I just realized that 2 years ago today I pulled into the Petaluma KOA. My very first time hooking up an RV at a park. My very first road trip in my new home (from Boise to San Francisco to see Metallica play with the San Francisco Symphony). I'd never stayed more than a week as a child in an RV and here I was, doing this on my own.
I had no real plan and really had no idea what I was doing but everything has aligned and fallen into place perfectly.
Now, my love and I have traveled all but the northernmost states, just in the central US. We've gone coast to coast across the middle and Southern states... but we have had plans get changed because of weather - and of course the pandemic. I know we have another year or two before we see all the states.
The past several months, we've been stationary as Camp Hosts for Megunticook Campground by the Sea in Rockport Maine. Pacific ocean two years ago, Atlantic ocean today. Life sure does have great plot twists.
I've been painting along the way. Slowly getting back into my groove. We've explored so many places that we sometimes just enjoy sitting and doing nothing.
I just thought I would take today, this day that I was figuring out how to plug everything in, to get plugged back into the writing groove. There's so much to tell, it'll be a while to get it all out.
For now, I want you to think about where you were two years ago. Have you grown since then? I certainly have. I look forward to connecting with you somewhere along the road. I wonder where we'll be two years from now.
It's been a while... far too long. Every day I plan to write but then do something else instead. This number was too great to pass up.
Why? Because it's often associated with evil and the devil but, as with all things, we get to believe what we want... and what you focus on persists.
According to my favorite website for angel numbers, Joanne Sacred Scribes, "Angel Number 666 tells us that it is time to focus on your personal spirituality in order to balance and heal any issues in your life. Tell the angels about any fears you may have concerning your material supply or lack there of. They are listening and wanting to help you feel prosperous and abundant. Be open to receiving help, love and support from both humans and the angels as it is there for the offering. You need to be receptive in order to receive the help you need. "
Since my last blog post on April 8th (Jordan's birthday) we have had a lot occur. Together, he and I are going to create a travel blog that goes more in depth than what I write here. So I won't go into full detail of where we've been and what we've done since April... at least not tonight.
I can say that since that visit back to Idaho, I have stepped even more into my gifts - channeling messages regularly in my group as well as doing readings. I also led a 21 Day journey with a wonderful group of ladies called 21 Days of Finding Fulfillment. The next one begins July 10th. You can see what it's about at artunlockedwithjessicatookey.com/21days-of-finding-fulfillment
We have made our way to Maine, after a stay at Jordan's Pepe's house where we repaired a broken tank valve. Let me tell you, that was not a fun job but we eventually got it fixed. It's kind of a long story.
We have been "vlogging" on YouTube. Our channel Extraordinary Experiences with Jessica Tookey has a different theme each day of the week.
Back to Maine... we accepted a Camp host position at Megunticook Campground by the Sea. As soon as we got into Maine, our hearts were happy. It truly is a beautiful state. The mountains and the ocean... exactly what we love. If only it stayed warm 😁
We have enjoyed our first week as hosts. It's really a great gig, we work 3 half days then get 6 days off. You can't beat that.
Anywho... I had to pop in for this momentous day. I will work on being better here. There's just so much to do in a day... I have a hard time remembering all of it.
We truly are blessed. Everything we need is always provided. It can be that way for you too. You just have to believe it.
Days 567 - 577
I did it again. Perhaps I need to set a reminder in my phone so I'll at least get in here every other day instead of letting so many days go by.
After Pine Mountain, we headed up to Cloudland Canyon State Park (still in GA). We finally got out of tornado weather but after the second day, it got COLD! We had a little warmer weather again toward the end. But, while there...
First off, this park is fantastic... at least our spot was ... we were right on the edge so we had a lot of space (and deer in the morning because we were right next to the woods).
In the park, there are some phenomenal waterfalls that you can hike down to, right in the park. By hike down... it truly is a strenuous hike... we only counted the stairs on the way back up and we got to 700 something. That didn't include the two offshoots down and back up from the two main falls, and of course didn't count all the hills and rocks in the trail (or the extra climbing we did off trail). We played in a freezing pool above the trail... crossed a giant log (once I was in the middle with the water rushing under, I wondered "what am I doing?" But I made it across, and back.) We walked barefoot where a stream crossed the trail. We saw many wildflowers - and unfortunately, a lot of trash.
I just don't get why people litter... and the plastic bags of dog poop thrown aside 🤦♀️ Don't even get me started.
