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LEE THE HORSELOGGER I have had Lee bookmarked for a long time. I check on his Facebook page once in awhile. It would seem that his lifestyle would be a hard one to maintain, all those animals have got to be high maintenance in my opinion. But, anyway a lot of people seem to like to help him out with his lifestyle choice, and why not? Society is too regimented anyway nowadays in my opinion and Lee breaks the mold.
►About Lee and his travels: While Lee does not have problems like flat tires and engine breakdowns, there are a multitude of other problems occurring that may require Lee to stop or lay over somewhere. One of those problems is exhaustion, which Lee is encountering. Lee must see to his own basic needs and also those of four large animals. To put it a bit crudely, "it ain't no walk in the park." Every lifestyle has its trials and tribulations. Lee is living "a simple life" in a way: He doesn't have to be at a certain place at a certain time each day. He has no mortgage, electricity, or gas bills. But life is difficult for Lee in ways most of us cannot imagine. I think a better way of describing Lee's life is "uncomplicated and basic." Imagine driving a team of three horses down a narrow road while impatient drivers behind you pass you as fast as they can, and drivers coming from the other way whiz past you. Lee has to keep the animals calm and keep the wagon on the road. It takes skill and concentration to do that. Lee has to concentrate on the horses -- 100%. The horses might be spooked by a flag flapping in the wind, a dog barking, or a thousand other things. One horse might take a notion to just stop and back up, dragging the others along. They might see some juicy green grass and decide it's time for a snack. They are not predictable, and Lee must always be on the alert. Lee has only the reins and his voice to control them. You know how annoying is when you are driving in the rain and a semi-truck goes by and sprays your windshield? When a semi goes by Lee, it soaks Lee, the horses, the wagon AND the contents of the wagon. When you are on a trip, and you want to stop for the night, you find a motel, grab your bags, lock your car, get settled in the room, and go out for dinner. Lee must first find a place where the owner does not object to the presence of his wagon and the animals. It must be a place near to a restaurant or eatery, because Lee doesn't have cooking facilities in the wagon. This usually means he stops for the night in a parking lot. Then he must first see to the needs of two horses and two large dogs. After the animals have been cared for and fed, and Lee has eaten, and he has visited with many curious and helpful people, he tries to get some sleep. He has a place in the wagon to sleep, but the nature of Great Pyrenees dogs is to warn and protect their human. Therefore, every time a vehicle goes by, they bark. That is their JOB. They bark loudly, and often. It's impossible to sleep through the noise. Those are only a few of the obstacles Lee faces every day. Lee has informed me of these problems, but isn't complaining. That's just the way it is. Fortunately, everywhere he goes, there are wonderful, generous people eager to help him in any way they can. I just want to say that while we may lose confidence in the people who are running our great country, and we are all facing huge problems like skyrocketing utility bills, our young people being sent to war, etc., it is extremely heartening to follow Lee and his determination and be able to witness the kindness and generosity of everyday people he meets along the way. Lee is touching people's hearts and they are touching his. It's a great story, isn't it? ~Patty◄
RANCHO COSTA NADA This listing was sent to me by a man named "Tom Hathaway" and i want to thank him again for taking the time to send me this link. OK, this listing here should be interesting to many of you because it shows what a person can do by just thinking a little and having some fun being creative. I am familiar with the Imperial County of California, it is located mostly at the South East corner of the state and gets very hot in the summertime, plus it is has a lot of agricultural land along with a lot of barren desert land. The website linked here has a lot of interesting pictures plus some useful information you might be able to apply in your own life. Anyway, the picture on the right shows the author walking by and clicking on the picture takes you to his website, i guess.
►This book tells how to live cheap in the desert. It's a survival guide for frugal living, about how to live on almost nothing after quitting the job, the commute hassle, the mean boss, and all the nagging worries about rent and mortgage. It's about self-reliance, independence, and a life of freedom and leisure. Amazon says that "Rancho Costa Nada: The Dirt Cheap Desert Homestead," has become one of the top ten survivalist books. Originally Rancho was published by Loompanics, a catalog publisher of quirky books that went out of business and sold "Rancho" rights to Paladin Press, another interesting publisher. "Rancho Costa Nada" tells how the author bought 10 worthless acres in the California desert for three hundred bucks. For another hundred, he built a comfortable little hogan out of scrap lumber and sand bags. Some ideas he figured out for himself, such as how to be his own utility district. Other schemes for frugal desert living came from half a dozen fellow homesteaders in the barren waste of the Smoke Tree Valley in Imperial County, California. The author is no pioneer. Just an average mope without any particular survival skills or homesteader attributes such as carpentry or auto mechanics. He was raw. But he found out that by using a few simple expedients it's easy to live for almost nothing. No hardship. The cash he generates (and how hard is it to turn a few bucks in Samland?) becomes disposable income. So he travels during the summer inferno and uses the Rancho as home base in winter (unless he's house sitting or on the road).◄
LIVE WORK DREAM Here is another example of people leaving the corporate system and making their own lifestyle. This website linked here has a lot of good information for your perusal. They have articles on subjects such as: Best campsites, good eats, watering holes, etc. Also, lots of good pictures for you to look at.
