Little is known about the man wandering his way through California with little more than three mules and the clothes on his back.
He has been identified as John Sears, a self-proclaimed mountain man who has been spotted with his three mules in tow, slowly making their way from town to town.
He has been seen in various cities, including communities in Contra Costa County, among cars in traffic on busy Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and as far south as Santee in San Diego County.
And now he has been spotted in Glendora, Calif., where he was leading his three mules in the 1200 block of East Route 66 on Friday.
Sears, reportedly of Phoenix, Ariz., told Lamorinda Patch that he had been traveling with his mules for 28 years, but started traveling full time February of last year. He never sleeps anywhere but outdoors. He carries everything he owns. He does own a cell phone, charged by solar panel, of course. He has traveled as far as Arkansas and Missouri on foot with his mules.
He had a run-in with Laguna Beach animal control, who tried to escort him through busy traffic in December of last year. According to the Laguna Beach Independent, Sears said he began his fulltime journey when he set out for Sacramento to advocate for more horse trails and protest against the hazards of motorized vehicles. According to Laguna Beach animal control, he also seemed insistent to his right to use the public roads with his mules.
His website, 3mules.com, states:
"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."
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