From there, we were close to Lookout Mountain... so we went to Rock City (very amusement park-esque but still really cool) and another day we did Ruby Falls.
THAT was spectacular. It is the tallest underground waterfall so you walk - with a tour group - through the caves. It is an "active" cave - meaning it actively grows and changes with the stalagmites and stalactites. It was very very beautiful.
We weren't too far from the Jack Daniel's Distillery so we had to go. What a cool place! We did their "Angel's Share Tour" and got to taste 5 of their whiskeys. I'm not a whiskey drinker but 3 of the 5 were quite tasty. One burned. 🤣 The drive from Cloudland to Lynchburg TN was absolutely beautiful.
Then it was time to move again. This time to Amicolala State Park. We found a really cool little town with a fairly new brewery in Talking Rock. We got to enjoy live music and conversation with a peculiar old fellow nicknamed "Doc." He wanted to buy us a beer (again not a beer drinker but their Belgian Style Wheat was good... and when we tried to turn him down he hit Jordan with his cane.) Thankfully their Belgian had run out so I was spared the gut bomb of a second beer. Jordan tried their Hazy, their ipa, the Belgian I ordered and a Red and said they were all delicious.
Amicalola falls are beautiful but... extremely poplar. We found World Famous Fried Pies on our way out of Georgia. SO good! Stop by B.J. Reece Orchards if you're in the area! Definitely worth it (we may have purchased more than we needed)!
Amicolala State Park was a relatively quiet campground... we enjoyed the space but getting to it was a bit rough.
First, we arrived on Saturday afternoon... the state park kiosk was set up for two lanes, however they only had one open... and it was not a straight shot so it was a tight squeeze fitting our home through. The young lady working said "you'll have to check in at the visitor's center, just keep left."
1. If you go to this state park with your rv...the ONLY space to park to check in at the visitor's center is... on the right... BEFORE the parking spaces. If you miss it, you're out of luck. At least we were because EVERY single parking space was full and people were EVERYWHERE (Easter weekend... poor planning on our part) so we ended up driving to the end of the park (saw the falls) and turned around.
2. This was a very busy park.
3. The drive up to the campground is up a 25% grade. No joke. Seriously taxed my brand new truck.
4. The campground driveway is steep as well so prepare for backing into a spot on a hill, on a curve... with a narrow road.
All in all, we still enjoyed our stay and had no real issues.
Then, on day 576, we moved again... north near Ashville, NC to be in the Great Smoky Mountains... and to be near an airport because I am currently on my way to Idaho for a spiritual retreat with Melissa Walsh and many other phenomenal women.
We drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cowee overlook and watched a magnificent sunset our first night.
On day 577, we went to find Sliding Rock. Crazy busy but quite invigorating (the water was cold) we slid 60 ft down the rock to a pool below. Jordan did it twice... it was too cold for me to do it more than once.
A little further south we found another little water fall (we had to hike about a mile in ... wearing our flip flops 🤣). But it was well worth it... you could walk around the falls or walk right underneath.) We, of course, had to walk under it. SO cold but, again, so worth it.
The biggest falls - Looking Glass Falls - were overly crowded so we did the National Lampoons style and snapped a few pictures then were on our way.
It was a lovely day but I was beat by the time we got home. The twisty mountain roads are my favorite to drive but they take extra attention and wear me out.
Now, on day 578, I am sitting on a plane as I write this. Heading to that retreat... and missing Jordan's birthday. I feel terrible leaving him alone on his birthday but he guaranteed that it was no big deal. I think it's a big deal because he's a big deal in my life.
But, when you get the chance to go to a retreat with one of your spiritual mentors, you have to do it. At least I'll get to see my mom, daughter... and maybe my sister today. Retreat begins tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to it!
Take time to recharge and reset! It is always worth it!
NO IDEA how so many days have passed since my last blog. Honestly, I intended to be more diligent but ...
I started a Facebook group called "Unlock Your Dream Life" where I've been posting daily (and have been coaching people... changing my website and fb profile to say "artistic Channel and Intuitive Guide" ... scary stepping into those "woo woo" gifts but, here I am world. Call me a hippie freak if you want... I don't care. There isn't much interaction in the group so hopefully it is making a difference for more people than I know.
To be honest, I have not been getting much interaction anywhere. Seems the algorithms have began blocking me ... I just don't know. I'm just trying to help and entertain people (and make a living while living my dream life of course).