►Welcome. We're Jim and René @LiveWorkDream, thanks for stopping by. We are young RV snowbirds working from the road who love to share our story, hoping it will inspire others to follow their own dreams. When our dog Jerry was diagnosed with bone cancer in late 2006, we quickly made plans that changed our lives forever. By June, 2007 we had sold our business, home and nearly everything we owned. We hit the road in an RV to explore the country leaving the corporate world behind – and never looked back. Over the next three years we traveled the country in search of the next big thing. After building a couple online communities and considering various business opportunities, we realized we could never return to typical day jobs. Perhaps you’ve seen us. We're the ones with the big satellite dish and websites listed all over our rig. Our travels with Jerry were featured in Nature: "Why We Love Cats and Dogs" which first aired on PBS in 2009. To support the RV lifestyle we love so much, we earn our income a number of different ways. René is a freelance writer, Jim is a graphic designer and together we do marketing for the perfect company. This US based manufacturer helps us maintain our goal of personal wellness and financial freedom with steady commission checks simply by generating referrals. We operate this business and help others do the same, from the comfort of our own home – wherever it may be parked today. After full-timing for three years we are now snowbirds, working from the mountain home we call Jerry's Acres nestled in the Rocky Mountains about an hour from Fort Collins, Colorado. When the snow falls, we hit the road with new "Tripawds spokespup Wyatt" until Spring. Maybe we'll see ya deep in the heart of Texas!◄
ZEN STOVES If you have an interest in small backpackable fuel efficient stoves then you are probably going to like this website. Included are both factory made and homemade stoves with material lists and how-to-build plans which are free. Picture on the right is of "Jerry Pepera's homemade Zip Stove".
►Welcome and enjoy your tour. Since the discovery of fire and cooking, man has endeavored to eat tasty and hot meals. For backpackers wishing to take on the challenges of the wilds, they can do so and still enjoy a hot brew or freshly cooked meal without needing to rub two sticks together. Portable homemade backpacking stoves such as the many variations of the infamous alcohol stove have been used for a long time in Europe, by the Boy Scouts and are now just gaining popularity with ultralight backpackers and thruhikers in America. This site is composed of a compilation of techniques and ideas dealing with commercial and do it yourself (DIY) camping stoves that use alcohol and other hiker friendly (as well as unfriendly) fuels for cooking. If you choose to experiment with one the many DIY stoves on this site, please use common sense and read the Warnings and Disclaimer. Please refer to the Credits Page for sources of information and happy stoving!◄
THE LOST BUS At about maybe October of 2011, i saw these guys here in my hometown of Crescent City, California. They were parking the bus in a parking lot and i decided to look them up on the internet and read their story. Kind of interesting. Probably these guys are unemployed, but trying to do something creative which i think is cool.
►All three of the Lost Bus members are long time best friends and graduates of Holland Christian High School. Our dream has become a reality through establishing the Lost Bus. We purchased our bus as a 1996, International Carpenter 65-passenger school bus. It has a 444E, 7.3L turbo engine with an original 140,000 miles on it. Since the purchase back in November of 2009, it has become so much more than an ordinary 1996 school bus. Please read on to see some of the modifications and additions we have or are in the process of doing to create our bus into the most efficient and effective mobile headquarters; but more importantly, a home. All members have had to give up a lot in order to make this dream a reality, but decided the excitement of travel and their enthusiasm to make a change in the world out-weighed their losses. Here is a short background bio of all three members that you may like to know. Have you spotted the Bus? Tour the Bus and meet the crew! Invite us over to your place or out for food/drinks. We are a friendly bunch and love to meet new people, especially the locals! Please let us know if you have any suggestions or work. So what are you waiting for, give us a call! (616) 886-6799.◄
TECHNOMADIA This cool couple have a plan and they are living it out right as i speak. The link here takes you to their popular website which documents their travels and other items of interest.
