I Found What I'm Looking For

I Found What I'm Looking For

It's no wonder we finally moved into an RV and became nomads.  It's no wonder when we travel we leave for months on end.  I just want to explore.  And for a while there I didn't quite understand what I was searching for.  

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I Tried Skiing for the First Time

I Tried Skiing for the First Time

Turns out skiing is hard!  I now realize that my impression of skiing all these years is that it's far easier than snowboarding and that I would have no problem learning.  Boy was I wrong.

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We moved to Mammoth Mountain for the winter!

We moved to Mammoth Mountain for the winter!

In a dramatic turn of events in our crazy little lives, Nick and I up and moved to Mammoth Mountain for the winter.  We can't help but feel a little insane, extremely blessed, and totally unprepared for this new adventure.

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Learning to Monoski in Mammoth - Jan 2017

The irony is thick going to Mammoth to snowboard as soon as we get back into California after being in our RV for 6 months.

Six months ago when we gave everything away, rented our house, and moved into an RV, I got rid of my snowboard, boots, and snow jacket. Gone. Given away. What the hell would I need snow gear in the RV for? Well, I regret that decision now, after spending $100 on snowboard rental over the weekend.

Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierras experienced record snow dump this month which made a trip up there sound like heaven. 

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We immediately called the Disabled Sports of Eastern Sierra to see about getting Nick on the slopes using a monoski. We had no idea if he could even manage walking in snow, let alone if he would enjoy sitting in a bucket riding down the slopes.

Well, he loved it!  And I loved getting back on the snowboard after 6 years. 

Nick took four 2 1/2 hour lessons on the monoski. It's a steep learning curve. The first day brought frustration as he struggled to stay upright, and only ended up getting on the chair lift to the bunny slope once at the very end of the day.

But day two was different. He got it! He got it fast. The first 2 1/2 hours (his 3rd lesson) he got faster and faster on the bunny slope. The second 2 1/2 hours he went on a variety of intermediate lifts and was shredding hard. I tried, but I just couldn't keep up!

The best part of the 4th lesson was having our friends and brother join in. It really felt like we were all riding together, Nick in the lead.

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Post snowboarding yoga sesh. 

Post snowboarding yoga sesh. 

The six of us stayed at a gorgeous condo in Mammoth where Nick and I shared the loft upstairs.

We did tons of yoga to loosen up from snowboarding all day, laughed until we cried while playing Cards Against Humanity and Midnight Taboo, sat by the fire and just enjoyed one anothers company.

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This seemingly innocent little snow trip has been life changing for us.

Since we've been home for a few days now we have decided to move up there for the rest of the winter.

More on that to come!

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New Years Eve in Texas

The last day of 2016 took us to two new places: Houston and Austin, Texas. Technically we pulled into Houston late the night before and slept in a Lowe's parking lot, but we woke up in Houston and that's what counts.  

When we left New Orleans early due to a guaranteed rainy New Years Eve, we drove 6 or so hours to get to the east side of Houston, where it rained all morning on us anyway. 

We only had one thing on our agenda in Houston: go to Crossfit Uncontested for a workout. This particular gym is co-owned by an incredibly inspiring double amputee athlete whom I follow on Instagram. I really wanted for us to meet Zack Ruhl since we were rolling through Houston. 

But of course, as luck would have it, he wasn't there and we never got to meet him, but we did get to meet the other co-owner Warren Randle and do a workout with him. He was such an incredible host to us. We were the only ones there except when his buddy Mo came by. 

That's Warren on the right, and I'm next to Mo who builds bad ass custom bicycles in Houston. 

That's Warren on the right, and I'm next to Mo who builds bad ass custom bicycles in Houston. 

After the workout I knew we had to eat BBQ in Houston so I asked the guys where they would go if they only had time for one epic meal in Houston. 

Best BBQ in Houston

Next thing you know we are loading up in Warrens Jeep in the pouring rain and he is driving us into the city for lunch.

You can just tell this is going to be good! 

You can just tell this is going to be good! 

I'm pretty sure Warren ended up driving us to Triple J's himself because, well, it's in the hood. This was some legit, downhome barbecue made by a bunch of southern brothers. They were busy too!

I think we all had the tender pork ribs (best ever!), savory green beans, and  BBQ beans. Warren made sure we got their 2-layer sweet cream cake that reminded me of carrot cake and was definitely not keto. 

Let's go to Austin, baby!

Warren made our morning in Houston perfect and we left for Austin feeling good and ready to see our friends for a New Years Eve party.

Claire is always the life of the party! 

Claire is always the life of the party! 

Our old friends Claire and Danilo bought a house in Austin about a year ago and were hosting their first NYE party with neighbors, coworkers, and two sets of California friends (that includes us, even though they didn't know they were having us over until the last minute).

Even MIA had a party hat.  

Even MIA had a party hat.  

A quaint group of about 30 people who became new friends, tons of unique food, clear skies, a forest bonfire in their backyard, sparklers, a proper countdown to midnight, and Fireball shots (none for me thank you) and I'd say we had an incredible New Years Eve!  