It has been difficult not to be frustrated. I do these cool things yet it's as if no one cares. Then I have people tag me in viral posts and I wonder "why don't they share my stuff"... "mine is cool enough to go viral but..." it hasn't.
Something I have to work through I guess...
Anyway, enough pity party.
We left Florence Marina State Park only a few days after my last post (Match 20th, 2021 to give you a sense of time).
Before leaving, we visited the Richland Rum Distillery... neither of us are really a fan of Rum but we did a tasting tour and oh my, that is not what I expected. It was delicious. We ended up getting a bottle but haven't had any yet. We know that once we open it, that's the end of it. 🤣 And it wasn't inexpensive. I did get some new fans of my work... the master distiller and the guys working the tasting room were in awe of my talents.
We intended to get some hiking in at FDR State Park (where we've been until today, the 28th) but the weather hasn't been great. Plus I have been leading a book club in the Unstoppable Influence academy... and I had a coaching call with Rich reminding me how important it is to be consistent (so I've been going live again, three days in a row now).
Jordan has been a great blessing - shooting short videos of me as we get set up or I am painting outside... little things putting me in front of the camera again... which I haven't done much... it's easier to just show my hands working).
While at FDR, We did go to Calloway Gardens and went to our first butterfly exhibit. One landed on my arm, I honestly think it is the first time I've had a butterfly land on me. We didn't stay in there very long because the climate in the greenhouse like building was WAY too warm for us. Guess we've grown accustomed to the cooler weather.
There were beautiful butterflies everywhere, I loved it. Then we went over to the other side of the park to watch the Birds of Prey show.
Let me just say, I love seeing birds from afar but have rarely had a great experience when they get close.
These flew so close over people's heads that they had to duck. We were warned to keep our hands down because the birds think you're holding up food and will take a finger.
It was a very cool experience though. We enjoyed the flight of the Great horned owl, the Bard owl (did you know owls actually hunt Eagles? We didn't.), and a Hawkins Hawk. It was REALLY cool (and still a good experience even though they got quite close).
The Gardens themselves weren't blooming yet (except in a few spots)... I'm sure it's magical but we were about a week early.
Then, on another day we did the Wild Animal Safari. This was an absolutely wonderfully amazingly magical experience (except for the walkabout, we felt sorry for the caged animals... they all seemed agitated or sedated - I'm sure they're fine but my heart hurt for them). We rented a van to drive through the park and boy am I happy we did. The Buffalo (particularly the water Buffalo) slimmed and chewed on the vehicle as we offered the treats.
We fed (and were licked by) two giraffes. What beautiful creatures! They were in an enclosure (as was the very stinky camel on the other side of the park) but everything else roamed free. Oh, except the two big cats that had water Buffalo taunting them outside their cages.
The water Buffalo seriously slimed the van. Thankfully there were bars on the windows or we would've had their heads and slime in our laps. They loved the treats (BTW, we got four bags of food from the front desk - they recommended one per person but for was a better deal - we saved a bag for the walkabout but shouldn't have... the animals in there weren't interested in the food... we could've fed the eager Buffalo - giraffes - zebras - deer - and donkey-like creatures much more).
Yes, I said zebras. They were reluctant at first (as were many of the creatures) but once they came up to us, it was awesome. I hand fed and petted a zebra. I was obsessed with zebras as a kid so my heart was seriously ecstatic.
The Buffalo (real, big beautiful plains Buffalo) herd was the funniest part. A van had caught up behind us - with children inside - so we'd feed the animals a bit then move on so the people behind us could enjoy the experience as much as we were. The animals usually stiffed that van though... they'd follow us and get us again if we allowed it. The Buffalo, in particular, were very much enthralled with us. We said Jordan is the Buffalo king.
They even walked ahead to cut us off at a turn, then when we finally got through, they totally ignored the other van and tried to follow us further.
It was quite entertaining!
We had plenty more food to give them but unfortunately didn't know the walkabout would be so lame. Oh well, now we know.
By the way, the gal at the front desk tried to tell me I could take my truck through... USUALLY it's ok.
That van had creatures chew on it, drool and push or lean against it (sliming it with who knows what)... and honestly they would've had their entire head in the windows had it not been for the bars. So, even though we saw many go through in their own vehicles... I don't recommend it. Honestly, it's a lot more fun being able to feed and pet them from within a cage and not worry about them nibbling your shoulder (or getting drool all over your interior).
