04/18 — Estrella, again

I was hoping to do a really great Estrella post with lost of pictures, but apparently I mostly got pictures of the boys.

Boys sleeping in the van on the way there:

Boys sleeping in the tent:

Here, though, is a picture of an Excellent Dogger:

The boys sleeping on the van one cold night (yes, Chocolate is curled into an arch shape & sleeping on his face):

Also they spent a lot of time sleeping in the booth:

First thing up, last thing down:




Posted on April 18, 2017 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

11/23 — exquisite paradox


“All through autumn we hear a double voice: one says everything is ripe; the other says everything is dying. The paradox is exquisite.” — Gretel Ehrlich

orange leaves, red crabapples
rust & ruin
harvest & plenty
fall alike to the cold ground
forgotten, abandoned
to crumble to nothing,

or perhaps to sit
to feed birds
& squirrels,
to sink into the earth,
fecund, ripe,
crumbled leaves to nourish the seeds
perhaps next spring
a new tree will grow

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

10/25 — gutierrez-milne open space

a couple weeks ago i had the sort of night’s ‘sleep’ that • well, there was sleeping, it was just REALLY CRAPPY sleeping • you know the type • anyway i knew i hadda shake it off somehow, so i went looking & found a lovely open space nearby

it’s called gutierrez-milne open space & it is very lovely • it really just is a hunk of open space, though, not so much as a picnic table • which is kinda fine, once i figured it out, all i need is a trail


& my boy


& i’m good to go


there were a lot of cool rocks


also lichen


the shadows on this rock were really cool, i watched them move in the breeze for a while


the cholla were … blooming? fruiting? BRIGHT, anyway


here is a neat texture on this cut stump


the boy was pretty cooperative about walking with me but sometimes he’s just gotta strike off the trail a lil

& inevitably get tangled over THERE


but there was also flopping in the shade to be done



so much to smell, see, walk over, flop on • it was a good walk • we’ll be going back



Posted on October 25, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 3 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

09/21 — Battlemoor!

so last year at Battlemoor • i had a plan • or at least an idea • a thought • it was this:

that at Battlemoor this year i would NOT SET UP THE BOOTH

i would sleep in

fart around


remember what it’s like just … being in the SCA

so this year at Battlemoor

that’s what i did

it meant that i had time to stop & just … look at things

Battlemoor really has a gorgeous site.



Dharma & i camped in the trees, with the Shire of Aarquelle

(of course Dharma came along

neither of us had had an event off, like, ever

it was RIDICULOUSLY awesome)


(also camping there meant we didn’t blow away

which is a lot of my issue with Battlemoor

the blowing away

is slightly ridiculous

though it does make the banners look pretty epic)

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there was rain

so there were mushrooms

i was fond of this one


of course cats


(that’s not Loiosh!

it’s Ginger

he & Loiosh are

orange leashcat boothcat besties

it’s sort of awesome)

oh hello i remember you!






HEY what’d’ya FIND that’s my FOOD


the two of them together are EVEN MORE HILARIOUS than the boy is on his own

i LOVE it when they get a chance to hang out

(Ginger’s momma makes gorgeous pottery

you can see some of it here

also here’s the little vase i got from her this year

with flowers in it

of course)


i didn’t get any pictures of Chocolate

but you can pretty much put in any pic i’ve taken

of him sleeping crankily on the van bed

that’s basically what he did

have a pic of the boy in a tree instead


also there were dogs

so many dogs

also a goat but i didn’t get a picture of the goat


anyway dogs



also the only picture i got all war

where it looks like a war

& not a day at the park or whatevs

here’s a lovely viking wedge

wedged into the trees


pretty hard to blow away there

i will happily camp with Aarquelle all of the times, ever

they are good people

it was a lovely war

let’s do it again

this is my plan

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

09/13 — one, well, one leaves

been pretty quiet here lately • course there’s a reason • turns out there was Unnecessary Excitement • & i kinda abruptly hadda move

when one’s roommates say • ‘we’re not gonna kick you out • but it’d be great if you left’ • one, well, one leaves


so i did, but i’m pretty okay with that • cos i got to move to the East Mountains in New Mexico • & let me tell you it is fkn gorgeous here

the sky looks like this, a lot


but during monsoon season it does this


also there are flowers like this





the boys are settling in quite happily





me, too




there’s room for my ingredients & workspace in my room • it’s very nice to have a space that’s all mine • where i can work & play in light & spaciousness • i’m still getting things arranged • taking my sweet time • & getting it all just right

i have the suspicion • & this is a weird thought to me • but • i might be here • for a while?

