Picture from a recent adventure. The water was calm, reflecting a red sun as the smoke was rolling over the mountains, only to cover the landscape once more. It had done so on many occasion in the later part of summer, it was almost a daily occurrence. Winds were also a key factor, sometimes driving the smoke to settle in The Valley, while lifting it out and over the mountain range on other times. Burnt smells, raining ashes, and unhealthy air qualities usually accompanied these events. In this picture you can clearly see the smoke coming in, but the air quality was still good and besides a restricted view, it was ok to be out there.
We had gotten lucky and it was clear most of the day. The thought crossed my mind that perhaps we had driven above the smoke line and it was beneath us. The entire drive up was gloomy and gray, and for a moment it appeared that we might have to cancel our outdoor adventure. Surprisingly it was clear on the top, and we got to enjoy a hike through a colorful aspen forests. A narrow trail meandered along Paiute Pass, constantly climbing in elevation. The views were breathtaking with golden glows, softly swaying in the breeze wherever the eye wandered. It was a new place to see as far as fall colors go and it didn’t disappoint. This picture was taken towards the end of the day and during nature’s last light. I hope you enjoyed it.
Bristlecone picture from last winter.
Passports, yep you read this right and I discovered that there is a State Passport (at least for Nevada) as well as a National Parks Passport.
It started with the State Passport. Each state park within Nevada carries it’s own stamp, used to stamp your passport. Collect 15 stamps and you attain free annual access to all the parks within the state. As if that wasn’t cool enough, I have to admit that I am nerdy in a way that it is almost more fun hunting for the stamps then anything else. I’m afraid it’s a little like Indiana Jones on one of his adventures. Kind of like Mad Max driving the barren wasteland.
The stamps are all different and it’s exciting just to see which stamp you get. Like the world traveler I am, my passport is filling up, but I’m not quite there yet. If I could only travel to Germany and stamp my real passport.
Anywhoo, following the State Passports, came the National Parks Passport which spans much further and is much, much thicker. This will be a lot harder to fill up, but I couldn’t be more excited about the first stamp. It was actually much like a real stamp, a decal, you purchase, peel, and attach into the corresponding section of your passport. Not only is it fun, but educational as well. So maybe not all thaaaat needy.
The first stamp was Stamp No. NP49 from the Great Basin National Park. It talked about the Bristlecone which I have long admired, and this is what it had to say.
The bristlecone pine arguably is the oldest thing on Earth. Found in scattered groves near tree line, some of Great Basin’s bristlecones are more than 4000 years old and owe their longevity to the harsh conditions at the parks higher elevations. The tree’s slow growth makes the bristlecone wood hard, durable and resistant to disease and the rugged alpine elements.
Photo Credit: Scott Steil
Nothing much to report today but why not spoil you with this amazing shot of my neighborhood. And yes Mark, it is rough living here. 😉
“You fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.”
Suddenly Disney is out of magic, Paris is no longer romantic, New York doesn’t stand up anymore, the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.
Hugs and kisses suddenly become weapons and not visiting parents and friends becomes an act of love.
Suddenly you realize that power, beauty and money are worthless, and can’t get you the oxygen you’re fighting for.
The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages. I think it’s sending us a message:
“You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters.”
Planet Earth 🙏🏼
I came across this article, written by John Perkins and it spoke to me. I have always known that some of us are ruled by the mind, needing logic and explanations, walking the path of science and industry. Yet others are ruled by the heart, not needing proof of their intuition and gut feelings, who have learned to trust those instincts even if they can’t explain certain feelings. As for myself I tend to come more from a heart space, but try to keep a healthy between both. I do believe that both can exist side by side and are essential. That one should not be without the other and if it is the case, the balance is tipped mostly in unhealthy ways. Take a look at the eagle and condor prophecy. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
March 30th into the 31st, Mars was entering Aquarius. We are on the verge of change again and a planetary rebellion has just begun. No more tactic games and strategies. In that very Night, the energy Status from the order of Capricorn was changed to more chaotic and collective Aquarius. We are here to understand that through uncertainty, we find faith and overcome our fears. And now is the time. Through the next months we are going to perceive the bigger picture and we will try to act against those who selfishly claim what’s not theirs. But this planet belongs to all of us. We are all children of Mother Earth. A global awakening has begun. 🙏🏻
Just yesterday we celebrated Easter and I hope everybody got to spend time with friends and family.
I feel that I have been MIA lately, and there simply isn’t enough time for everything. It’s hard to grasp and it appears that I have less time now vs the time I had while I was working. Perhaps it is because there is so much important work to do now, because I am changing my stars, focused on healing both physical and emotionally, and it’s been a rollercoaster of a ride. But then again I did predict it would be, besides the health issues, those I did not forecast.
Today we celebrate Earth Day, and our Mother Earth is beautiful and abundant. I am going to do something a little different this year and decided to plant some wildflowers and food for bees on my hike today. I also want to plant a tree in the near future, a gift back to Mother Nature for her blessings, and something I should have done already.
Life is changing fast for me right now and I am in the middle of transformation and transitioning. But today I will take a break from the pressures and wish you all much love and abundance. The weather is finally warming up, maybe enough to take your shoes off and feel the heartbeat of the earth while grounding yourself.
It rains a lot in Germany and it reminds me back to my childhood days. From the times we got caught in a short down pour, feeling warm and refreshed, to the times we jumped around in the puddles and giggled with delight. Germany so green and so different compared to the high desert in the states. Each hold their own beauty and magic and each is special in their own way. I stopped and paused a few times the other day while riding the bicycle to gaze into the green and watch the clouds. Sheep were grazing near the top by the cross and I could see their beige bodies illuminated in the sun light. It was thunderstorm (thunder boomer as I call it) kind of weather and a faint rainbow was building to the left of Petersberg where it already had rained. I wasn’t worried about getting caught in the rain and about getting wet. I think deep down I hoped that I would. Maybe it would wash away the harsh words said by Mom, and cleanse the air with purity. Strangely it felt as if it took getting wet to experience the emotions with all my being, to feel cleansed and alive. I storm never reached me.
Beyond the picture of the visual point of view, Germany’s green and lush landscape reminded me of more serious matters at hand. Germany has long jumped on the band wagon when it comes to supporting Mother Earth. Waste Recycling is a big deal and everybody contributes. More goods from recycled materials are produced and often preferred. Buying local is encouraged and offered as much as possible. The system seems much further advanced than in some places. Cycling for instance is a part of the German lifestyle and culture, which also supports your exercise needs and health. Bike paths can be found all over the country and cyclists are given the utmost respect. Motorized drivers are long aware of their presence to share the road when a bike path ends or reconnects.
I think today will be a good day to get some exercise after visiting Mom. Hopefully the temps cool down a bit in the evening hours and my face won’t take the color of a tomato like the other day. Maybe another beautiful animal spirit will cross my way with a message for my soul. During my last trip, I met the beautiful horse spirit and a rabbit that fled the scene of my drive by 😉.
Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday filled with special moments, light and love. ❤️