To Travel or Not to Travel?

With all the travel hype going on at the moment and facing another domestic trip out west, I can’t help but think, should I, or shouldn’t I travel.  With an upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon, open space, fresh air and a minimal amount of people, I wonder if it’s safe to go or not to go.  My body craves the exercise it needs through hiking, and my soul seeks the adventure that springtime brings after being locked up in a small house all winter.

So the decision remains, do I travel or not travel with all the media hype about the corona virus.  At this time domestic travel is still considered safe and millions of people are flying at this very moment.  Is it safe to fly?  Who knows, but I do know that life has no guarantees either way.  You can stay in your own small town and be the victim of crime or catch an illness, or you can catch it abroad.

How do you know what to do?  Being safe and responsible is the main thing.  I recently went to a local health spa where I ended up catching the flu and was sick for three weeks.  Life is ironic.  What I do know is that life calls us at different times in our lives to make difficult decisions, some more difficult than others.

Every spring I take a hiking trip somewhere remote and beautiful.  I feel alive again after the long hard Midwest winter and it marks the shifting of stagnation in both body and mind.

The recent news hype and fears about the corna virus reminded me of several trips that I took in the past in which I overcame fears and challenges in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Nomadic Tales of a Traveling Counselor shares many of my experiences in Costa Rica, Havasu Falls, Tolantongo Mexico, the Grand Canyon, including several other incredible places around the globe.

For me, life is about travel and adventure and sharing it with others is what it is all about.  We get out of our daily routines, our ruts, and our negative life patterns.  We breathe new air, smell new aromas, and connect to the land and people in healing ways.

To go or not to go?  Life waits for no one.

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Everyday I Love You

Telling people we love them isn’t always easy when we get angry or upset with them.  Sometimes in life we are not given a second chance to forgive but have to live with unspoken words.

Tell someone today that you love them.  Today is all we have.

I love you!

Alchemy Unfolding

Today we went to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin and looked at the world of origami.  Being a creative person, I love artwork in all forms.  The exhibit consisted of large paper and metal origami sculptures.  The artwork is not something that I personally have practiced, but it inspired me to be creative again.

Alchemy Unfolding captures the delicate nature of paper folding in metal. Five sculptures by Santa Fe-based artist Kevin Box – three with collaborators Robert J. Lang and Michael G. LaFosse.

For more info:

https://www.lywam.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/

 

Clear Water Beach

In the past, I traveled to southern Florida in the winter, where in the tropics you are usually guaranteed warm weather and sunshine, but this year I went to Clear Water Beach, much further north in the sunshine state.

Although at the time, the weather was not as warm as I would have liked, due to a cold spell, it was warm enough to walk the beach, bicycle and eat at outside cafes, a welcome change from the frozen Midwest tundra I had left behind.

Clear Water Beach has something for everyone.  It has a beautiful clean beach, an amusement park for kids, and trendy local restaurants and nightclubs to play in at night.

One of my favorite things to do is to photograph clouds, so I quickly took this opportunity to snap a picture of the incoming clouds one rainy afternoon.  Luckily I was able to soak up some sun before the clouds appeared.

Cloud Forest Zip Lining

A few years ago, I went to Costa Rica and had many first time adventures including white water rafting, swimming in hot springs, and zip lining above the rainforest canopy.

I was staying at a local organic echo farm, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, and enjoyed the scenic rainy drive to Monteverde Cloud Forest, which has the longest zip line in Costa Rica.

Excited to zip line over the rainforest canopy, we took cable cars up the steep volcanic terrain, going higher and higher into the forest.  We were informed that at a certain point, that if we changed our mind, it would be too late, and that the only way down was to zip line.

Before we reached the top, we were given a mini experience of what starting and stopping entailed.  Stopping was abrupt due to the speed of travel.  I then reached the point of no return, and was secured into my harness and prepared to launch.

My adrenaline raced as I jumped off the platform and began my long journey back down the rainforest.

The first thing I remember was how painful the rain was as it hit my face like shards of glass.  I could barely open my eyes as I sped from one zip lining station to the next.  I remember being shocked at how high I was and the speed that I was traveling.

Monteverde Cloud Forest zip line consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms.  It’s an exciting and adventurous experience.  Views of the lake and Arenal Volcano are visible as you fly above the rainforest canopy.  Although it wasn’t my first time zip lining, it was certainly one of the most adventurous life experiences that I have had, and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone traveling to Costa Rica.  My only advice would be to go on a day that wasn’t raining.

Happy zip lining!