i don’t know what that’s like • but i kinda want to find out



Posted on September 13, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 10 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

07/14 — sandia mountains (twice)

having ensconced ourselves quite comfortably at Dharma’s place • Loiosh & i went on two separate abventures to the Sandias • only one of them involved a ridiculous dirt road

but there was a lovely mountain stream • y’all know how i feel about those • kinda worth it

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of course i stuck my feet in, also a lot of the rest of me

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Loiosh was not so thrilled alas • well, he had reason • MOM IT IS KIND OF WET • A LOT WET

lots of water

have a lil mountain stream soundtrack

& then back down the hill (fortunately on a nice smooth paved road) • he usually doesn’t like the wind so much • but he really enjoyed the ride • & the view

van window

back up the nice paved road several days later • & even higher • up to Sandia Crest itself • a decent altitude • just a lil over 10,000 feet

the boy enjoyed the view

great king

so did i, i mean holy crap

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lookit that

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there was a nice trail through the woods, the boy & i had a good wander • he took his sweet time of course

wander wander wander sniff sniff wander wander sniff sniff sniff #thevagabondtabby

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lots of flowers • (i especially like the one with the ladybug)

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the trail got a lil exciting at times…

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…after which the boy had to take a lil break under a nice shady bench.


he did sort of wear himself out with all the wandering

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grand cat

(so did i)

done now!

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07/12 — drivin south

y’all may know i recently spent a couple weeks in new mexico • here’s about the drive down tho • took two days to do it • because why not?

Loiosh of course was eager to go MOM LET’S GO • he’s not subtle • (‘s part of why we get along so well)

lets go

the old man did a bit of hollering & then flopped

sleepy oldmancat

there were pretty awesome flowers along the way • with the coolest stink bug i ever saw

bright flower

i found us the bestest spot along a stream • i do love being able to sit & listen to the sound of running water

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& stick my feet in it • so nice & cool

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also it did a good job of cooling drinks

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plus i found treasure • more of that steel wire i’ve been making into jewelry • it’s free & also i get to help clean up the world a lil • so yeah that’ll do

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the boy had lovely wanderings

nice forest

this forest is good, mom, i approve

patunk patunk patunk patunk patunk #thevagabondtabby #cat #cats #catsofig #catsonleashes #catsofinstagram

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flowers, cool rocks, plants, treasure

tiny mosses

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tree sign

towards evening i built a fire • it had been so long • SO LONG • then i just • i sat, & breathed, & watched the flames • it was • it was good • SO GOOD

primal campfire

*long, deep breath*



morning & time to go • but i took a lil time to make treasure • & left it for someone to find • i hope they love it • i love doing this

give giveaway

& then south

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

07/08 — CO160 roadside shrine

i passed this beautiful roadside shrine west of Walsenburg but before i started on the Highway of Legends • i had to stop, & i took so many pictures they wanted their own post

i am not Catholic • but i respect genuinely-held faith of any sort that wishes people well • & what else is such a shrine for?

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so many offerings • so many memories

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roadside shrine

of course the boy came up with me

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& we left an offering, too, in memory of so many cats we have known & loved

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Posted on July 8, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 4 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

07/07 — Highway of Legends

i’ve been doing a lot more doing than blogging • which is great, i mean doing is awesome • but i did want to catch up on the blogging • got a lotta cool pictures to share • also cat stories • that’s the whole purpose of it all anyway • cat stories

anyway i spent a couple days out on the road back in may • (holy crap that was a while ago) • so here are some pictures & stuff

i finally got the van put back together after completely ignoring it all winter • after the brain-asplodey i had last summer i kind of couldn’t deal with the thing • but it’s set up nice & looks pretty now too • homelike

getting there

even Chocolate is pretty comfy in it these days • (after the initial opinionating that is)

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we stopped first at the Riverwalk in Pueblo • i’d been meaning to get down there since Rowan told me about it • yeah it took forever • brains, i tell ya

Chocolate got to stay in the van cos i found a nice shady spot • so Loiosh & I got to wander

he was SO HAPPY • what with one thing & another i hadn’t gotten him out much • i’ve been making up for that though


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really gorgeous flowers • course he hadda stick his face into them • & then sneeze

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succulents _ flowers

then down the 25 toward Walsenburg • some gorgeous from along the way

the road

at the Walsenburg exit was a sign for the Highway of Legends • how could i resist?

