Update on Narwal the Whale

Narwal – our 1988 Ford Econoline camper van – has been our mobile home for the last six months now.

This old beast has been so inextricably woven into the story of our journey through Appalachia that I’m going to devote a whole tab of this blog to her and her exploits.

Just a little over a week ago, I had heard very discouraging words about her from two mechanics and it seemed like she might be headed to the junkyard – or to be donated to public radio or something.

But now she lives!

I am not very enthused about the idea of riding out the whole winter in this little, drafty, unreliable van – but it now looks like we’re going to get established in an apartment by January 1, and Narwal may continue to be our mobile residence long into the future.

In the video below, we have not yet left our campsite at the Orchard at Altapass, south of Spruce Pine North Carolina – so you will get to see more of the fabulous views of the Appalachian mountains.

The video ends abruptly when I turn to greet some workers who have arrived to prune the apple trees in the orchard.


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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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