One year ago today I left for quite the adventure. Being lead by the universe, listening to my inner self and seizing once in a life time moments, I drove through 39 states and stayed in 25 of them. I visited over 25 National Parks, Monuments and Forests. I hiked trails all over the country. Wow is earth beautiful! I witnessed hundreds of sunrises and sunsets. Some so spectacular, tears poured down my cheeks.
For those of you who don’t know, I turned my car into a camper. It had three rows of seats and I took out the back two. With my uncle’s help, I built a storage box that held my pantry, art supplies, tools and misc items. On top of that I put a twin mattress…a real bed!! Surrounding the bed I built shelves and misc cubbies to hold all my things. (I even have a little library filled with books on astrology, meditation, living in the moment, yoga, mindful eating and tantric sex.). The ceiling was put to good storage use as well. I attached netting to hold clothes, maps and miscellaneous items. I even hung tapestries up completing the “blanket fort” feel.
Although my camper was super comfy, I only slept in my car 1/3 of the time. The rest of the time family and friends, both old and new showered their love and generosity on me.
I am blessed for sure!
Without a clear plan, my journey led me around the country in figure eights. Living my whole year “feeling” it out, I stopped when I needed to and picked up and got going when I felt called to. This is not to say I didn’t plan at all. Quite the contrary. Planning included reviewing maps, checking weather, deciding which National Parks to visit and looking over my budget. Because of planning I was able to check off three bucket list items (Crater Lake, New England in Autumn and the Florida Keys). What I didn’t plan but rather allowed to unfold were the routes I would take, friends I would meet, daily adventures I would have and all the emotions I would face.
I sit here now in the same place I left a year ago. It’s raining just as it was then. Today feels surreal. As it did then too. I find many similarities between then and now. Including exciting adventures that await me and the mysteries in between. I am eager as I was before. This time though, I have a year of experience in uncharted territory and “feeling” my way through this magical thing we call life!
Happy Adventuring my friends! Love and hugs, Adventure Mel