Happy New Year 2017! 

Happy New Year 2017! 

It felt so good to spend New Years Eve with people we love. Originally we wanted to do it in New Orleans just to experience something different. We never do stuff like that. But since it didn't work out, I'm so grateful we were able to connect and spend time with Claire and Danilo whom we haven't seen in years. 

Start the year with yoga!

The first day of each new year is significant to me, even if only symbolically. But energetically I find that it's important to set the momentum off in a positive way.

So Nick and I began 2017 with a 2-hour yoga practice at Eastside Yoga here in Austin completing 108 Sun Salutations with their community.  

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It rotated through five teachers, in a packed, well-lit room. We were sweating and moving in unison, breathing in unison, and all sharing a space that held the spirit of our individual commitments to loving ourselves fully in the new year.  

For me, it got really challenging in the last 6 of the 108 salutations. Mentally I was ready to be done, and I could tell already that my shoulders would be sore the next day. But up until the end there, I was focused and feeling good! I'm so proud of Nick for joining me and being a strong neighbor who never gave up or even took a break. 

A small sample of funky Austin artwork on a pillar outside the yoga studio. 

A small sample of funky Austin artwork on a pillar outside the yoga studio. 

Happy New Year all! To repeat what one of the teachers said several times during the 108 salutations, "No one is more deserving of your love and affection than you are." 

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48 hours in New Orleans

I've always dreamt of visiting New Orleans. In my 20's I envisioned being a part of Mardi Gras celebrations and partying with people from around the globe. Seeing New Orleans in my 30's, sober, and as one of many roadtrip stops, I'd say it was a completely different experience than expected.

We decided to try as many unique New Orleans dishes as possible and basically ate our way through the city.  

We stayed at Pelican RV Park in what appeared to be a rough area of town, next to train tracks and below a couple of overpasses. But the manager was quite possibly the nicest guy in the whole city.

We wasted no time hitting the town on our first night and went to Frenchman Street to see some live jazz at Maison. This was my favorite part of our trip to Nola. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers were so smooth, there were live tap dancers, and the vibe was warm and welcoming. 

The next day, our only full day in the city, we spent on foot exploring the French Quarter like any good tourist would do.  We ate Beignets and Po'Boys. We visited the VooDoo museum and the VooDoo Authentica shop.

Oddities at the VooDoo museum. 

Oddities at the VooDoo museum. 

I can't help but say that the tourist appeal to VooDoo in New Orleans is weird and overhyped. The museum was small, overcrowded, and unorganized. But because VooDoo is a critical part of New Orleans history and the fact that the museum is cheap ($5) and somewhat educational I still say it's a must-do for tourists. We both agree that the shop wasn't worth making any special arrangements to visit though.

VooDoo museum on Dumaine St in French Quarter of New Orleans.

VooDoo museum on Dumaine St in French Quarter of New Orleans.

Nick and I (and MIA dog) did some serious walking around. We toured through Jefferson Square and saw the towering statue of Andrew Jackson, our 7th president. He is memorialized here for being the Major General in the last big battle of the war of 1812 that fended off the British from seizing New Orleans and the land gained in the Louisiana Purchase just a decade prior. I guess this historical monument held a little more weight with us after having recently visited his hermitage in Tennessee.

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At least 4 times during the day, as well as once the previous night, we passed by an entire brass band playing loudly for a crowd on the street. Like little pop-up jazz concerts, these guys would be rocking out and drawing huge crowds! And sometimes the music also brought out the local crackheads for the ultimate experience in people watching. 

This dude was flip flopping all over the place while the band played. 

This dude was flip flopping all over the place while the band played. 

Have I ever mentioned that people watching is our third favorite hobby? Well, New Orleans is right up there with Venice Beach, California.

And then we walked down Bourbon Street.  

Hello Southern Vegas. How's it goin Vegas on the Bayou. What's up Alcohol Slushy Shit Show.   

I'm glad we were there in the daytime on a random weekday, because I can only imagine the senseless debauchery that goes down there on big party weekends like New Years Eve. Every other business was a bar playing louder and louder music. There were alcohol slushy shops selling yards of guaranteed hang-overs every block. Bouncers were hustling the passerby's to get more business. Beads were falling from the balconies, and it's still 3 months until Mardi Gras.

After a quick siesta at the trailer we returned to Bourbon Street that evening to get fresh crawfish at Sinner and Saints, Channing Tatums restaurant. Sadly we got there too late and I didn't even get to see Magic Mike in person. Lame.

In our search for an alternate restaurant we passed by the row of Bourbon Street strip clubs only to find people grinding in the street in an X-rated fashion. It wasn't quite 8:30pm yet.  

The next morning, December 30th, turned out to be our last morning in Nola. We wanted to stay for Dick Clarks New Years Rockin' Eve and see Panic at the Disco play in Jefferson Square but the weather forecast was calling for 100% chance of rain over New Years Eve. Neither of us wanted to be there for the festivities bad enough to risk being miserably cold and wet. 