►We are two gen-X geeks who are utilizing technology to engage in a full-time traveling lifestyle – in other words, we're technomads. Technomad: Technology enabled nomad. Our journey is not one of sabbatical or retirement – nor have we set an end date. We aim to create a long term sustainable lifestyle that combines our hi-tech careers with a rich and fulfilling life full of travel, community, adventure, wanderlust, and amazing experience. We feel that the sky is the limit to where our adventures might take us, and we're still only just getting started! We intend to keep this blog as an authentic recording of our personal journey. It's a mash-up of travelogues so we don't forget and thoughts on how we make our mobile life of intent work. We share what we've learned because we're inspired to share and it will come in bursts as we have time. We have no aims to make an income stream out of this blog, and honestly – blogging for dollars just doesn't sound like fun to us. We feel we're richly rewarded for our efforts on this blog by all the amazing people we've met and opportunities that wouldn't have manifested otherwise. We blog because . . . Well . . . We enjoy it! And we'd absolutely love to hear from you and meet-up during our adventures!◄
HOMELESS BY CHOICE I really like this Blog and wished the author would add to it occasionally. Unfortunately the last update is: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010. There seems to be a lot of useful information on this blog, very practical information and advice for the wandering person. Picture on the right says: "Homeless By Choice" Extolling the virtues of "Free Sleeping" A Blog on personal economy, Self-Sufficiency, Freedom, Extreme budget Travel and the Rent Free Lifestyle.
►Glenn Campbell is this dude who used to work as a baggage handler for US Airways until he got laid off in 2008. The good news: He still got to fly for free for three more years—without the inconvenience of working for it. The bad news: He had little money and couldn't afford rent or hotels. The solution: He became deliberately homeless, finding ways to live comfortably while paying little or no rent. This blog recounts some of the things he learned — It's all about freedom, creativity, and finding clever ways to do what you want within the limited resources you have.◄
CHRISTOPHER NYERGES I have watched this man on television as he was being featured by Huell Howser in his series "California Gold". Chris was able to identify a number of plants suitable for eating even in the city of Los Angeles, i am talking about wild plants growing in vacant lots, etc. Chris can teach you a lot of survival skills helpful even in a city situation.
►Since 1974, Christopher Nyerges has taken over 30,000 children and adults on Wild Food Outings, Survival Skills Outings, and other field trips and outdoor programs. He has worked with such groups as WTI Inc. (original sponsor of the outings), Tree People, Southwest Museum, Boy Scouts of America, The Sierra Club, Elder Hostel, and many colleges, schools, churches, and libraries.
He is the author of seven books, including Guide to Wild Foods and Enter the Forest. He has had thousands of newspaper and magazine articles published since the mid-1970s, and is currently the editor of Wilderness Way magazine. His classes and workshops have been featured on all Los Angeles area television stations, including KCET's "Life and Times" and Huell Howser's popular "Visiting" show. For two years, he appeared on Fox TV's "X Show", demonstrating survival skills on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Christopher makes his home in the out skirts of Los Angeles, California. He holds classes on a weekly basis throughout the year, where folks from all ages and backgrounds have an opportunity to learn from one of the countries foremost authorities on survival and emergency preparedness. His unique style of instruction, coupled with the out in the field classes makes for an easy to learn, way to spend an afternoon.◄
HOUSE SITTERS AMERICA This site specializes in "House Sitting" a little different than "Caretaking". Some of you portable dwellers might like to try this angle for finding temporary housing.
►Would you like a change of scenery for very little cost? Are you sick of paying rent? Want to save for that something special? Like to take your family on an interesting holiday? Love caring for animals? If so, then house sitting and/or pet minding is definitely for you. Our website can match your expertise with a householder looking for someone just like you!
With House Sitters America you can . . .
Contact homeowners who advertise for a house sitter.
Advertise your house sitting services to homeowners throughout America.
You can . . .
• Save a bundle by living rent free!
• Earn an income as a professional house & pet sitter.
• Travel throughout America experiencing house sits in different cities and states.
• Enjoy the nomadic, exciting house sitting lifestyle.
• Start that much put off project e.g. write that novel or book, paint or sculpt that masterpiece.
• Feel great knowing you are minimizing the home & pet owner's worries & concerns.
What is house sitting?