We had another long night of tornado watch - this time one hit a small town only 45 miles from us. It was a long night as the longest claps of thunder roared through the campground. We were blessed by nothing more than rain and a light and sound show.
We met some great people camped next to us. The kind of people I wish there were more of in this earth. Plus they're new fans of my work so that's a bonus. 😁
Honestly, I have been feeling some discomfort in the moving process lately. There's still MANY more places we want to see. So I'm focusing on the blessings we have and those that are on the way. This life isn't for the faint of heart. But it truly is wonderful!
On to our next spot, and next adventure today. I'll do my best to blog sooner next time! Love and light to you!!!
Written several Days ago...
Days 553 - 558
A little boy almost rode his scooter into our deck. He was looking down and just scooting along when I called out and said "hey buddy, please don't ride right next to our trailer." I think it startled him that we were there.
Besides that (and one other child) we've had a better experience with people in our space while here at our current Georgia location.
We had a whole different kind of experience though. Our first tornado warning. We knew this storm front was coming but, there was nowhere we could take our home, the storm was stretching from the north to south causing all sorts of destruction along the way. We had to stay put.
All we could do is trust that all would be OK. We still prepared for evacuation (the camp host went around telling everyone that if we heard sirens we needed to get into the bathrooms). We put our coat and shoes near the door, clothes on all night.
That was the worst part, that it was rolling through at night. And boy oh boy was it a dark night.
The air was perfectly still. Only the thunder rolling (some of the longest thunder claps I have ever heard) and occasional songs from the frogs. I figured the frogs would hide if a tornado was coming so I listened for them all night. Eventually, I fell asleep while listening and watching for lightning or movement in the trees.
I asked for protection for our property and all the campers around us. Imagining a bubble of light surrounding the property. It was interesting to see the storm break on the radar as it appeared to hit the bubble.
Jordan was awake all night, finally coming to bed as the sun began to rise. At one point, as the tornado watch turned into a tornado warning, he even put on his shoes so he'd be ready to go. We had the cat carriers ready and blocked off their upper hidey hole (the bunk in the back that's always raised up but lowered enough for them to jump in). They behaved normal (as normal as our cats can be) throughout the night so between them and the frogs, and my faith, I knew all would be OK.
We've enjoyed the quiet of this area. We went on a couple of nature trails but have yet to see more than a few frogs. Unless you count the creepy skeletal figure in a swing and the headstones scattered about... we think we found the remains of someone's haunted Halloween trail. It was very creepy to walk up on, that's for sure!
We came to this area to see Providence Canyon State Park. A red rock canyon, unique for Georgia, created because of poor farming practices. They call it the little Grand Canyon. It truly was a spectacle to see! You hike down into the canyon (we started at the visitor's center) and find the creek and directional signs at the bottom. The water flows constantly so you're encouraged to wear waterproof shoes. We both felt the desire to walk barefoot in it. It was lovely!
The sand is soft and the rocks in the water are actually spongy. Completely broken down by the constant flow. Hiking into the canyons as far as we could go - we were in awe of the beauty. It truly was worth the visit.
Another cool thing in this area is the Omaha Brewing Company. The owner was leaving after we had arrived. She came back inside because of my website on my truck. She was amazed by my talent and invited me to participate in their vendor fair (every second Saturday of the month). Well, I'll be in Idaho for a retreat during the April one, then off to North Carolina in May and who knows where in June - definitely further north than here. Definitely something to keep in mind though.
She let me leave business cards on the table. I'm sure they'll be snatched up soon (people love putting them on their fridge as little artworks).
The drinks and the people at Omaha Brewing Company are wonderful.
Today we're going to head to the Richland Rum Distillery after I get a little work done. Plus, we need to find the nearest UPS store to ship a couple of the Words Matter portraits home. I'd prefer their originals be with their family, just in case something does happen to our home/art studio on wheels. I'd hate to have to redraw any of the memorial portraits. But really, it's time for these two to go home (I wanted to hand deliver them but, we won't be in the Pacific Northwest anytime soon). Then I will only have a few memorial portraits left to deliver. I'll have to get prints made of a couple, so when I deliver them, I can keep their image and story a part of the exhibit. Gleefully my print shop back in Boise has survived the pandemic. Guess it's time to check in.
I wish I could find some events to show the Words Matter portraits at. Some day. For now, they're packed away in back and viewed online. I have had several people find the exhibit online and then reach out to me.
The website on my truck was a good plan.
If you don't share your gifts, you never know who you could've helped.