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so we spent the night parked next to an abandoned auto-parts place in Walsenburg • a nice dark spot, well-shaded from both streetlights & the morning sun • with a convenience store close by for those early-morning pee runs

i let the boy out a little bit while i did my morning stuff • & got my hair up for the day • i call this one ‘living in the cracks’

life in the cracks

the next morning we started up the Highway of Legends • (i mean seriously how could i NOT drive it • HIGHWAAAAAAAAAAAAY OF LEGEEEEEEEEEEEEEENDS)

obligatory sign selfie, also mountains

im a legend

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we had lunch in a little artsy town called La Veta • nice architecture

architectural elegance

then i found a sweet little spot to spend a couple days • the sign said ‘no camping’ but • i didn’t put up a tent so that totally doesn’t count? • anyway there was nobody up there to yell at me • a little early in the season i suppose • there was still snow on the ground after all • it was perfect

so perfect • right next to this lovely stream that i immediately stuck my feet in • of course it was very cold, that’s the excellent part

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even Chocolate sort of liked the spot • or at least being with his Momma

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best oldmancat

we spent two nights & a beautiful quiet day • with napping & reading & a lot of just sitting • Loiosh & i did a lil wandering but not much • it was so good to just stop for a while • it was just happy

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i made a pretty to leave for whoever finds it • entirely from stuff i found there • that doesn’t happen often • i got creative with cut zipties

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lil gift

& then we drove on

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spanish peaks

North Lake was windy but a good place for a quick lunch

north lake

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& down the hill to Trinidad, then north on the 25 to home • i’m really enjoying these little trips • some quiet time • & working my way up to being on the road longer • i tried to dive in far too fast • which works for me with water but • not so much with vandwelling apparently

little by little

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

06/02 — guest post by Sarah Dahlinger

i think this might be the very-first-ever guest post on this blog • & it is a delightful one! • Sarah Dahlinger does gorgeous glorious art • & also writes! • she is writing a WHOLE BOOK • with also a LOT OF PICTURES IN IT • which is so far beyond my comprehension of anything i could do, i cannot even •

anyway here she is to tell you about her book • “Seen and Unseen: Observations in the Panama Wilderness by Sam Hildebrand” • & how she got to this whole art + writing + nature thing • also lots of pictures • which i’d tell you they’re gorgeous but just go look • i mean • wow •


When I was a kid, my parents bought forty-five acres of forest in rural NH so my sister and I could grow up away from the city. We lived up there every summer. For the first few years, when I was eight to twelve years old, we lived in a mostly broken camper. No running water. No plumbing. No TV. No microwave. We had a battery radio. We got a little house when I was twelve years old, but still no TV, and one radio for the whole house.

I lived outside like a little animal every summer from eight years old to fifteen years old. It has made a deep impression on me. It’s hard to explain just how much I love that land. My parents and grandparents taught me about the fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds who lived there. I memorized the “North American Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians” and had a very solid knowledge of the Audubon’s book on North American Birds by the time I was ten.


My parents sold the land when I was in college. I miss it deeply, but I find little patches of nature near my house to appreciate, and there’s always travel. I’ve been to Panama, Russia, the Everglades, Shenandoah Valley, Niagara Falls, among others. This year, I’m going to Glacier National Park to see bears. I guess that little wild animal child is still alive and well in me. I hope to never lose her.

I think this is the root of my love of both the wilderness and art. Nature is an incredible force that is both beautiful and dangerous. I can go out into nature, and appreciate it, but, always with respect, because I’ll never own it.

Art, well, the battle with art is never won. There’s always something to improve, and this is what makes me get of bed everyday, 4 hours early, so I can practice.


This is Sarah Dahlinger. I’m an artist, both 2D and 3D, who has taken on the new challenge of writing and illustrating my own book, “Seen and Unseen: Observations in the Panama Wilderness by Sam Hildebrand”. It will be illustrated prose of roughly 60-80 pages, a historical fiction with elements of fantasy. Page length depends on how amped up I get over full colored spreads, and time. I’ve always had stories in my head but never felt like anyone would want to hear them. It’s time to see if I can make something that will make people happy. I’m excited for this challenge and I hope you are too.

This project is largely based on two things: my trip to Panama in 2014, and the 1911 Smithsonian Biological Survey. I’ve always thought a bit of magic lives in the places where humans can’t touch, so that’s in there too.

I’ve heard that you should make the story that your 12-year-old self would have loved to read.

This is my story.


If you would like to see some of my studies and sketches, check out my Twitter. https://twitter.com/SeenUnseenBook

I post new animal drawings there almost daily, in the efforts to improve my drawing skills before I illustrate Seen and Unseen.

If you would like to support the project, see full illustrations, read the copy early, see process sketches, and win prizes, check out my Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/SarahDahlinger?ty=h

My website also has a bunch of neat things on it as well. http://www.sarahdahlinger.com/


Posted on May 31, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

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