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Guest Blog: Huntington Beach Fun

My friend James Zosobo is the guest blogger this week as he takes us to Huntington Beach and tells us how to have a great beach day. If you would like to share a guest blog about life, travel, or fulfillment, drop me an email at vago@vagobond.com.


When it gets hot the beach is the place to go. During the summer every body goes to the beach on Saturday. Don’t be like the rest and get stuck in traffic only to find the beach parking lot is full and all the fire pits have been taken.
Huntington Beach is a great place to have fun in the sun. They have close parking, a large beach and great fire pits. If you want to be one of the lucky ones to have a nice fire at sun down than you have to plan ahead. Get all your supplies ready the night before. Have your car loaded with all non food items that have to be kept cold. If you have a mini van or suv load that baby up with all the comforts of home. Don’t be caught at the beach without all the goods.

Once you have it all together be prepared to wake up early. Someone will have to be at the beach at 6 am to secure the firepit. The rest of the crew should get there no later than 10 am. After that time the lots fill up fast and the traffic gets thick. Like I said be prepared and don’t plan on having to leave until the party is over.
If you have all the right stuff than staying from early am until the beach closes will be no problem. A typical day would include getting every thing set up. Having a canopy for shade and a BBQ are a must. If you have the means bring bikes for cruising along the board walk. You will enjoy to the cool waves of the ocean.

Then it’s time for lunch. Sandwiches or even a double round of BBQ. One BBQ for lunch and one for dinner. Then its back to ocean play or cruising the area. Still plenty of time to hang out with all the family and friends you invited. All can sit around under the canopy or on the big blankets you brought.
As six o’clock approaches time for another BBQ and some good eats. When the sun is low in the sky start putting stuff back in the car that you don’t need and get ready for the grand finally. As the sun sets it’s time to light the fire pit and get a big fire roaring with the ample wood you brought. You will be nice and cozy with all the chairs and dry warm clothing you remembered to bring.

Once the sun has set it time for smores and other treats people love to cook over a blazing fire. As 10 pm nears you throw all the rest of the wood in the pit and create lots of light to pack up the rest of your stuff. If you leave just a touch before 10 pm then you will beat the traffic out of the parking lot.

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Interesting Travellers Everywhere I Look


As I get ready for this trip, I realize just how much the world has changed since the days when traveling was for the most part, a solitary affair. I’m meeting interesting people that are on interesting missions that are being broadcast, blogged, or shared with the world through the internet just about everywhere I go. I don’t think I will be doing anything quite as special as these folks. I’m just moving around. Looking at stuff. Writing about it.
I met Lynette Chiang, the Gal from Down Under, who rides all over the world on a Bike Friday.
Then there were the Junk Raft guys.
And Roz Savage rowing across the pacific.
Most recently I’ve met one of the Social Monks, Paul. Paul is currently biking around the Hawaiian Islands, without the monk’s habit.

Then there is the guy I met that is using facebook to sleep with girls in every city he goes to. I don’t know if he is blogging or not. I didn’t get a url.
I’ve run into some people who told me about old hippies living in the forest in Frankfurt to stop a proposed airport expansion. I may go hang out with them.
But there is more. There is the guy who is walking across America. Actually, there seem to be a lot of people doing this right now.
Then there is the guy who is walking around the earth.
This guy is hitchhiking from North America to South, then from Africa to Europe.
And believe me, there are more.

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World's oldest stash of weed found with blue eyed bastard

Thanks to Sky for pointing out this very cool story. On a blue eyed note, it appears that all people with blue eyes have a common ancestor. That must have been one randy bastard.