I didn't even realize so much time has gone by. Goodness. My apologies to those who are following our journey!
I've been busy in my FB group lately (it is called "Unlock Your Dream Life"). Posting daily inspiration and tools there... I guess that I lost track of time.
Honestly, time is irrelevant to me, even though I have a counter that tracks our days on the road...I really don't pay that much attention to time.
Since my last entry, I made the decision to offer coaching - that is how the group came about. It was not something I thought I would do but many have asked so, here we are.
It seems I only have so much mental capacity and really haven't had much "travel" insight even though we've been moving a lot.
We didn't want to leave the Keys but the park claimed there wasn't room for us to stay longer.
We saw old friends and met new ones... it's definitely one of our favorite places to be.
After spending 2 weeks at Jolly Roger (only one month total in the Keys this year) it was time to move on.
But first, we went skydiving over Key West. The second jump for both of us and oh my, it was spectacular! I would love to get my certification and just jump all over the world. There really are no words to describe the experience, except freedom.
The next day (Feb. 15th) we had a long drive up to St. Augustine, FL.
The nation's oldest continuously inhabited city is pretty touristy. There are a lot of things to see and do but it was way too commercial to go to after a month in the Keys. We truly did not like the vibe. There was a very clear homelessness and drug problem. It was not a good two weeks there. Plus, it was very cold compared to what we were used to and it rained a lot.
We did go to Ponce De'Leon's Fountain of y
Youth. We enjoyed creating a funny video there (not only did Jordan drink from it but he poured a cup over his head... it was entertaining). We also went to the Alligator Farm. That was REALLY cool! So if you're in St. Augustine, we do recommend going to those two places and getting fried chicken from Fried Chicken Kitchen. It was the best chicken we've had since New Orleans last year during Mardi Gras at Coops. Plus, every single one of the sides was absolutely delicious. I ate too much. But it was ooooh so good!
Then, we were off to Georgia. Jekyll Island was really quiet and we had tons of rain... and it was definitely cold. So much rain that branches were falling off trees. But Driftwood Beach is a must see.
We were crammed in pretty close to neighbors at Jekyll. Then we moved on to Skidaway Island State Park. There, we got an upgrade to a premium spot for free but, honestly... all of the sites are so spread out that we finally had some peace and quiet. No yapping dogs ... no neighbors outside our bedroom... just birds and squirrels. It was a nice change. The trails were fun to walk as well. A lot of little fiddler crabs all over (day a bigger one at Driftwood Beach).
Then we moved to Tybee Island. Now that place is a definite must see. A great vibe and cool place. We made some new friends and even stayed a few days extra because our friends let us borrow a cool thing to clean out our tanks (one valve seems to have a block or something so I get a surprise when I take the cap off... fun).
Make sure that you visit North Beach Bar if you go to Tybee. It is a fun place. It was the first time we experienced a whole bar shot (one couple bought everyone sitting around the bar a shot... sixteen or so people... strangers to one another, it was too fun).
Then, it was time to move inland. Oh... first... at Tybee, our first site was on the corner and we kept experiencing people walking right through our site. Adults and children.
Etiquette (for those of you who aren't campers or just aren't aware) is that you do NOT walk through other people's sites. Most parks actually have it in their rules.
Well, apparently in GA that isn't a thing. We had people walking close enough they could touch our home. So, I positioned the truck to make it obvious where our "property line" was. This helped keep them away from our home but not the truck... at least the back side of our home... we still had people cut through the front. I just don't get it.
One old man walked right alongside our camper as we were packing things up. Between our site and our neighbors but again, close enough to touch our home. We just liked at him dumbfounded.
Then we get to Beaver Run RV Park where we planned to just relax a few days before getting into the mountains (letting the weather get a bit warmer). Well, again... people are cutting near the back end. Then, as Jordan was putting the freshly filled propane tanks back in front some kid walks BETWEEN our truck and trailer... right next to Jordan. WTF?
I asked if he said something but he didn't because the kids was a young teen... and he was dumbfounded and just looked at him. I said, well if I see it I'm saying something! Then this woman - an adult - does it. We see her and I say "you know it's not polite to walk through other people's camping sites." She goes "oh sorry" ... then we could see her over at a site pointing at us.
There are roads around, it's not that much out of the way to go around but continuously people are cutting through inhabited sites.
Seriously, who does that? Over 550 days on the road and never once have we had people just walk right through our site like this. Between our truck and trailer especially... I don't understand.
