About

The Coleman Road Journal covers my life on the move - a life of perpetual change, a life of perpetual progress. My name is Craig and this is my journal.

In 2015 I plunged into a different mode of life. I left my job and traditional career pursuits, moved into my truck, and began building a new vision for how I wanted to live. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been messy at times, but I now see messy is a required part of my process. Messy wasn’t allowed before, and that was a big part of the problem.

For those not wanting my entire life story before getting the gist of this website, here are the basics of The Coleman Road Journal. It includes a blog that breaks into three areas, described below. The website also broadcasts podcasts and other media, which fall into the scope of the three areas, that I help produce.

Three Blog Areas

Throughout these threes areas I include app how-to’s/reviews; gear how-to’s/reviews; and book, blog, podcast, and video reviews. Generally, you’ll (hopefully) find humor and wit spattered throughout.

Backcountry

This area explores my love of nature and getting into the backcountry. I’ve got a customized Toyota Tacoma that enables adventure in and access to some of the best nature available. I’m going to tell you all about that - what I do, how I do it, and what I use. Consider the Coleman Road Journal one of your backcountry porn channels. Additionally, this area will cover my exploration of off-the-grid living. I seek out and assist those who build and maintain these types of properties to learn how to build one myself. I write and document what I learn here on that subject - covering battery banks, solar arrays, generators, water management, and more.

Meditation

This area explores my ongoing process of acceptance. I intend to be candid, raw, and personal, yet solution oriented. What do I mean by acceptance? That’s hard to boil down. I’ve spent the better part of 40 years pursuing other people’s expectations. The results are complicated - some good, some destructive, some neutral. As alluded to above, I’ve made a conscious shift to live differently now. This requires a reprogramming of sorts. By following this section of the Coleman Road Journal, you get a front seat to this process. I practice Vipassana meditation and share my experience with it. I confront my old instincts, assumptions, and belief systems and work to act with purpose and intention - and acceptance. I’m just as curious as you are to see what this means. Ultimately, though, I put this out there to help others with their process, whatever that may be.

Side Roads

This is the bucket for everything else I choose to write about. Expect lots of randomness, humor, and open investigation. For example: I support public lands and follow related policy. I often think it’s funny when people (don’t seriously) hurt themselves. Low carbohydrate high fat nutrition interests me. Despite numerous years as a desk jockey and academic, I just got my Class A CDL (commercial driver’s license) to drive big trucks if I need/want to. I tear up when I watch Armageddon or Les Miserables. I wet the bed until, like, age 11 - that’s funny. Grammar is important to me, even though errors are likely strewn throughout this website - to my horror. What is smart energy policy? The sound of people chewing food is one of the most revolting things ever; I’d rather listen to cows chew their cud. I follow Amy Goodman, Ben Shapiro, Jeremy Scahill, and David French - and find each of them good and bad points. These are some of my favorite things….

More about me

I must admit, I’m curious what percentage of readers actually made it down this far. I wish I could give you a prize. A quick bio, though hopefully entertaining, will have to suffice.

First off, I’m really deep - so deep that I put a poem I didn’t write down below that kind of applies to me. I see my life and interests as a metaphor - a road, if you will - so I’m leaving the name of the blog broad enough to allow room to manspread my legs.

I’m a jack-of-all-trades type - master of some. My past work reflects the disjointed thinker and doer I am. I’ve been a moving company business owner, Starbucks manager, bartender, pharmaceutical chemist, cancer researcher (I’m published), oceanographer, energy analyst, economics research project manager, wind turbine blade manufacturer, real estate flipper, manny (sometimes I call myself Craigy Poppins), and computer guy.

I’m product of the Chicago and New York City ‘burbs but also well-traveled and well-resided (is that even an expression?). Anyhoo, I’ve lived in Paris, Honolulu, the high-country of Colorado, and southeast Virginia.

I know I can come across as a cocky but genuinely work hard not to take myself too seriously.

I am quite interested in cultivating relationships with like-minded individuals around the world and hope the platform, along with social media magic, facilitate this.

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost