What do you do when life challenges you in unexpected ways? You drive a U-haul across the country, leaving behind life as you know it.
Unexpectedly I found my life shift and change, forcing me to make decisions that I did not want to make. I realized that life is unpredictable.
Driving a 20-foot U-haul and towing my car behind was completely out of my comfort zone. My friend and travel companion reminded me to breathe as I began the journey driving the wrong way into rural mountains with no place to turn around. I white-knuckled the steering wheel as I drove further into the unfamiliar mountain range.
For four days, we were enchanted by the beauty of New Mexico, laughed across the state of Texas and wanted to kill each other in the cattle fields of Kansas, but we survived the journey recognizing that our adventure together was a test of strength, endurance, and patience. We ate Chinese food every night in Super 8 Hotels along the way and saw Dorthy’s house from the Wizard of Oz.
We survived the journey together and I have surrendered to the fact that I will probably make more unexpected journeys in my lifetime, and that’s ok. I no longer hold onto a false sense of security as life is truly an illusion. What feels safe, isn’t, and what feels fearful is safe. Life is a paradox.
I could have stayed in one place my entire life, but then I think about all the people I would not have met and all the experiences I would not have had, both good and bad. Not that I have chosen all of my life changes, on the contrary, most of them were forced upon me, but I no longer fight them, but accept that I am being guided to a new place, a new experience or back to a familiar place where I am to resolve the past. Wherever life takes me, it will be a journey…
If you want to explore a magical place of gemstone mountains, waterfalls, narrow slot canyons, salt flats and majestic sand dunes, take a journey into the remote world of Death Valley. This journey is for the adventurous spirit, one who is seeking a new experience of endurance and solitude in a world where the average temperature rises above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
I had no idea when I decided to go hiking and camping in Death Valley that I was traveling deeply into an unknown world, a land so uniquely different and beautiful that it often left me breathless as I hiked up mountain peaks, practiced yoga watching the sunrise in the barren desert, rock scrambled through narrow slot canyons, hiked to a beautiful green waterfall and ran laughing down giant sand dunes.
I will never forget the sound of silence I experienced in Death Valley. A silence that I have never known before that created a stillness deep within my soul; a remote world where only the sound of your heartbeat and the whispering winds can be heard.
If you are not into camping, there is a lodge in Death Valley where you can stay that has a swimming pool and hotel amenities where you don’t have to rough it, but either way, it’s a place to experience if you are seeking a journey off the beaten path.
I’m very excited to announce that I am now an Ambassador for Wildland Trekking Company!
Someone once said to me, “I could never do group travel.” I also used to have that same thought, but once I traveled with Wildland Trekking Company, I completely changed my mind. On my first hiking trip, I met a diverse group of people from all over the world. Together we hiked in remote slot canyons, swam in beautiful tranquil waterfalls, made shadow puppets on the canyon walls under star-filled skies, and ate healthy gourmet meals in some of the most beautiful natural settings imaginable.
Wildland Trekking Company offers domestic and global hiking trips to Iceland, Nepal, and Peru, with options for several different trip styles including; basecamp, stock/porter and inn-based. Trips are rated for difficulty levels, offering a hiking experience for people of all ages and abilities.
Wildland Trekking trips are for people who have a love for nature and adventure. If you are looking for a new experience or want to personally explore “Therapeutic Landscapes”, you can’t go wrong with Wildland. You will have the experience of a lifetime!
Have you ever tried going solo? It’s a great experience that everyone should do at some point in their lifetime. Traveling solo allows you the chance to get to know yourself better in several different ways. Sometimes traveling alone can be a challenge, but more often, it is a wonderful experience that can open up your life in ways that you could never imagine. I often take trips alone, meeting new and interesting people, exploring beautiful natural places and most of all, traveling solo allows my soul the chance to grow.