So I backed the truck up to cut off their path through our site. At least they can't walk between our truck and our home anymore.
Tomorrow, we head into the mountains. Who knows what we'll experience as we spend the next month in GA parks. Perhaps we need to set up some sort of temporary blockade to keep people away from our things.
I guess camping in the rest of the U.S. is different than GA.
I ask that those of you reading this will show some common courtesy of you find yourself camping or RVing. For some of us, this is our home. Would you want people walking through your yard if there's no reason for it (besides laziness)?
Let's show each other a little more respect.
We've arrived at our final stay in the Keys. We really would've loved to stay longer but it's much busier this year in comparison to last February. Plus, or final stay has an unexpected guest - for nine days - in our small space.
There are so many things that non-rvers don't think about - and we have a few extra things because of our strange cats, and my art.
In all reality, it's hard to share your space with anyone. And when it's a small space, it is even more difficult.
But, we'll do our best to make the best of it.
Just a note to anyone who wants to go visit a friend or family, check with them before making plans. It will ease some of the stress that could result.
Since my last post, we had a wonderful time down at Key West again (a week ago today). We enjoyed live music (which both of us have missed very much) and we even got to dance. Thankfully, we made it out of what was definitely a COVID cesspool without getting sick.
I've been working more, the weather our first two days in Marathon were very cold but since then, it has warmed up enough to work outside. Which means a big canvas that I've been wanting to work on was finally pulled out.
Which gets a lot of attention from the neighbors.
Typically, it'll lead to some sales and commissions. Jordan was walking down to the water yesterday and overheard a group talking. He said he heard them say "have you seen that artist Jessica Tookey over there?"
We've been putting a painting outside every day. Today though, it's raining. Then, we'll likely be taking our visitor to Key West.
We will see what the day holds.
I'm feeling prompted to share a message I put in my FB group, "Unlock Your Dream Life," yesterday...
This morning, during my meditation, the word COLOR filled my mind. If you are completely color blind, I send you love... this conversation will not fully connect for you but still has bearing for you, please bear with me.
Science has proven that color is merely a result of light. A red shirt is not actually red, it is the light reflected from the object that creates what you see. To emphasize this, think about Grass. We know that healthy grass is green... but, as the light changes the color of that grass changes... correct? We know, at night, that the grass will be green again when the sun comes up... but, what we see in the absence of light is definitely not green.
Yet, we'll always answer that grass is green.
Because what we see in the light is our truth.
The light that reflects is the truth.
It creates our reality.
We know that the color will return when the light returns, even though we can't see it in the moment of darkness.
We trust this.
Trust that there's more beyond what we can currently see.
So, question 1:
what possibilities have you been denying simply because you can't see it?
A color blind child learns that the grass is green and believes it because it is what they've been told. But in truth, they don't see what fully functional eyes see... but they believe it.
So here's the FLIP SIDE to question 1:
what are YOU believing is truth simply because you've been told that it is what it is?
Where have you let someone else's truth define your reality?
You don't have to share your answers here but please take time to consider that maybe....
There is so much more for you to discover.
I am filled with so much love for each and every one of you. Even those of you I have yet to meet in this human existence. I thank you for being you. I love you. You truly are a beautiful being of love and LIGHT.
IT IS TIME TO REFLECT WHAT IS FOR THE GREATEST GOOD.
I learned, from Melissa Walsh, a way I love beginning my morning (before getting out of bed) I ask,
"Where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say and with whom?"
The beautiful things that come from being open to All That Is, God, Source, The Holy Spirit, Gaia, The Universe... whatever you want to call the source energy that is in each of us, is absolutely - breathtakingly - wonderful.
All you have to do is believe, trust, and live completely in the light.
Nomadic Day 508
So much has happened since my last travel post.
SO much goodness!
We stayed at the Chassahowitzka River State Park. What a cool place (although, we are back in the land of No-see-ums and they LOVE to munch on me. Stupid bugs).
We finally got to try out our kayak. There were manatees everywhere near the boat launch. The river broke off in small tributaries, the park has a map to help you find the best places. There's a cave system in one of them, called the Seven Sisters. I didn't feel comfortable enough, or strong enough, to swim through the one big one we found. Jordan went through several times though. Then we went to the Crack... which is exactly that, a big Crack. But it's a fun little swimming hole you actually have to walk into. You can kayak most of the way at high tide but just a short distance before, you have to beach your kayak and walk the rest of the way in. It's a even straight out of a movie. A lovely lagoon to hang out in.