House sitting is living in a person's house for an agreed period of time while they are away. You maintain the house as if it were your own, doing any household jobs that need doing such as pet care, garden maintenance, forwarding mail etc. House sitting can vary, from a weekend up to 3 years (or longer) and anything in between.
What is caretaking?
A caretaker is a person who is paid to manage a property that is involved in a business. This may include positions such as ranch sitters, bed and breakfast hosts, or managers at resorts or campgrounds. A caretaker is generally distinguished from a housesitter in that they are involved with running the business while the owner/manager is away, and they may or may not reside on the property. Caretakers are not licensed, and are therefore paid according to a private agreement between themselves and the owner/manager.◄
MIND MY HOUSE Billed as "Bringing home owners and house sitters together". Nice website based in New Zealand.
►Welcome to MindMyHouse – a global house sitting matching service. We provide all the online tools for home owners and house sitters to find each other from around the globe (or around the corner). And it works! Our house sitters provide their pet and house sitting services for free in exchange for the privilege of accommodation in the owner's home. Home owners join for free. House sitter memberships are the cheapest on the web at only US$20 or equivalent per year. Dual memberships are perfectly respectable.◄
HOUSECARERS Looks like another quality house sitting site providing a good service to hopefully many people. This business based in Australia, but provides service worldwide.
►HouseCarers invites you to join one of the fastest growing popular trends in the world today - House Sitting. HouseCarers provides the most comprehensive information available on house sitting. We guide you through the process of successfully matching homeowner with sitters. Housesitters list their preferences through a simple registration process. Homeowners communicate with sitters through our confidential message system to preserve privacy and security. Whether you're a house sitter or a homeowner, HouseCarers brings peace of mind closer to home.◄
CARETAKER-JOBS This website is owned by the house sitting website called Housecarers.com above. It specializes in Caretaking as opposed to House Sitting.
►Caretaker-Jobs.com is dedicated to serving the needs of property owners and caretakers world wide. Our focus is providing a secure environment where property owners can quickly match, screen, and select caretakers; and caretakers can achieve their financial and lifestyle objectives. We also help fill, related live-in horse jobs, ranch jobs and summer jobs. We guide you through the process of successfully matching property and estate owners with caretakers. Candidates list their preferences, experience, and motivations through our simple registration process. Property owners may list free caretaker wanted ads and communicate with caretakers through our confidential message system to preserve privacy and security. Whether you're a property owner or a property caretaker, Caretaker-Jobs.com will help you find a match you can trust.◄
CARETAKER GAZETTE This very useful publication has been around for a long time and been of help to many people i'm sure. Consider it a resource and possible option in locating a place to live if even temporarily. Some people even become professional caretakers as a way of life. But you have to establish a good name for yourself as someone dependable, reliable and trustworthy.
►THE CARETAKER GAZETTE is a unique newsletter containing property caretaking and house sitting jobs, advice, and information for property caretakers, housesitters, and landowners. Published since 1983, it's the only publication in the world dedicated to the property caretaking field. The GAZETTE provides its subscribers with thousands of house sitting and property caretaking jobs each year. We have housesitting jobs in all 50 US States, Canada, Mexico and dozens of other countries. All of our subscribers also receive, at no extra charge, email listings of new rent-free living opportunities (when property owners need to find house sitters very quickly) several times each week. You can enjoy rent-free living as a property caretaker in desirable locations. Positions on estates, mansions, farms, ranches, resort homes, retreat centers, camps, hunting and fishing lodges, vacation homes, private islands, and any other kind of property imaginable are listed in The GAZETTE.◄
DWELLING PORTABLY Link goes to product at Amazon. This publication has been around for a long time and the authors live the life believe me. You can buy back issues on Amazon.com and they have a book available for sale. See below.
"This legendary zine has been crammed full of information about living without a permanent residence for nearly thirty years - tips for biking, tents, showering, cooking, etc. It is written by many folks who have lived the lifestyle far outside of cities and bereft of technology."
Dwelling Portably 1980-89
by Bert Davis; Holly Davis
PUBLISHER: MICROCOSM PUBLISHING ©2008
Size 8.25 x 5.25 x 0.5 Inches
CITY-DATA This might be a great resource for those of you looking for a place to go to live or visit. Could be used in conjunction with the house sittings websites above or just for your own personal research.
