April is usually a hiking month for me somewhere on this beautiful planet, but not this year as I stay indoors in isolating due to the pandemic, but it makes me appreciate and value nature even more. Hiking has always been a way for me to feel whole. Mother earth heals body, mind and spirit. there is no medicine more powerful than nature.
Today being Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful planet in isolation. This year is different as we are forced to slow down and reflect on how we impact our world. With restrictions on materialism and consumerism, many of us are spending time in nature at home, gardening, cooking and observing.
Today I want to celebrate Earth Day with everyone in isolation by challenging you to plant some seeds, hug a tree, take a walk, watch the birds or squirrels and say thank you.
We all live on one planet. Let’s celebrate it, take care of it and keep it alive.
Dreaming of traveling during the restriction? I love travel and being restricted at this time during the pandemic is difficult. All I can do is reminisce about past travel adventures and plan for the future.
Read about self-transformation in some of the world’s most beautiful places.
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.
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.
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.
A special thank you to all my blog followers this year. I am truly grateful for each and everyone one of you.
As you know I write about a lot of different topics, travel, food, relationships, adventures, publishing, self-help, etc, but I would love to hear what specific topics you would like to read more about or what other interests you have in the new year.
Please comment and tell me what you would like to see more of!
This stickers is from the 1970s. Remember when everyone was called a “Turkey”? LOL
Being an avid hiker and biker, I was thrilled to unexpectedly find Big River Crossing, on my recent trip to Memphis, Tennessee.
Big River Crossing is also the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge that expands a mile over the Mississippi river and leads you from historic Memphis over the state line into Arkansas.
What’s really cool about this river walk is that there are bikes if you prefer to cycle. Bicycles and scooters can be rented all over Memphis for a fun adventurous way to explore at only $5.00 for the entire day! I love the mix of old historic Memphis with a modern twist.
I decided to hike over on foot first which gave me the opportunity to see the Memphis skyline and watch a barge moving containers through the Mississippi Delta. I then rented a bicycle, downloaded the app, which was easy and efficient, hoped on a bike and cycled over the Mississippi again.
I met some fellow bikers crossing the river, one who said that he had eaten a big meal of Mexican food before he started and said the beans helped him get over the river! LOL
On a recent visit to Memphis, Tennessee, I had fun exploring the city’s vegan options, and found a fun quirky, restaurant called, “Imagine” that was 100% vegan. I decided to try a piece of Elvis cake, which consisted of banana cake, peanut butter frosting and chocolate topping. Elvis would have been proud!
On a recent hiking trip through the forest, I came across a patch of wild blackberries. They provided me with a tasty afternoon snack. It’s not the first time I have eaten berries off the bush.
Someone once asked me if I was worried about animals peeing on them. Although possible, I usually eat the berries off the top of the bush, so if a deer had urinated on them, it would have to have been really tall. Anyway, that question led me to think about how we are so conditioned to buying food in plastic wrap and under florescent lighting that we don’t think about all the chemicals, pesticides and hormones that are in what we perceive as “safe foods”.
What happened to eating raw and wild?
So far this year, I have found and eaten wild asparagus, raspberries and mushrooms. I have also snacked on a local plum tree. When living in Florida, I picked and ate a pineapple that was growing alongside a swimming pool. The pineapple was warm, full of flavor, and tasted like sunshine.
Animal pee over pesticides? I will continue to snack on natures goodies any day!
I recently cycled the Tomorrow River Trail, a secluded historic rail-trail through central Wisconsin. I thought the route was going to be a relatively easy ride but it turned out to be a challenge due to excessive winds.
When I cycle, I enjoy the adventure, but I also appreciate that its a moving meditation that clears my mind and invigorates me in ways that other sports don’t. I love that its a combination of physical exercise and mindfulness.
Tomorrow River’s Trail consists of a crushed stone trail that is 29.2 miles long. It passes through open fields and tree lined paths, extending through several counties. If you want to get off the trail, there are several small rural towns to explore along the way.
Being an active biker, I try to explore a new trail each week as I love the combination of physical exercise and mindfulness. If you haven’t tried it yet, get out of your house and start cycling. There are new trails to explore!