Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Where dinosaurs go to die?

I posted before about a concerned citizen worrying whether my boondocked van contained a body. Well, this past week it happened three more times.

In the first instance the doors were open and I was lying down, considering a nap, when a woman cruised up on her mountain bike. (There’s a trail about twenty yards away.)

“Hi,” I said.

“Oh, I just wanted to make sure you were alive.”

“Doin’ fine, thanks.”

A couple of days later I was working in the van, doors open, when a guy cruised up on his mountain bike.

I waved. “Hi.”

“Oh… um… are you, um, here to… ride a bike?”

“No, just camping.”

“Oh. Okay.”

Then this afternoon I was laying down, reading, doors open, when a Forest Service ranger pulled up and approached. “Hello?”

“Hi. How’s it going.”

“Are you okay?”

“Fine. Just relaxing and reading.”

“Good. I just wanted to make sure you’re alive.”

“As far as I know. Do you find bodies out here often?”

“Yes, unfortunately.”

“Well, it’s a nice place to die.”

“It is that.”

So there you have it. A surprising number of souls go to the forests around Sisters, Oregon, and transition into the grand mystery. That is not in my plans, in case you were wondering.


  1. Finally finished reading your whole blog. I look forward to visiting some of the places you have written about. I'm still working on my conversion, hopefully should be done by the end of the month. Maybe our paths will cross at some point.


  2. As I joined the "Over 50 Club" I began to consider my demise more often. The least pleasant option seems to be in a hospital. The forest in Oregon sounds relaxing enough to just drift off into the other world...

  3. Amazing..I thought I was the only one..It happened just once.
    I thank folks for being concerned but, I think many just don't get being able to just sit in one spot and relax and not worry about..anything?
    I just got back from a visit with some of my family in Seattle..My sis-in-law kept asking:.Where are you going..what are you doing tomorrow/ next week/ month etc..
    Shoot!..I have no clue..stop sign..turn rt..lft..forward..
    It's always an adventure, sometimes swell, many times just something new...What the heck..eh??

  4. I recently subscribed to EXIT International. The Australian physician who writes the online book administered the first four lethal injections authorized by the Australian government. His "book" tells where on the planet one can obtain Nembutal, his recommended drug of choice for "checking out." It also details the use of liquid nitrogen, a peaceful way to go. Nitro is gaining popularity in beer-making. At $85.00 for a year's subscription, I tho't it a deal.

    1. I hear a massive dose insulin is also effective.

    2. Huh. I hadn't thought of insulin. But you're right. It's so hard to get phenobarbital these days, which works well. We're not there yet, but an exit strategy is always good to have.