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Unforeseen Threats: Thunderstorms, Wildlife and Rabies (Week Two, part Two of Two)

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As the waters from the rain drained down the mountain, the wildlife around Fox’s camp begun to come alive, or rather make their presence known. It was early evening a few days after the rain storm when the offspring started whispering excitedly. “There’s a deer and her baby,” he whispered trying not to frighten them away. Fox, their companion and offspring watched in silent awe as the mother deer and her fawn nearly walked into their camp while feeding on the tender shorter grass that deer tend to love.

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This inspired Fox and their beloved to take a short hike around the campground once the deer had left to see if they could spot any other animals. Together they walked down the hill their camp was situated on and towards the large picnic area available for the day hikers. Sitting by the campsite registration was a single cotton tail. “Look!”…

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A Broken Country · Aydan's Life · Family · homelessness

Camp Set-Up – Week One

Into Exile

Getting the two tents set up wasn’t too much trouble for Fox and their companions, the first larger tent was designed to pop-up into place making the installation of the tent in the camping space rather easy. The second tent, a smaller three person one, was for the teen so he could have his own space. Fox watched and gave advice as the teen set his tent up and helped when needed. It was a good exercise for the offspring, even if they weren’t living in a state of homelessness. Knowing basic camping skills was always helpful, regardless of the situation.

Initially Fox was worried that the teen would be frightened by sleeping alone in a tent, in the middle of a forest, so the larger and smaller tent were placed next to each other. The close proximity of the two would afford the feeling of protection and safety, yet…

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August 4, 2018 – The Beginning

Write in a third person point of view, this is my life now. The blog A Journey into Exile is specifically for following my family and I as we struggle with being homeless with no end in sight.

Into Exile

The morning of August 4th, 2018 was unlike most other mornings since April of that year. Until that day a typical morning consisted of waking, perhaps eating breakfast and resuming the nanodegree program from Udacity that Fox had earned in front-end web development. Over the past few weeks they had really struggled with connecting with their peers as well as over-coming the challenges that living in a hotel and being nearly homeless on a weekly basis brought.

This hot August morning was different though, there was no funds for another week in the hotel and it was moving day, yet there was no other place to move to. Since being forced out of the half-apartment that Fox shared with their chosen and teenage child, the trio had been transient and unable to find a new place to call home. The worse of it was it was Fox’s mother and sister…

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Aydan's Life · Depression · Family · In Memory Of

Three months

It's been nearly three months since I've been able to write anything substantial. Dealing with the loss of a friend, family issues, depression, programming projects and the holidays has really put me in a bad place that I'm desperately trying to dig myself out of. I've had to move yet again, even though I had… Continue reading Three months

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Exhausted.

Exhausted, though this word doesn’t completely describe how I feel, it comes fairly close. Since the start of the new year I’ve been living in a hotel room thanks to some really great friends and my mother-in-law. It hasn’t gotten above freezing for very long for nearly the entirety of this week. It really would… Continue reading Exhausted.

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Wells Fargo – Big Brother is Watching

With the exception of Wells Fargo, in all my years of banking never have I ever come across a bank that likes to not only limit how much of your own money that you can spend, but also where you can spend your own money. Anyone that has been reading my blog or paying attention… Continue reading Wells Fargo – Big Brother is Watching

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Chaos Theory

While most people settled down on Christmas eve with bellies full of dinner after a tiring day of unwrapping presents and spending time with family, my family curled up in the back of a 2000 Ford Explorer thankful for the mild night during winter. After having to leave the house we were staying in and… Continue reading Chaos Theory