Test Driving a Tesla Model X

V and I went down to Burlingame, CA to test drive the Tesla Model S. V drove the Model S, I got to drive the Model X. Both cars are my favorite that I’ve ever driven… but the Model X is the car that I want more than any other. It’s so beautiful and fast.

Reading biographies of interesting people is one of my favorite things. This book was well worth the read.  Elon’s story is fascinating and the biographer does a good job of keeping it entertaining the whole way through.

I loved the car…. but the problem is that it costs around $100k and I could use that money to build income streams and travel more.

Despite how amazing that car is, I find it hard to actually want to have a monthly car payment of $1,200. Anyways, I like paying cash for cars so the idea of owning a car that loses me money every month is undesirable.

But I’m working hard on a lot of stuff so I’m sure that that monthly payment isn’t going to seem too large for long.

Keep traveling friends. Please let me know what you’re thinking in the comment section below.

Benjamin Jenks: Hitchhiking the USA and a New Perspective on Fear

A spontaneous decision led to a journey across America.

All with the goal of meeting people from all walks of life.

On that path he learned that helping people enriches, enhances and reflects who we are as human beings.

So sit tight for the stop-motion video genius.

The one and only, Benjamin Jenks.

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“Once you realise that we will all pass away some day, there is no fear.” – Benjamin Jenks (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Benjamin started with a travel blog and no clue how to sustain himself
  • Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) experiences on a flower farm
  • Tales of the Bayou with Timmy Joe Thibodeau, the French-Cajun outlaw
  • Quality of life vs. nominal value of your money
  • Hitchhiking USA… Yay or Nay?
  • The spiritual journey of entrepreneurship
  • How to travel on the cheap

Lovely Links:

  • Learn more about Gary Snyder the model for Kerouac’s “Dharma Bums”
  • Find out about Couchsurfing
  • Connect with Benjamin:

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Driving the California Passes: Sonora Pass

All I could think was, “…wow… I love this drive.”

I was driving over the Sierra Nevada mountains on California State Route 108. Driving through California mountains is a privilege. The views are utterly astounding and the road is reclusive and wild.

It’s a turbulent road that seems to be on the losing end of a battle against the wilderness that encompasses it. The heavy snows of winter assail the roadway mercilessly. The spectacle of elemental power freezing and thawing, heaving and releasing. The ice moves rocks, dirt and trees around unconcerned with the hard work and organization required to build the road. It’s a wild natural place that doesn’t give into the whims of human order. A place where mother nature still rules with overpowering dominance.

The Sonora Pass tops out at 9,624 ft. (2,933 m.) Tioga pass to the south (State Route 120.) The nice thing about Sonora is the solitude. It is far less visited and it isn’t a National Park so you don’t have to pay to cross.

The best time to take this drive is in spring (May/June.) Do not attempt it in the winter.

Practicalities:

-You can not do this all year round. When the snows come these passes become 100% impassable. Check the weather before you go.

-Drive very carefully and consciously. This is no place to rely on speed marker signs. If you are trying to go fast, go up to Interstate 80 through Reno, because this is a steep and tempestuous road.

-Make sure you are self reliant. Have a spare tire, a few tools and spare food. There is no cell phone service for much of the drive and the road has few visitors.

Nevada County, California, USA: Gold Country

Every time I go home I love to take a mini-trip out to Nevada County, California.  It’s  called Gold Country and it still feels a little like the wild west.  Nevada County is a great place to get lost.  You can explore the Feather River and the Yuba River.  The Tahoe National Forest is warm dry and beautiful in the summer.  These are probably some of my favorite places on earth.  They feel like home.

Every year millions of tons of snow melts in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The run-off is focused into powerful rivers which carve radical valleys from the  vast granite mountains.  Hiking into these river valleys is a mesmerizing experience.  They are deep and loud.  I often drink straight out of the rushing water.  It’s super clean and clear.  I’ve spent weeks in various valleys of the Yuba River.  I love it.

One of my best old friends lives out there.  I was lucky enough to meet up with her just after she bought a kick ass 4×4.  She is awesome.  I asked her if she wanted to go thrash through the mountains and test her new toy.  She agreed; she is awesome.  Our only goal was to go down some gnarly hills and test the capacity of her new kick ass 4×4.  That’s all we set out to do.  But we came across some cool stuff just by chance…

We are smiling for this photo because it’s cool to spend time with old friends.  What we are standing in front of isn’t cool.  This is an old hydraulic mining site called “You Bet.”  It’s sobering to drive deep into the mountains and find huge sites of wrecked barren land.  This is a lesson for all of us now; we must do what we can to preserve the earth.  We have lots of great stuff and it’s important to the future generations that we conserve the finite resources of Earth.  -Reduce Reuse Recycle-

After driving deeper and deeper into the forest we came across lots of amazing views.  We came to massive lookouts and awesome rivers.  As we were creeping back over some havoc strewn roads, we came across a peaceful wilderness grave yard.  It was strange to see the chain link fence so far from the reaches of civilization.

The grave stones were all from people that died while taming these crazy gold country.  One memorable grave stone:

“Her lies Pete Simpson

Profession: Logger

Cause of death: Log Fall”

Simple times for simple folks.

Looking over the grave stones of the men and women that lived in Nevada County in the early 20th century is thoroughly intriguing.  I don’t find graveyards to be disturbing in the slightest.  Graveyards are the most down to earth places one can visit.  They help one to think about life as a whole.  You can step out of your day to day life and see the historical relevance of it all.  The old gold mining towns in California are so rich with history.  Booming and busting overnight.  Those people lived lives that inspire me.  Often, I wonder if I would have enjoyed living in those times.  Would I like them more than life here and now?  Their lives involved riding horses through the rugged uncharted mountains with a back pack full of dynamite and a shovel in the search of wealth.  I like the sound of that.  These were true adventurers; mine pale in comparison.

The profound graveyard moment wrapped up and we jumped in our rubber footed, fossil fuel eating robot and commanded it to carry us through the mountains.  We had obligations back in Grass Valley and we intended to make them.  It’s a dusty dry trail up there in the summertime.