The water was a bit cold and the air a bit chilly for me, so I only got in the water one day and had pants and sweatshirt to wear on the ride back. It was a nice, quiet campground though. Probably the quietest we've experienced.
And, like I said, we saw a lot of manatee. Crystal River (where we swam with the manatee) wasn't far away. Neither was Weeki Wachee River- which was a great kayak as well and even more manatees.
We even saw a river otter (we were worried it was going to try to get in the kayak for a minute). He didn't seem to care at all that we were there.
I've learned that the lemongrass oil does, in fact, reduce the amount of No-see-um bites. Just as good as bug spray. But, it also attracts the sun (which my current bug spray does as well).
Then we went across the state all the way to the Atlantic and stayed in Del Raton RV Park. Not the greatest park, the sprinklers put spots on everything and... there was constant train noise... but it was the closest we could get to the beach on the east coast. We spent a month in this windy city... very few days nice enough to go to the beach but we spent quite a bit of time hanging out with Jordan's dad and little brother. We even went there for Christmas dinner (I sure miss my family during the holidays). We enjoying Atlantic Avenue for New Year's Eve - catching a cold or flu bug (maybe even a different strain of Covid but that's not for sure and Jordan's dad got tested after spending time around us - it was negative). Jordan was miserably sick for over a week.
We also visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. That place was VERY cool and relaxing. Which was needed because Delray Beach is full of people always in a hurry.
Then we got back to the Keys. Once again with the No-see-ums. I'm currently VERY itchy. Kinda going out of my mind from itching right now (calagel helps); but, we're in the tropical paradise again.
We've been taking day trips to Bahia Honda State Park... I finally felt warm enough to get in the water (and got my first sunburn - oops) the other day. Jordan was made for the water. He's in it every time.
We went down to Key West again. Many shops did not survive the shut downs - including one of our favorite bars (Lucy's). But, there's still live music and people everywhere. Still everyone gathering to watch the sunset. It was great to see that not everyone is living in fear.
We also went snorkeling again, this time through Captain Hook's in Big Pine Key. We went to Looe Reef - part of the only living barrier reef in North America.
It was wonderful. We saw a lot of fish and we both saw a sea turtle. We got some great video of the 2 hours in the water (condensed to 17 minutes - is hard to tell what you're filming with a GoPro in the water). No sharks but lots of barracuda. One was plotting on me. 😟 Thankfully it didn't get too close but it was creeping up on me for a bit. Creepy experience for sure! Jordan really wanted to see a shark and was chanting all morning and while we were there "shark shark shark shark shark." I even caught a bit of it on camera... but no sharks.
The last time we snorkeled down here, I did not enjoy it. The water was choppy that day. The waves kept crashing over me and getting water in my snorkel. Plus, we barely saw anything. I had decided ocean snorkeling was not for me.
I'm glad I tried again. Even though I was nervous leading up to it, it was worth the nerves. Plus, we saw the biggest manatee drinking fresh water before we left the marina (shown in the picture). I even figured out how to use my fins better. 🙃 Since my legs are literally twisted, they don't work the same as other people's. I learned that I can move well in the water with more of a frog kick than a dolphin kick (the dolphin just would not work for me).
It was a surreal experience when Jordan sent schools of fish to me. I was surrounded by them. It was pretty magical.
I'm glad I made the decision to try snorkeling again. I began feeling somewhat comfortable in the water.
I challenge you to conquer your fears and do the thing because it is always worth it. Even if you don't enjoy it, something comes out of the experience.
We have just under 3 weeks left here. RVing in the Keys goes through your budget quickly. We'd love to stay longer... we'll see if the Universe will provide for that.
For now, I leave you with a quote from my friend Frank White, "There are moments that define a person's whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they become hinge on a single decision."
What was your moment?
Self ... the greatest torture and treasure wrapped in one.
I won't go live every night... I thought about it tonight but felt a post was better as I figure out the best way to share "downloads."
For those unfamiliar with spiritual practices - a download is something received from our higher self, God, Source, the Universe, Gaia, Spirit, The Divine, the ethereal, what ever you call the energy of all that is... that something outside of the form being used to write this.
That said... here's what I'm meant to share today...
Definition of self can destroy. Or it can help you grow. Your form... the body you are in... your job, your status, your problems, none of it is not WHO you are.
