This video always marks the start of every new adventure in the California desert. My departure from the gas and watering station at Ludlow - during the day or during the night - always feels to me like diving off a tall cliff into dark and deep waters far below. The entire ride is less than 20-minutes, yet the departure and transition from the safe and familiar place of people and work and plans and drama and distraction and desire to the landscape of The Great Indifference was one which took over fifty years to complete; for even if I'd come to this place as a young man I would likely have been nearly blind to the nothing which I can so clearly perceive in the desert now; though I might have felt at that young age the vacuum pull of what was never there, I would only have recognized this as some inner fear and trepidation regarding the life I did then live, and not the background and setting for the lives we all live, and so vainly claim to understand. Go to Siberia to understand. Only find your own Siberia ghost town. And discover your own void beyond the veil of our every distraction we so cleverly - dare I say desperately - lift to hide the truth. #GoingAlone
My name is Kurt Bell.
You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.
Be safe... But not too safe.