I’m striking out into the wild unknown again. May has been a month of adventure and preparation for this summer’s longer maiden voyage throughout the West. Starting tomorrow, I am stepping into a new stage of life, in order to take in this most stunning part of the country that has only come in bits and pieces before and find where to set roots again. It is my favorite slice of America with all of its natural splendor, open lands and pioneering roots. We are physically born in one place in life, but where our soul finds home can be quite a different picture.
This past month saw Hoover Dam, Mojave National Preserve, Shaktifest, Joshua Tree, Sedona, Sedona, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, the Colorado River and the Las Vegas Strip! What a trip! How it was all fit into just under a month is remarkable, if I do say so myself. There is so much more to say about it, but I first need to process it, then share one day. Suffice it to say that one Facebook post is not enough to describe all that took place. For now, the major themes that come to mind are white buffalo, mirror, outer space, spiritual voyage, trust and love.
It was a month of milestones: leaving a relationship, a house, jobs and the life I knew, in order to strike out into the wild unknown. It marked the beginning of this three-month journey through the West by car. Well, originally, I thought it would be by sleek van or RV (which I am still completely open to); but, when it all comes down to it, traveling in the Prius is easy. It would be swell to park a sexy van anywhere in the US and feel at home with my wood-paneled walls, kitchen and under-the-bed storage, but at the beginning of what might be a shorter (or perhaps longer) trip, the Prius feels like a good starter kit. She has driven me thousands of miles already, gets almost 50 miles to the gallon and has a hatchback. I’ve cooked outside her doors on a small burner and have slept in a tent on soft sand and pine needles alongside her–all beautiful, simple and easy.
After training with a very good friend, packing, repacking and wrapping up the details of a place-based life, I have finally come to the point where I must be thrust from the nest. It’s time to go and do what I said I was going to do; but, the leap feels much farther and scarier than when I envisioned it 2 months ago! Ironically, I read an article over morning coffee today in Desert Companion magazine that said, “Sometimes, you just have to put your foot on the gas and drive—and trust you’ll get somewhere interesting.” So, I’m trusting and excited for the interesting!
Onward I go to the Four Corners and beyond to discover the beauty of the country, visit friends and family, seek retreats with beautiful business models, practice and teach yoga, see national parks, simplify to purify and drive with intention into the arms of the divine.
Stay tuned for weekly updates and funny travel stories. See you on the road!