"In the seeing of who you are not, the reality of who you are emerges." ~Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
After recently watching the film "Becoming Nobody" - a documentary on the core of Ram Dass' teachings, the sense of self has been on my heart more often lately. How can we truly love ourselves when we are so busy defining ourselves by something that doesn't ring true.
I asked the Universe to provide the words needed to help people get through the loss of self.
This has been a strong "happening" beginning in 2015 and coming to a climax in 2020. Those who had the greatest struggles, found clarity early... others took several years... more are still fighting the ego who wants to remain tied to the human labels and stay "comfortable" in the societal cages it has spent a lifetime building.
Our ego will provide us with fear, resistance, anger, and anxiety any time we feel it is time for a change. And it is easy to just stay in what is familiar and allow ego to continue to keep us confined, sheltered, smothered.
Whenever you feel inferior or superior to someone - that is the ego talking.
The ego does not want an end to its problems because it is its identity.
When we define ourselves according to someone else's ideas and expectations, we will be full of all that ego provides plus depression, suicidality, and a sense of longing for a greater existence that fills us with despair because in ego, we can never have the life we dream of.
It is through loss of self that you will find peace. Loss of self also means acceptance of self but... that's a piece of healing for another post.
I loved this quote from Ram Dass, "When I was born I donned a spacesuit for living on this plane, it was this body, my space suit, and it had a steering mechanism which is my pre-frontal lobe and all the brain that helps with coordinating and stuff. Just like those others who go to the moon and learn to use their space suit...I too had to learn how to grab things and lift things. And then you get rewarded with little stars, kisses and all kinds of things when you learn how to use your space suit. You get so good at it that you can't differentiate yourself from your spacesuit.
You walk down the street and you’re somebody; you dress like somebody; your face looks like somebody. Everybody is reinforcing their structure of the universe over and over again and you meet [each other] like two huge things meeting. We enter into these conspiracies. You say, I’ll make believe you are who you think you are if you make believe I am who I think I am.”
It's time to release this. It is time to get to your core.
That will not happen until you realize that you are a being of love and light, connected to all that is. THAT is who we are. Each and every one of us.
And you are perfect. Exactly made for the purpose of your existence.
Trust and know that this is true.
Have a beautiful night, morning, or day - who knows when this will be in front of you. All I know is it will be at exactly the right time.
Much love and light to you all!
Today we went snorkeling at Looe Key. Almost a year since our last Key West snorkeling adventure. Last year, I did not enjoy the experience.
The waves were too big - and I am not yet a confident swimmer. So I was swallowing a lot of saltwater.
This year was a different story.
The water was calm. The fish were abundant.
It was an amazing experience that I'll go into more detail about soon. For now, I must rest.
Nomads...day 488. Today we visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Arriving inside at 12:12 - numbers peeps, you'll see why this is Divine.
The first thing we did was stop for lunch at the Cafe, it was delicious.
As I was sitting at the table waiting for Jordan and Bernie Murray to return, the lake caught a breeze in such a unique way... as if someone was crossing it toward me. As I watched it reach the shore, it faded away, but then that breeze reached me.
Immediately filling me with chills, and a sense of peace. A very strong feeling to trust all will be well. All will be taken care of. It also filled me with a sense of immense power. The power we all have access to if we will release our humanness and accept that we are a part of All That Is.
We wandered around, reaching the Bamboo forest. A soon as we crossed through, the wind picked up again. This video is that experience.
May you feel the peace that this beautiful place brought us.
Some of you may have noticed that I've started posting more about energy and what is happening in that area. It's because I'm finally listening again and stepping into the gifts that I have been given. I will not let fear of other's opinions keep me from sharing the messages that arise.
You CAN find peace amidst chaos. But you won't find it while pointing at other's and saying they are doing wrong.
Their actions are fulfilling a purpose that was set in place long before we arrived. It isn't good, it isn't bad, it just is.
If you're feeling out of sorts, take time to connect with nature. If you can stand barefoot in the grass, sand, or dirt... do it. If that isn't an option for you snowy weather people... find a big old tree and sit with it for a little while. Hug it if you feel the urge. 😁
Say hello and sit in commune with it.
Then be still.
Feel the power and LOVE of this earth.
Allow it to fill you completely.
Then, you'll realize, all is well.
I had a dream that I was traveling all over the world. In less than 6 months, I sold almost everything I own...bought a Toy Hauler (the "garage" is my art studio) and am now living wherever, whenever...just me, my art, and my cats.