Gained?

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 14, 2014

143 days.

I awoke this morning to a beautiful sunrise.

When I was returning to my tent, I noticed a small bag beside the entrance to my tent. Is this the Moses Dust? The dust clinging to the outside of the bag looks like none I have ever seen. I followed the tracks from the bag back to a hidden crevice in the mountainside. Inside is a small cave and the floor in the back corner is covered with this dust. Is this where I must come to refill the bag if I need to?

As I came out of the cave, I saw the old goat. I traveled on up the mountain to the house. As I looked into the goat's eyes, I felt like she was telling me that all the wisdom I needed for my work in the desert of NML was already in my heart and mind. I had learned it on my own journey across the desert. That wisdom? N.O.P.E.  .... Not One Puff Ever !!!!! This is what was carved on a large rock next to the cave. This is the message I must give to everyone that travels the caravan trail !!!!!

She turned and led me to a table filled with foods. I took my meal as she watched. I was refreshed and felt strong once more. As I ate, she instructed me about the Moses Dust. She said to cast it into a sandstorm, speaking the words, "Sand don't smoke. Sand don't smoke." A way would open through it for my caravan to travel safely onwards if I follow these instructions. She confirmed that I was to return to the cave for more if I needed it.

I am now waiting to see if the Old Goat wishes to speak more, or if what I have felt deep inside about wisdom gained on my journey and what she has told me is all I will need to know. If I awake in the morning and she has not spoken, or is gone, I will know that it is time for me to begin my journey back across the desert.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

142 days into the journey.

The wise hermit at Carps Cave gave me directions to get to the top of the mountain. The route is pretty simple, but will not be easy traveling. I must reach the waterfall ahead and go to the left. From the waterfall I must travel the winding pathway upwards. I am told her home is at the very peak of the mountain.

Once I reach the top and can see her home, the Old Goat should be able to see me. I was told she will signal me to approach her home when she is ready to impart her wisdom.

Once I have seem the elder of the mountain, I will be ready to return across the desert for another caravan. I will check on everyone that is traveling the desert as I am returning. Those in need of assistance will be a great concern to me. I wish their trip to be successful. Nobody will be lost at the wayside if I can prevent it.

There is the home I seek. I must now wait here to be signaled to finish the journey upwards. This has been a long journey, but it has been worth every hardship encountered.

I await the goat.........

One step, and then another, gets you to where you want to go.

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Waiting For Wisdom

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 12, 2014

141 days into the journey.

The old goat has been watching me for several days now. I think she is trying to decide if I am worthy of her wisdom. I pray I am not found wanting and that she will pass her wisdom on to me. I am sure I will need it for my trips to lead others across the desert of NML.

I have been watching the caravan arriving below. I think everyone has faired well on the journey.

I will search my mind and soul until the goat decides to speak to me.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

137 days.

I have traveled on up the mountain. The peak is getting very close. I can see the old goat waiting beside a rock formation just ahead.What wisdom will the goat impart? Is the legendary Moses Dust real? Will the goat let me take a bag with me if it is real?

I have been looking back across the desert of NML and have seen the caravan stretching back into the distance. I now know for sure that I must return across that desert to lead others through the dangers and traps of NML.

I must remember to check Desolation Point on my way back across for anyone that has fallen over the edge. They could be severely injured if they did.

I am at the rocks and will wait for the goat to give me any wisdom, or materials, she thinks I will need in the future for my travels and work.

I look forward to helping many quitters across the desert of NML. The journey is long and difficult, but well worth the effort.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Up The Mountainside.

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 5, 2014

134 days into the journey.

I mounted up on a Yak 4 days ago and started up the mountain. The way was clear and I made good time for the first 2 days. I pushed on the third day and made it to the outcrop I had been steering towards.

I was met by the Gnu and Dale and invited into the Carp Cave. We dined on a delicious BBQ. They served a drink that was very tasty. It was also very strong!!!! The memories of this time will far outweigh any headache I am suffering.

This morning I continued upwards. I think I can see the wise old goat ahead. What wisdom will be given me. Will the goat be willing to supply me with the Moses Dust I was told about so I may continue leading the caravans?

The goats that are leading me are steering me towards what looks like a corral up ahead. From where it sits, it looks like I will have to continue on foot. I will meet the wise goat tomorrow sometime.

I have been watching as more of the caravan arrives each day. I asked the people at camp to welcome them with open arms. They assured me that each traveler would be welcomed with a feast. I would love to welcome them personally, but the wisdom the goat will provide is so important that I can't miss the chance I have been given to receive it.

I will close this journal entry so I may reach camp to rest for tomorrow.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

Day 130

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. I have left the desert and now must climb the mountain.

I checked on the camel I stitched up yesterday. She seems to be doing well, though she does have a bad limp. I hope she will heal up OK and not be crippled.

I have been looking up the mountain and planning my route up. I will go to the outcrop on the East, then go Straight up from there. That looks like the easiest route from here anyway.

I will spend today resting and getting things together for the climb up. I will start up the mountain in the morning. I'm looking forward to seeing the old goat. I wonder if he will have any information for my return to pick up another caravan. We will see whren I meet him.

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

Hugs and love to all.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Empty Camp?

Posted by OldBones-Larry Feb 28, 2014

I finished sewing up the camels leg once I got her calmed down and got it cleaned. It was a pretty bad cut and deep. I had to suture several layers inside before I could close the skin.

I am at my tent and have cleaned up. I haven't heard a sound since I entered my tent. When I looked outside, I didn't see a single light or campfire. Is the camp empty?

I am tired from the journey, so I will go to bed and sleep. I'll look for people in the morning.

Larry the Caravan Master