Death Valley Dreaming

A couple of years ago I went on a hiking and camping trip to Death Valley.  Expecting barren desert, I was surprised to find and explore a waterfall, sand dunes and Badwater Basin.

I’m currently stuck in central Wisconsin, buried underneath a mountain of cold, wet snow, dreaming about being back in Death Valley with the warmth of the sun, the dryness of the desert air, and the peace and silence that the only the desert embodies.

The above picture was a mindful moment at Ubehebe Crater.

https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/ubehebe-crater.htm

 

Unknown Arizona

Arizona has to be one of the most beautiful states in the country.  It is known for the Grand Canyon, but there is also a part of Arizona that many people are not aware of, the remote White Mountains of Northeastern Arizona.

Situated in Navajo County, it is a 3.5 hour drive up the mountains from the Phoenix area. Fort Apache, is only a 30 miles drive down the mountains from Pinetop-Lakeside and is rich in history.  Arrowhead Cafe, offers authentic Apache food, that is locally grown and sourced.

Looking to travel into the unknown or slightly off grid?  Head to the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona,  The ponderosa pine trees smell amazing and your likely to see wild horses, moose, bobcats and coyotes on your travels.

 

Searching Sedona

I just came back from a day trip to  Sedona, Arizona, one of the most beautiful spots in this country.  Surrounded by red rocks, whirling vortexes and positive energy, I was able to spend the day hiking up Bell Rock.  Although it’s wintertime, the temperature was perfect for hiking, not too hot, not too cold, and because of the season, the number of tourists was very low.

Bell Rock is one of the larger vortex sites in Sedona. Vortexes are concentrations of energy spiraling upward from the Earth. As you climb the rock, you can see tree trunks that are twisted, a visual sign that energy is present.  Vortex sites are known to have physical and spiritual healing properties and there are a number of them present in Sedona.  Whether or not you believe, you can certainly feel something is different in this part of the world.

As far as when to travel, summer has beautiful weather, but if you want to avoid the crowds, winter or early spring is perfect as you can experience more solitude and still have sunny skies.  All you need is a light jacket and a water bladder or bottle and you are good to go.

The Art of Zenful Play

I love the combination of mindful/mindless activities with the mix of strategic fun.  Is it possible to have both?  Yes it is! Tim and I continue creating new games and Zencala is one of our newest creations.  We custom make board games, which are made out of solid oak or poplar wood.  Choose your colors and prepare to have hours of zenful fun as there are over 100 ways to play!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zencala/zencala-a-game-of-strategy?ref=discovery_category&term=Strategy

 

 

British Foods

Having lived in England for over 12 years, I originally did not like the taste of Marmite, but eventually fell in love with the distinct flavor and found that it made a wonderful vegan french onion soup that tasted even better than the beef broth version and was healthier with lots of vitamin B.  Here is a new twist on an old recipe!

Ingredients
2 Large Onions (1 Yellow and 1 White) thinly sliced
2 or 3 TBSP Marmite or desired amount
Add 6 cups of water or desired amount or vegetable stock
French Baguette or 2 slices of bread
Pepper to taste

Directions
Add all ingredients to soup pan
Cook over medium flame or heat for 30 minute until it begins to boil
Pour into bowl, add chopped bread pieces or a slice of french bagette
Top with shredded vegan mozzarella cheese
Enjoy!