►We've collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create as complete and interesting profiles of all US cities as we could. We have over 94,000 city photos not found anywhere else, graphs of latest real estate prices and sales trends, recent home sales, home value estimator, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, state profiles, crime data, registered sex offenders, cost of living, housing, religions, businesses, local news links based on our exclusive technology, birthplaces of famous people, political contributions, city government finances and employment, weather, tornadoes, earthquakes, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, air pollution, latest unemployment data, time zones, water systems and their health and monitoring violations, comparisons to averages, local poverty details, professionally written city guides, car accidents, fires, bridge conditions, cell phone and other towers, mortgage data, business storefront photos, a forum and a social network with 1,000,000 registered members and 16,000,000 posts, blogs, 5,000 user-submitted facts, 27,000 exclusive local business profiles with photos, restaurant inspection results, and more demographics.
If you ever need to research any city, zip code, or neighborhood for any reason, from considering a move there to just checking where somebody you know is staying, this is the site for you.◄
BLTP SANDWICH This is really a modified BLT Sandwich, the "P" stands for "pickle". Don't like dill pickle? Don't include it on the sandwich, simple huh? I love BLT's (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato sandwich. The recipe below is for 8 people - 1 sandwich each, but it is possible to make just one sandwich for yourself: Divide the ingredients by "8", i guess.
1 1/2 pounds thickly sliced bacon (at least 3 slices per person)
16 slices white bread, toasted
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 small head lettuce
4 dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat, working in batches, until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
Spread each slice of toast with mayonnaise. Top half the slices with the tomatoes, lettuce leaves, pickles, and bacon. Top with the remaining toast.
FREE GAS USA This might be something worthwhile for some of you that qualify. First, check their website to see if you are in the right category for aid, and then send them an application downloaded from their website. Please do not try and abuse this generous program.
►Free Gas USA, Inc. is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, established to provide gasoline grant assistance for poverty-stricken individuals and families residing in the United States of America. Founded in 2008 during the height of the gasoline crisis, Free Gas USA partners with public, private, philanthropic and other religious organizations to help resolve the daily transportation needs of low-income, elderly and disabled American consumers. Free Gas USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baptism USA Ministries. Free Gas USA, Inc. provides gasoline grants in denominations ranging from $50 to $1200 dollars. Grants are need-based and restricted to fuel purchases only. Recipients are assigned coded fuel cards thus limiting their purchases. Gasoline purchases are permitted to provide for basic necessities such as employment, educational and medical conveyances. Fuel acquisitions for grocery shopping is permitted and strongly encouraged. Gasoline grants are awarded monthly. Fuel cards are distributed based on donations received, geographical restrictions of funds processed and the location(s) of participating gasoline distributors. In order to minimize corporate expenses and maximize grant awards, Free Gas USA does not distribute gasoline grant applications via United States mail. Therefore, grant applicants must obtain an application via this website. All applications must be submitted with an agency referral form or they will not be processed.◄
OFF-GRID Link goes to product at Amazon. This here is a relatively new website featuring the subject as the title says: Living off the grid on your own land. Possible future source of low cost real estate. Contains input from people currently living off-grid. Link is to product info at Amazon.
►Off-Grid reports on the people, technologies, events and influences throughout the global off-grid community. The Landbuddy section helps you find others to go off-grid with and the free classifieds are full of ads for off the grid real estate. The Off-Grid101 section is packed with basic information from the right kind of solar cooker to how to gather rainwater. With daily news stories and a busy forum, off-grid.net is an indispensible part of daily routine for many off-gridders. The brainchild of author and campaigner Nick Rosen, the site now has 75,000 visitors a month, mainly from the US and UK, and continues to expand. Off-Grid.net is an eclectic mix of practical advice, news from the on-grid world and issues rarely covered by the mainstream media. It promotes the many enterprises that are working for a sustainable future. It campaigns on issues affecting people who live or work off-grid, including zoning/planning permission where we are calling for changes to allow people to receive special permission to set up off-grid homes in places which do not currently have residential permission. We want to see large-scale off-grid developments in towns and in the countryside, so that the hundreds of thousands who would like to live this way are free to do so. The UK edition of the book "How to Live Off-Grid" is published by Bantam. Off-Grid is currently preparing a book for publication in the US in April 2010. The site flourishes thanks to the support of its loyal readers in the form of advertising and retail sales. We encourage you to join in the forum, and post comments about specific stories. Donations are welcome from individuals and organisations who wish to provide greater support for our work and can be made online through PayPal to nick (at) off-grid.net. You can also email us this way or phone: +44 (0) 7971 543703.◄
I HATE MY LIFE
I found this website to be quite interesting. It is the story plus lots of information about this one man's bout with homelessness. This guy is not a substance abuser or mentally ill or a criminal. His story is proof of how easy it is for someone to become homeless in today's society even if you do not have severe personal addiction problems.
