#38 - Talking Loneliness in the Backcountry on Valentine's Day

#38 - Talking Loneliness in the Backcountry on Valentine's Day

Using loneliness as a guide to self-discovery

Today’s conversation stems from a listener’s question - how do we handle loneliness. Though we touch on the practical things we do to keep ourselves busy, the bulk of our discussion focuses a slightly different question - Why am I lonely? Brian and I both share how our nomad lives improved our self understanding and helped us become comfortable being alone.

So settle in for another conversation from the road, one which includes humor, hypocrisy, and plenty of deep thoughts.

#32: Psychedelic Experiences while in Nature and Overland Vehicle Changes on the Horizon

#32: Psychedelic Experiences while in Nature and Overland Vehicle Changes on the Horizon

Managing nomad body pain, psilocybin talk, and truck mods

Topics discussed

  • Prompted by Brian’s persistent hip issues, we discuss the need to balance truck travel and body health. The more time we sit in our trucks, our hips, lower back, and leg muscles suffer. What’s the solution? Regular exercise? Raised roof and extended back vans? Pop up campers that allow stand up work? We discuss all these options.

  • Prompted by podcast episode #31, Talking Psychedelics with Sadie, Brian shares his past experience taking psilocybin in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area when he sustained a new perspective and connection with nature and a decreased sense of self. Craig and Brian discuss the virtues of psychedelics facilitating a shrinking of the ego and increasing the feeling of connection to all things. They also consider the value of having well thought out intentions when approaching psychedelics versus seeking recreation.

  • Brian discusses his plans for installing a new light system, winch, and secondary battery system (as Craig described in his earlier post). Craig discusses the impact of his new BF Goodrich All Terrain Light Truck KO2 tires in the snowy land of Gunnison, CO.

#31: Talking Psychedelic Therapy - Peyote, Ayahuasca, and Psilocybin

#31: Talking Psychedelic Therapy - Peyote, Ayahuasca, and Psilocybin

Out of the Facebook ether she pinged me and said she had a story to tell. We barely know each other, but she felt compelled to reveal her own exploration of using psychedelics to gain better awareness of her true self, and how she used the experience to accept who she is and be accountable.

Nomad Ramblings is a podcast about ordinary people who wander an unconventional path, whether internal or external, to shine a light for others to follow. I expect Sadie’s path to be instructive for many of us.

#30: Nicole Jaquis - “You don’t plan India, India plans you.”

#30: Nicole Jaquis - “You don’t plan India, India plans you.”

India Nomad

It’s hard to decide how to introduce Nicole Jaquis, today’s podcast guest. Do I start by describing her as a New York City seasoned multimedia producer & educator? Or a humble practicing yogi, regularly living in the India Himalayan mountains for the past 8 years? Or the dazed hippie chick/photography - philosophy major I knew back in our undergraduate days at Lake Forest College? Even after our conversation, I still don’t know, but I do sense that to put a title on her or attempt to fit her into any neat little box would do her wrong.

#26: Wintering Off Grid Ain't Easy

#26: Wintering Off Grid Ain't Easy

Snowmobiles, Mountain Town Work Opportunities, and Phytorite CBD to Ease the Pain

In this episode, Craig and Brian discuss Craig’s new reality of living off-grid, with snow accumulating and transportation challenges. Craig learns and acknowledges he is not a snowmobile badass.

Episode notes

#24: To Be or Not To Be an Influencer

#24: To Be or Not To Be an Influencer

Building on the conversation in episode #23, Craig and Brian discuss their own thoughts and process in their work with the Nomad Ramblings Podcast, their individual blogs (colemanroadjournal.com and coloradobackcountryadventures.com), and YouTube Channels (ColemanRoadJournal and ColoradoBackcountryAdventures).

  • Should we seek corporate sponsorship? What does that mean?

  • Could Patreon be a viable model for generating income and influence?

  • How do we maintain our integrity and autonomy while also seeking income with our content production?

We explore these questions and more in this instructive episode.

#20: Talking CBD with Mike Mathews of Player Complete and Sol Hustle

#20: Talking CBD with Mike Mathews of Player Complete and Sol Hustle

Episode 1 of our CBD Series

Have you heard the buzz about CBD as a cure all from anxiety, to pain, to cancer, to insomnia? So have we! Being nomads with plenty of city and country miles on our bodies (if you know what you mean), we’ve been curious about this promising product for some time. But, we’ve also been wary of the legality, the standards, and its true results. To that end, on this episode of Nomad Ramblings we sat down with Mike Mathews, an industry professional and founding partner of Player Complete, Inc., to learn more about the product, the promise, and the reality.

Mike is offering our listeners a 15% discount on a selection of their products. Just go to www.solhustle.com and enter nomad15 to get your product.

#18: Mental Health, Mountains, and How They Relate to Men

#18: Mental Health, Mountains, and How They Relate to Men

I’m going all in

As the title suggests, this episode is about mental health and how people like Brian and myself gravitate toward nature to heal and self-sooth. Going deeper than that, we discuss the societal barriers to mental health, the tragedy of Vets suffering from PTSD, increasing suicide rates, and I reveal parts of my own long, troubled history with the mental health industry and “sanity”, for lack of a better term.

#15: Technology and apps we use, and podcasts we listen to

#15: Technology and apps we use, and podcasts we listen to

Brian Galyon (of Colorado Backcountry Adventures) and I had a great chat yesterday about how we use computer related technology as full-time truck campers. This episode continues my ongoing participation in the podcast, Nomad Ramblings: Conversations from the Road. Subscribe on iTunes on your podcast app of choice.

#13: Stealth Truck Camping in Wrigleyville during the 2016 World Series and Responsible Overlanding

#13: Stealth Truck Camping in Wrigleyville during the 2016 World Series and Responsible Overlanding

Craig and Brain get amped about camping ethics, population creep in CO, and boondocking!

Topics discussed:

  • The impact of population creep along Colorado’s Front Range into the Rockies.

  • Camping ethics - pack out what you pack in or don’t camp!

  • How Craig’s truck setup allows for stealth camping - and that time he boondocked in Wrigleyville during the World Series!

#12: Redemption - Gaining Strength from Weakness

#12: Redemption - Gaining Strength from Weakness

Brian reveals lessons from a dark period of life and how he uses them as a force for good today

Topics discussed:

  • The toxic nature of ignoring and masking problems through substance abuse

  • The healing power of being vulnerable with those close to you - for you and others

  • How surrendering to “failure” can reveal the pathway to the life of your dreams