Calypso made her third voyage on October 14. Dan and I want to camp in every state park in Tennessee, unfortunately some parks don’t have campgrounds. The second voyage was to Bledsoe Creek, near Gallatin, Tennessee. I’ll add that one in later.
Number three took us to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park near Camden, Tennessee. It is named for the Confederate General during the Civil War. It’s a beautiful park that sits on the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake. There are over 2000 acres of forest to wander. It’s a small campground and the only lakefront sites are for primitive camping only. That’s not for me, Calypso offers me all the comforts of home in a more rustic setting!
If you love hiking there are miles of trails. There’s even a 20 mile loop for the experienced hiker. The camp host told me that lots of people hike that trail in preparation for future hikes like the Appalachian Trail. There is a short trail right at our site that joins that trail about quarter of a mile in. That’s more to my liking. I can go for a one mile hike or a ten mile hike and come right back to my campsite when ready. Photo below is the view from our patio!
Photo below is the beginning of my first branch weaving. It took awhile to find the perfect stick, had to walk at least a mile! Maybe I will make some progress later this afternoon.
I was walking the beach this morning and a larger shell caught my eye. I walked over to it and you can imagine my surprise when I got close. I have heard of message in a bottle but never seen message in a shell. I made a photo and left it there for the next person to read. I always wonder where things come from, where they have been, and why I happen upon them when I do. Interesting!
Some very dear friends recently lost a daughter. I cannot imagine what they are going through. They asked that we light a candle for her. Every light in the world helps. It may seem like a small gesture in a vast universe but you would be surprised at the outcome if everyone in the world shared more of their light.
Candles are lit
People trying to make sense of it.
Old or young
It matters not
This current life is all you’ve got
To cry and grieve
Loved ones gone and more to leave
Life is gifted
Bad and good
Maybe you shouldn’t maybe you should
Take each day
Like a power shot
Live in the moment it’s all you’ve got!
Arches is one of the most exciting parks I have ever seen. I know you’re thinking, “how many rocks can you look at?” For me, there are always more rocks. After all Lynn and I have mailed two boxes each home already. Love rocks, always have. What fascinates me is how different they all are. How long did it take our Creator to sculpt a formation we named, “Three Gossips?” Wind and weather and time have sculpted these rocks, we have given them names. We started out to just scan the park and come back later. Ha Ha. During the course of the day we did short hikes and by the end of the day I did the hike to Delicate Arch. Note, I am a walker not a hiker and Lynn is terrified of heights. I kept hearing little whispers in my head for weeks, “get out of your comfort zone.” Little over 3 miles, not bad if it was flat, but at the end I felt like I had climbed my Mt. Everest. It was spectacular. Check out the photos below.
Then we had dinner at Sunset Grill. It was the original home of Charlie Steen who was one of the major uranium kings of Moab in the 1950’s. Food was a Incredible and the house sits high on a hill with incredible views.
North and south windows arches.
This was part of the climb to Delicate Arch, across what they called Slick Rock. Note the road down to the parking lot.
Toni at the arch. I felt like this was such an accomplishment. For me it was like climbing Mt. Everest!
Lynn has become the avid rock hound. She loves the green rocks.
Can you see Moab below?
View at Arches in afternoon light. La Sal mountains in background.
Our tents are quite special, no electricity or wifi, but we have water and a wood stove. Brrr, the first night it was cold, but they provide lots of warm cozy blankets and comforters. We woke up and Lynn started us a fire. We noticed a leak in or little shower. I had to walk to the office tent anyway to get coffee, and they laughed when I told them about the leak. Apparently it is a freeze valve that keeps the pipes from freezing soooo, it got cold!
We loaded up and took off on a scenic drive through the La Sal mountains and valleys. Wow what a drive, 27 miles in two hours, or more! We ended at Castle Creek Winery. After that we drove a short scenic drive that ran along the Colorado river, picnic time. Of course we went to the post office to mail more rocks home. Lynn is the queen of finding petrified wood.
It is weird being behind on the blog. We are back at Peace Tree eating breakfast and using wifi.
Yesterday was Arches National Park but that is a blog all it’s own.
Enjoy the pics.
Our deluxe tent on the desert facing Arches.
Putting on make up on the front porch.
La Sal Mountains
Through the canyon by the Colorado river.
All along the canyon/river road people were building houses in the mountain!
End of the canyon at Moonflower where I played my flute for the ancestors.
That’s a reflection of the rocks in the water.
Zentoni Number Seven
It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Again, focus. Look at this drawing and you will see the world moving around us. People are talking, horns are blowing, so many sparks of energy going this way and that. Do we stop to look into someone’s eyes when they talk to us? Do we ever stop to look into our own eyes? I don’t know where I first heard or read of this exercise, but looking into the mirror and gazing into your own eyes is quite an experience! It is the first step to loving yourself. And I don’t mean in a narcissistic way. We spend all our time trying to fixing things, making sure no one gets their feelings hurt. We go out of our way to care for someone else. That’s not a bad thing, but there has to be some balance. So today, look in the mirror, and not just at the lines on your face or the imperfect nose, but at your eyes. Look INTO your soul. Spend one minute, sixty seconds and go deep inside of you. Tell YOU how much you love YOU. Feel the shift inside your heart as you connect with your soul. Just think how great you will feel if you do this every day!
HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND JOYFUL DAY
Zentoni number six went back to black and white. This one has a focus. There was a point where it all started. Its life began. It is the heart of the drawing although it doesn’t look like a heart in the traditional sense. Look for it. Focus your intention on the drawing and see if you can find or feel the heart point. It’s a lot like life. Through all the chaos and noise that surrounds us, if we just take a moment to breathe and focus, we can always find our heart, our center. The heart will take us to that space where we are grounded and calm. It is our connection to that higher self that is sometimes overshadowed by our ego. Today, take a moment to drop into your heart center and feel the love and peace that is there always. Namaste.
Zentoni five changed color again! I used the brown fine point Sharpie on this one. Notice this piece has a border. I started with that thought in mind. Confine the piece. Put all the squiggles and lines INSIDE the rectangle. Keep it contained. Is that what we tend to do to ourselves sometimes? We confine ourselves, limit ourselves to our so called comfort zone. We suddenly find that thoughts inside our bubble become crowded and chaotic. It’s hard to make any sense out of it. Today, try expanding beyond those limited thoughts and beliefs. Get out of your box! See what magic there is beyond those borders.
Miriam Webster defines the circle as a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve. In sacred geometry the circle represents the spiritual realms.
Circles commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. Without beginning or end, without sides or corners, the circle is also associated with the number one. Circles are often seen as protective symbols. Standing within a circle shields a person from supernatural dangers or influences outside of the circle. Conversely, a circle can also be containing, keeping that which is inside from been released. http://altreligion.about.com/od/symbols/ig/Geometric-Shapes/Circles.htm
Zentoni Number Four is about connection. It’s about the collective consciousness of this universe. The circles represent all of humanity and all beings from all worlds and how we are interlocked with one another. If we realize that every person, every living cell is connected to us, it might just change how we choose to treat others. If we throw a pebble into the pond, it causes a ripple, sending out a reaction to the entire body of water that is connected to that one little spot where your pebble made its splash. If you treat your fellow beings with love, it will travel out from you to the next being and so on for ever. Each day, be more conscious of your words and your actions. Remember that what you say and do goes out into the pond of the universe, and as circles do, will eventually find its way back to you.