►I became homeless in March of 2002 through a series of bizarre events (that I am not posting here as I am trying to sell the story or the screenplay). But it was a happy ending; I got off the streets April 1, 2003. I was not (and am not now) a drug addict or an alcoholic. The fact is working/sober people can become homeless too. Indiana Congresswoman Julia Carson knows this to be true. A member of her staff found my web site and wrote me an e-mail informing me that "40% of the homeless in America are employed." I'll be honest, before I became homeless I knew very little about homeless people. While I gave them money occasionally, I was really ignorant about their situation. Why were they homeless? Didn't they have any friends or family to help them? Well, I had "friends" and I was homeless. The worst part about being homeless wasn't living on the streets or being hungry, it was having my friends, or the people I thought were my friends, turn their backs on me. When I called these people they treated my situation with absolutely no urgency. It was as if I told them I just "had a cold" and it was no big deal. What was really amazing is many of them would tell me how hard they had it. Here is the very phone I called people from (shows phone).◄
AIDPAGE Some of you may have a need for this service occasionally. It is still an active website and might be a useful communication device for locating a place to stay or something. Billed as "The biggest mutual support community on the web - Join Now - it's free!"
►Looking for help . . .? Just need to talk to somebody . . .? Want to help somebody. . .?
Make an aidpage about whatever is on your mind. Tell about yourself. Add pictures. Making an aidpage is easy . . . technical skills are not required. . . and Aidpage is free. Then. . . browse other people's aidpages. Use the comments section on their aidpages. Write to them. Post web links and pictures. You can send them private messages too. Some of them will reply to you. At the same time, other people will be visiting your aidpage and will be writing to you. Write back to them. Talk to each other. Make aidmates. Come back on Aidpage every time you need to share something. On Aidpage, people are real - it's not like TV. Real people talk to each other and help each other. That's what Aidpage is about. How can people help each other on Aidpage? Aidpage doesn't tell you how to help each other... It's up to you to decide. Advice, good information, and friendship are easy to share right here on Aidpage. But you can do whatever you want. . . or whatever you find necessary. . . in whatever way you want. Use the information and web links contributed on Aidpage by other people. Add your own web links and resources. Be a good aidmate. Tell your friends and relatives about Aidpage. The more people know about Aidpage, the better for all aidmates. This is the easiest way to help each other.◄
HITCHHIKING Hitchhiking, Rail & Road Travel - the site of the subcultural movement.
►digihitch.com was created in February of 2001 as an interactive place on the web where hitchhikers and road travelers could meet and share resources. Using a new web portal system called PHP-Nuke (then in version 4), the site was organized into topics and categories most relevant to road travelers. The original idea and content for digihitch came from Morgan 'Sal'man Str©b. Inspired
by the hard work of hitchhikers like Bernd "The Thumb" Wechner of Suite101.com, Vladas Sapranavicius of Vilnius Hitch-Hiking Club and others, Morgan decided to build a website that reflected the subculture of travel. Our slogan, "the site of subcultural movement", says that you can connect with people, stories and tips of uncommon travel to go further. Now, digihitch.com has over 7500 registered users, with over 30,000 unique visits each month and well over 10 million pages viewed since its start. We've reached critical mass, thanks to each and every member who has chosen to pitch in a voice and make digihitch a home on the web. As interaction is the key part of digihitch.com, we've provided some great features, allowing users to get involved and share stories. The Great Campfire is our message forum, with thousands of posts and dozens of new topics each week. The Stories section allows road travelers to share their stories, tips and news- now with hundreds of articles available. Web Links has become an exhaustive resource for sites related to the mode, with over 1500 sites/pages featured. Our goal at digihitch.com is to continue to provide a welcome place on the web for hitchhikers and extreme road travelers. At the same time, we want to promote a more positive image of the nature of hitchhiking and "road questing". We hope to accomplish this by offering up quality resources and promoting those people and organizations who carry the spirit of the road on. That is . . . To trust each other, go further, share freedom and help those in need along the way. After all, a hitchhiker is a kind of road bard, carrying a message of possibility and- often- inspiration to the drivers and onlookers he or she meets. As we say on digihitch . . . We provide the space, you chip in the voice. We hope you'll contribute to the community, and find the resources that will allow you to go further.◄
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