3 Mules at Torrey Pines

This is the tweet/facebook status I posted at 8am today:

“Driving in to work, I passed a man walking along the side of Torrey Pines Rd-leading 3 pack mules! Yes, mules!! What the??”

And this is the link that someone posted as a response:

Three Mules in LA Oct 5 as posted in Root Simple

Three Mules in Los Angeles

Last weekend, Kelly and I were treated to one of the most surreal scenes I’ve ever witnessed in Los Angeles: three pack mules being lead down busy Sunset Boulevard. On the side of one of the packs was a hand painted sign reading, “3mules.com“. As is fitting for a man leading three mules across the US, 3mules.com is just one page, managed by someone else. On that page is the following poetic statement,

3 MULES     To answer the most asked questions:  Who are we?  Where are we from? And where are we going?  We are mules. We are from the outside. We live outside all day , every day. Where are we going? Nowhere, we’re here- the outside, the web of life- the beautiful earth, a place like no other.    We have come to this place-a place of golden sparkling light, a place for anybody and everybody.  Give your faith, hope and  energy to this place at which time you connect to it and receive the magic and endless possibility of infinity.   As you walk in this place with these mules you spread the awareness that this beautiful earth like no other can only be protected by the way we live one day at a time.

I couldn’t stop to take a picture because I was driving up the hill in the opposite direction on my way in to work. There was no safe place to turn around. I was also going by too fast to take note of the website on the side of the suitcase that you can see in the picture above. What I find really fun in all this is the comment section on the Root Simple posting. People have been posting in there essentially tracking the 3 mules as the moved south from LA to Orange County and then in to San Diego. It seems as if he has been wandering through the county here for a little over a month.Looks like he started out in the eastern areas and then turned to the coast within the last week and is now making his way back north.

People who have run into him up close and chatted with him report nothing but positive reactions and conversations. The mules look healthy – the man said he’s had one of them for 27 years. Clearly he has all he needs with him to care for himself and the animals. Yeah, he seems a bit nuts yet is harmless and is bringing people a lot of joy as he passes through their neighborhoods.

During this typically hectic time of the year for many, if the site of the 3 mules makes you take a breath and relax and just look on in wonder as they mosey on by then it is ALL good!

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  1. December 5: passed him in Bonsall, then talked with him again in Fallbrook. He was headed to Orange County, but first wanted to go to the library. Nice fella.


  2. I saw him in Fallbrook today also. His mules were resting under some trees in a vacant lot across the street from the library. I went up to him to talk, but he turned his back to me, so I thought he probably wanted his privacy. I must admit, he had a huge impact on my day. There was something almost mystical about him and his animals. Fascinating. He reminded me to slow down and stop rushing around, which I needed to remember…


  3. I love hearing about the impact he’s had on people as they see him! I also love seeing these reports about where he is as he continues moving along. Can’t believe he was already in Bonsall/Fallbrook just a few days later. Clearly he isn’t stopping too much or for too long.


  4. I saw him today in San Clemente as he tried to cross onto my school’s campus to head down to the beach. It was during our lunch time and I had to make him turn back, much to the dismay of 300 sixth graders.


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