January 14, 2018

2017...WeBeGon treks

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow".
Melody Beattie

Yes, Melody Beattie held my hand for many years...and I must again give thanks to her words, wisdom and faith for she was one of many teachers who helped me free myself from my self imposed darkness to be the person I am today. I have come to realize that nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. And for us, now is the time to understand more, so that we all fear less.

Last year, 2017, seemed like a blur, but Imkelina reminded me that we had many celebrations with dear friends, experienced new adventures and gazed upon some of the most beautiful murals of our wondrous west.

Although the year ended with our energy directed to a new life challenge, we still give many thanks to all the fortunes that have embraced us through life and feel confident that we are in a secure place to endure all trials and adversity. There is this old African proverb that comes to mind when I think of Imke and I..."if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together." And thus our friendship has enabled us to truly live life on our own terms.

For thousands of miles we watched these wiggling hips of our little dashboard Hula Girl, who we fondly named Nainoa, after the famed navigator of the Hōkūleʻa. She was gifted to us by Imke's "bruddah and sistah-in-law" who live in her beloved Hawaii. That "shak'n it" view brought us so much joy...for the more those little hips wiggled, the more adventures were being had. And Nainoa was such a perfect traveler...no fixed plans and no intent on arriving at any particular spot. Also traveling with Nainoa on the WeBeGon dash is one of our treasured Zuni Fetishes...the bear, guardian of the west, symbolizing strength, power, healing and self knowledge. We are always excited at the views beyond them as we find our way to new or favorite Waypoints!

Hwy 1 headed toward Pt. Magu
Arizona welcomes us

boondocking at Darby Wells Road
passing through Tucson, AZ

Kartchner Caverns State Park, AZ
Chiricahua National Monument, AZ
Indian Bread Rocks, AZ
Tucson Mountain Park en route to Gilbert Ray Campground, AZ
Hwy 40 slog across California

Hwy 395 spring flowers
Eastern Sierra peaks off Hwy 395
Volcanic Tablelands
departing Cambria via Hwy 46
moochdocking at mom and dad's
Hendy Woods State Park
Navarro River crossing
heading south on Hwy 1 toward Bodega Bay
Oregon smoky skies during 2017 fires
Clatsop National Forest drive, OR
Three Capes Drive in Oregon
Whitney Portal Road
Lone Pine Campground
 Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
Lake Sabrina Campground
Rock Creek Road
Toiga Pass, Hwy 120, Yosemite National Park
en route to Goodale Creek
Red Rock Canyon Ricardo Campground

heading home to Cambria via Hwy 46
"Cause as long as you're the driver, 
I'm your hitchhiker, yeah, I'm your hitchhiker, yeah, yeah. 
Don't ever know where we're going, 
you make me live in the moment, oh, keep driving us baby."
Demi Lovato


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