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Adventure loading….

My internal clock was getting pretty good at telling time without looking at a watch. What started as a joke on the trail, had carried over into my day to day life when I was in between adventures. I became quiet good at telling time by measuring my hand underneath the sun as it would disappear and cast its golden glow upon the landscape for what would be the last time of the day. It was and remains my favorite time of day. I call it the magical hour, the hour that is strong enough to transforms all sharp, harsh edges into a smooth, peaceful and loving fairytale while descending into darkness. A “watch”, such as a time measuring device to interrupt such beauty was the last thing I wanted. It was somewhat of a taboo item, plus it would leave a farmers tan and unsightly tan lines, not that I ever tan. I joke about working on my base tan and besides my arms and shoulders, the rest of me usually just sports the painful red looking hue that dissipates a few days later as if nothing happened at all. A few times however I did not get so lucky, after falling asleep at a beautiful and later on peeling my skin in layers. Not what I’m going for at all as I’m well aware of the dangers. And back to the time device, we always had the phone for emergencies or when we absolutely had to tell time. 

I learned that each hand was about two hours and sometimes the light itself could be a tell tell sign of what time it was. Simple, easily entertained minds, it became a game of who got closest to telling time without looking at the phone. The phone was only there to inspect our guesses, as we got so close, so many times that it was not at all unusual that the thought of physic abilities was born right then. If anything it brought much laughter and reconfirm our carefree, childlike abandon state of mind. Something we had been called out on before in the form of “You guys are just a bunch of kids” laughing at anything and everything. I guess that’s right and I think laughter is healing for the soul. Try to do it as much as possible and laugh yourself to health.

I loved my time to be at free will, belonging to me, to do whatever made my heart happy. It continues to restore the balance of today’s demands. Deadlines and time restrictions were non existent (well almost), while my soul was allowed to flourish. Have you ever ate something so nutritional, you could feel it literally doing good to your body? For me, spending time on the trail could be compared to that feeling, the moment a deep sigh escapes my lungs and allows me to breath deeply for what seems the first time since the last adventure. The moment when I “Inhale the good and exhale the bullshit”, lol, I swear I will have to get one of those shirts. Or the other shirt that says “Transcend the bullshit” 

I know that I described before how the trail makes me feel, how Mother Nature restores and recharges my soul so I can be strong and face whatever comes my way. Only art and music has a similar effect as I love the creation process that allows me to escape into my make believe dream that knows no evil. 

Waking up this morning, my world was grey as another winter storm is moving through the Sierra bringing more rain and snow to add to January’s record breaking precipitation that packed an entire winter into just one month. I came within one minute of telling time before looking at the clock. My day started with a smile, remembering this silly, simple game played when in the wild, the most carefree, soul nurturing of all places. My adventure is loading and is in the planning stages right now. With time off requested, the call of the mountains resides strong within me, but a trip to the ocean is not out of the question and weather depending. No doubt am I already experiencing “Short timers disease” lol and I can’t wait. 
But in the meantime and until then, I leave with one final thought as I prepare for the “Real world” that is no world of mine.
Imagination and Mother Nature are the only weapons in the war against reality. 

Well, and if you are me, than you know that some days you have be a warrior, wear your war bonnet and stand between your enemies and all that you love and hold sacred. 

Xoxoxoxo ❤️

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I'm a dreamer and hopeless romantic who believes that there is always a silver lining to everything. Now, inspired by the simple life, I have learned that less is more and that we find magic all around us if we take the time to notice. Life is a journey and a process that is ever changing. We are constantly evolving in the matter of who we are as we align our stars and shed a past no longer in line with our highest self. I don't easily fit conventional norms, not because I'm a rebel, but because of resenting the pull that threatens to take me away from my true beliefs and my unique personal identity. I support the power of "Choice" and the ability for us to be the architects of our own lives. Some of these choices should have something a little wild about them as they form the moments that forever stay edged in our memory and make our hearts beat with wonder. Nobody will remember the ordinary. For myself, I'm a warrior who has fallen many times, who has gone through trails an tribulations and who is no stranger to adversity. After all, my choice remains clear, to get back up and stand stronger than ever. To recognize that it often takes our darkest moments to mold us into who we were meant to be. I have learned to trust the process and stay positive through the challenges. I trust it to be the only way to prevent my heart from hardening and allowing bitterness to creep in. I believe in the power of "NOW" as it is the only moment we truly ever have. The past is gone, unchangeable and the future hasn't happened yet. All we can impact is the current moment. Everything starts with a choice and hopefully with one that has something wild about it and may even scare you to death to execute. DO IT...I promise you won't regret it. This blog is my voice to share my Journey. If I could describe this adventure in short, I would call it "Spiritual awakening" with a yearning for "Freedom" and going after the things that truly matter. To seek a less complicated life that is stripped down from the many obligations and responsibilities that often tie us down. For me it is a life free of rules and regulations, one that allows me to escape the must expectations while jumping off the hamster wheel that is spinning faster all the time. To be on my own time and live each day to the fullest, to make it all slow down by banishing routine and unleashing my creativity/artistic values in an effort to entertain whatever subject comes to mind. And if lucky, to perhaps offer a different view to my readers, one that speaks to your soul vs. the demands of what society might expect. It is one that empowers you to be your unique self and follow the beat of your own drum. I am dreaming big as I trail blaze the path to a new life and becoming a storyteller. I find my inspiration in the little things in life, in Mother Nature and on the trail that provides the adventures and the backdrop for a book someday. My hope is to inspire "Courage" in others who might find themselves on the brink of taking that first step. This blog serves as a foundation for my collection of personal thoughts, opinions and experiences and by no means am I an expert on any topics mentioned. To my readers I would say that the universe connects us by a common thread, we all search and we all have something to say. We don't always have to meet in person to share a strong bond and people enter our path for a reason. Some stay for a short time and serve their purpose, while others teach us a lesson and help us become stronger through experience. And a few special ones remain as the treasures we hold dear over a lifetime and touch our hearts beyond means. In whatever way we are meant to be, I thank you for crossing my path and for stopping by. I hope that I have left you inspired, full of wonder and with a few "Wild Choices" to make....Hugs XO

13 thoughts on “Adventure loading….

    1. Awe thank you so much Jake. I will detail the upcoming adventure soon, so stay tuned. I might even take the war bonnet with me even though it will be a very peaceful time, but there is always the art aspect.
      Your comments, coming from one like inspired mind to another always mean so much and I’m honored for the nomination. I will get started soon and thank you for thinking of me deserving of this recognition.

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  1. Love this post! I agree that the winter makes being away from trails so hard, I still go for shorter hikes through the winter, I like the challenge, the cold, the snow, and how peaceful it can be. I don’t know if you ever tried snowshoeing, but it helps me when it is below freezing outside and massive amounts of snow. xx

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    1. Thank you very much and thank you for taking time to comment. You are right and I too hike year around, if is just the hectic retail job over the holiday that was especially challenging with shared days off etc.
      snow shoeing is an an awesome workout which I’m sure I will do in my upcoming adventure. 😉❤️

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    1. Thank you very much and you are absolutely right. The travel bug is very hard to describe, it’s something you value and feel inside. It’s based on gratitude and appreciation, on taking time to appreciate the little things that end up being the big things in life in all its beauty and splendor.
      Thank you for stopping by and your kind words.

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