Lunch with Tempo, Galveston, TX

Merriam-Webster defines “gonzo (pronounced “gonzo \ gän-(ˌ)zō\” – not so sure about the second one) as an adjective: having a very strange or unusual quality. The full Definition of GONZO is as follows:

1: idiosyncratically subjective but engagé <gonzo journalism>
2: bizarre
3: freewheeling or unconventional especially to the point of outrageousness

Actually, I am Gonzo. That is a nickname that I treasure not because it is derived from my last name but because it is a tag given to me by my buddies from another time and circumstance who both challenged me and made me a man.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Hiking with AusieOne, Snow Canyon, Utah

 “I am idiosyncratic. I have bizarre moments. I can be quite freewheeling and unconventional. If you know me you know that to be true.”

~ Gonzo


Hiking, Red Rocks Rec Area, Utah

Tempo and I crossed that great divide of our mid-fifties this year. I look into the mirror every day and am shocked, “I’m getting old!” My body is breaking down to the point that you can hear the creaking. Adventures past have taken their toll on me…like a large truck ruts a once-fine road. Our lives have become a painful routine of work, home, watch TV, go to bed. We are ready to wander.

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Me: "We need a change."
Tempo: "What do you have in mind?"
Me: "What if we point our rig down this highway and just keep going?"
Tempo: "Let's do it!"


Hiking with AussieOne at Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

With mountainous dreams of ambiguous adventure we point our rig down the directionless road, moving away from the comfort of routine and our predictable lives. While we are not currently full-timers, every day the siren  beckons.

We are…GoingGonzo!

 “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

~ Shanti


AussieOne stopping to scratch, Snow Canyon, Utah

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Hi, I'm Gonzo (call sign "Ironman"). I like to think of myself as an ordinary guy making the "next thing" happen now. I live and work in Texas with my wife, call sign "Tempo" and our fur babies AussieOne, Red and Griz (call signs of course). Together we make up a merry band of travelers wandering in search of extraordinary experiences, good wine and the occasional craft beer. Thank you for your interest in our blog! Cheers!

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