Sept 26 In a tent. Each of us has quickly developed a tent survival layout. In order to exist in a tent, you have to organize the space as if you were a blind person. Everything has to be where you know it is by touch and orientation. You think you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night and find your hat using your headlamp? Exactly where IS your headlamp? To know where things are you have to put them there. So you think in terms of “Shoes, bottom right!” Or “Backpack, mid-left. That way, you reach for them instinctually.
My tent-map is:
Shoes, right bottom at door.
Electricals, Camera, glasses, night stuff, upper right, by my head
Clothes, main duffel, at my mid-right.
Riding helmet, chaps, TP. At bottom left, by tent zipper.
Art stuff and day bag,mid left.
Extra warm stuff, top left.
Hats, mittens, scarf, at net bag at top right.
If you don’t do this, you lapse into chaos and lose stuff. It’s so frustrating because the inside of ones tent is not much bigger than a big dining room table, so where in the effing world did my damned left mitten get to?
This is an excerpt from a diary blog from Pasadena resident Joe Rohde during his trip to Mongolia in the fall of 2013. He’s a traveling man, as a result of his job as design leader with Walt Disney Imagineering and as a result of who he is as a human—curious, intrigued, thoughtful, and adventurous. Consequently, he created the Joe Rohde Painting Expedition to the Mongolia Altai Mountains to Raise Money for Snow Leopard Conservation.
For over three weeks, Joe traveled and painted, many times in freezing temperatures and while it snowed. On day 14, he spent the morning painting Tsambagarav “with a plume of windswept snow blown behind.…For the first time water froze around my brushes.”
The Ojai Playhouse Theater, a repeated showing of Leopard in the Land, Jim McEachen’s film of the Altai expedition will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 31st, followed by a Q&A with Joe and Jim. Across the street, Joe’s collection of paintings may be seen at Primavera Fine Art in Ojai through the last day of May.
Primavera Fine Art Gallery, 214 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai 93023. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tel.: 805.646.7133.
Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai 93023. Tel.: 805.646.1011. Leopard in the Land, final showing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31st.
All photos courtesy of Joe Rohde.