By Jennifer Viegas
Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world’s oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany.
A barrage of tests proves the marijuana possessed potent psychoactive properties and casts doubt on the theory that the ancients only grew the plant for hemp in order to make clothing, rope and other objects.
They apparently were getting high too.
Lead author Ethan Russo told Discovery News that the marijuana “is quite similar” to what’s grown today.
“We know from both the chemical analysis and genetics that it could produce THC (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid synthase, the main psychoactive chemical in the plant),” he explained, adding that no one could feel its effects today, due to decomposition over the millennia.
Russo served as a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Botany while conducting the study. He and his international team analyzed the cannabis, which was excavated at the Yanghai Tombs near Turpan, China. It was found lightly pounded in a wooden bowl in a leather basket near the head of a blue-eyed Caucasian man who died when he was about 45.
“This individual was buried with an unusual number of high value, rare items,” Russo said, mentioning that the objects included a make-up bag, bridles, pots, archery equipment and a kongou harp. The researchers believe the individual was a shaman from the Gushi people, who spoke a now-extinct language called Tocharian that was similar to Celtic.
Scientists originally thought the plant material in the grave was coriander, but microscopic botanical analysis of the bowl contents, along with genetic testing, revealed that it was cannabis.
The size of seeds mixed in with the leaves, along with their color and other characteristics, indicate the marijuana came from a cultivated strain. Before the burial, someone had carefully picked out all of the male plant parts, which are less psychoactive, so Russo and his team believe there is little doubt as to why the cannabis was grown.
What is in question, however, is how the marijuana was administered, since no pipes or other objects associated with smoking were found in the grave.
“Perhaps it was ingested orally,” Russo said. “It might also have been fumigated, as the Scythian tribes to the north did subsequently.”
Although other cultures in the area used hemp to make various goods as early as 7,000 years ago, additional tomb finds indicate the Gushi fabricated their clothing from wool and made their rope out of reed fibers. The scientists are unsure if the marijuana was grown for more spiritual or medical purposes, but it’s evident that the blue-eyed man was buried with a lot of it.
“As with other grave goods, it was traditional to place items needed for the afterlife in the tomb with the departed,” Russo said.
The ancient marijuana stash is now housed at Turpan Museum in China. In the future, Russo hopes to conduct further research at the Yanghai site, which has 2,000 other tombs.

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Magic Mushrooms are good for you, More than the 4th in July, Wes Clark vs. John McCain, and don't be these stupid drunks on the holiday!


I was just totally surprised and stoked to see this story from the AP. The obvious reason is that if you follow this blog, you have probably noticed that I am in favor of limited use of psychedelics. The less obvious reason is that when I started to read this story, I found that my friend Dede was quoted throughout and Dede is one of the coolest people I have ever met. Dede and I were members of the same writing group in Kailua a few years ago. Dede left the group when at 62 she met the love of her life, married him, and moved to his hometown in Rhode Island.

Scientists reported Tuesday that when they surveyed volunteers 14 months after they took the drug, most said they were still feeling and behaving better because of the experience.
Two-thirds of them also said the drug had produced one of the five most spiritually significant experiences they’d ever had.

Anyway, the short version of the news story is that the long term effects of taking magic mushrooms are positive. Read the long version here and know that Dede is one of the most savvy business people out there. She is not some trippy hippy despite her being friends with me.
Next up on the agenda today is to remind everyone in America that July is about much more than just Independence from Britain day. (And was that really such a good idea anyway? We’d be earning pounds if we were still British…) Here are just a few things that happened on July 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th

July 1: In 1858 Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel reveal Evolution to the world.. The battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War began in 1863.
In 1867- Canada almost got it’s independence from Britain- formally in 1982 though.

July 2: Ameilia Earhardt disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in an attempt to fly around the world in 1937.
President James Garfield (who ok’d the illegal overthrow of Hawaii) was assassinated by an anarchist in 1881.
Ernest Hemingway killed himself with a shotgun in 1961.

July 3: An Iranian passenger airline was shot down by U.S. missiles in 1988 290 civilians including 66 children were killed.
In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors died on this day.

July 4: Independence declared from the British by the 13 colonies in the New World.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe (U.S. Presidents all died–later on this day- that’s patriotism…come on John McCain!)
Speaking of McCain…General Wesley Clark is causing quite a stir by suggesting that being a soldier and a prisoner of war doesn’t make McCain qualified for President…the Republicans are making a big stink about this but give me a fucking break here… it definitely doesn’t. If that were the case a lot of the guys I see holding cardboard signs in big American cities have what it takes…maybe we need to look at them as other options here.

In fact, don’t listen to the blowhards because during an interview with National Journal in 2003, John McCain said that he ‘absolutely don’t believe’ that military service was necessary for the presidency, echoing Clarks comments. Shove that up your ass Fox News and then you decide if it needs more lube or not.
Well in any event, if you are having fun on the 4th and you drink a few too many, try not to:
1) Crash into the store you are going to buy beer from
2) Assault anyone with the hot dogs
3)Take the rowboat home
Have a Happy July Everyone and be safe. Remember..it’s all about the fireworks.

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Confessions of a Salvia Eater

I just read this at Salon.com and figured it might be interesting to everyone. It will be a total bummer if Salvia is made illegal. As for myself, I’ve yet to meet the Salvia Goddess, but I’m open to it. Enjoy.
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