So we headed to the cutest neighborhood ever, the Garden District, for the greatest donut of my life . I'm not exaggerating.

Banana cream awesomeness at District Donuts Sliders and Brew

Banana cream awesomeness at District Donuts Sliders and Brew

We heard that no trip to New Orleans would be complete without visiting a cemetery. They are all built upward due to the fact the city is built on a swamp and coffins would flood causing them to surface during heavy rains. The ones near French Quarter threatened to be particularly crowded because of the famous dead people housed there, so we opted for Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District. 

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Grey, stormy skies added to the creepiness of trying to find the oldest dead person on our stroll through the city of the dead. Several were buried here in the early 1850's. And many graves were completely trashed. 

The engraving stone caved in and fell. It appears this tomb holds a number of children.

The engraving stone caved in and fell. It appears this tomb holds a number of children.

Sad that we didn't get to try crawfish before leaving N'awlins to head west toward California, we took a recommendation to stop for dinner in Lafayette at Crawfish Town USA. 

Being a tourist!  

Being a tourist!  

Not only did I try crawfish etouffee, I learned how to pronounce it!

Someone once told me that crawfish is the poor mans lobster. I get it now! 

Someone once told me that crawfish is the poor mans lobster. I get it now! 

I realize we missed a lot on our quick visit to New Orleans, but am leaving feeling complete. We had an amazing time exploring and getting a glimmer of what this city has to offer. But it's time to move on.

California or bust! But first: TEXAS!

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Leaving Florida for the winter

So I guess we're not real snowbirds after all. It sure looked that way at first though, arriving in Florida on Halloween, planning to stay through the end of April. And here we are, two days after Christmas, and we are on our way back out west. 

Coming to Florida was dreamy as an idea, and a lot less appealing in reality. Our two months here were spent bouncing around five dropzones and yet never quite finding what we were looking for. Whatever that is. Other than Nick getting his riggers ticket (YAY!) and us getting to meet up with friends, I'd say we've had a fairly unproductive time here. But that won't be the case next time we go to Florida to soak up the beautiful winter weather because we learned a lot while making our rounds.

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The decision to drive 2700 miles back to the place we just left six months ago was a tough one to make. We have gone back and forth on it for a couple of weeks now until finally making the decision yesterday that we would leave today. 

So here we are in Pensacola, Florida at the end of an eight-hour day on the road together.

Our driving time is usually spent listening to podcasts and so I'd like to share what we listened to today. We love true crime podcasts about unsolved murders or other crimes.

Today we started a new one titled Someone Knows Something. Thankfully it has tons of episodes so we could binge listen. This one is well made, with my only complaint being sound levels in the recordings, but the story is interesting. 43 years ago a 5 year old Canadian boy disappeared into the woods while out fishing with his family. There's been no trace of him since. We are only half way through the season and looking forward to more tomorrow.

Nick doing Thrusters using a box.  

Nick doing Thrusters using a box.  

When we arrived in Pensacola we drove straight to Mako Crossfit for a workout. It was Nicks first time doing Fran, and my 6th. It never gets easier doing pull-ups and thrusters like that. Mako Crossfit was a super cool gym that I'm excited to drop into tomorrow morning before we hit the road to New Orleans.

Everyone cheering Nick on as he finished his last 9 pull-ups of Fran.  

Everyone cheering Nick on as he finished his last 9 pull-ups of Fran.  

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A Florida Christmas 2016

A hot and sunny Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Yes, please!  

We spent our holiday with Bart and Kimmy Rogowski at their home near Skydive DeLand. Kim's family drove out from California creating such a fun and very unique environment for us to be in. 

We weren't there for the gift opening madness, but the prep was just as fun!  

We weren't there for the gift opening madness, but the prep was just as fun!  

Doing the whole "Santa thing" with four little believers on Christmas Eve was super cool. Milk, cookies, wishlists, stockings, wrapping toys... it was a lot of fun to see and experience. I'm trying to remember the last time, if ever, that I've actually been a part of Christmas spirit like that. 

So glad they had a gingerbread house competition. Those candies were delicious!  

So glad they had a gingerbread house competition. Those candies were delicious!  

Don't get any crazy ideas though, Nick and I won't be having any little shits of our own, but I can honestly appreciate the magic of it all after seeing it up close. 

I'm a Scrooge, obviously. I have been for a long time. Years of confusing feelings about my own complicated family structure coupled with feeling alone since my Mom died 9 years ago, well, fuck the holidays. All of them, not just Christmas.

But, but, but! But this blog is about how cool our Florida Christmas was. 

Nick and I didn't exchange gifts of course, but we spent the day time of Christmas Eve installing a new slide awning on our trailer to prevent future leaks. Merry Christmas to us!

Exploring Blue Springs in central Florida on Christmas Day. 

Exploring Blue Springs in central Florida on Christmas Day. 

Christmas Day we took a quick drive over to Blue Springs State Park and saw some manatees swimming along doing barrel rolls. What beautiful, gentle creatures! Now my time in Florida is complete! That's really all I wanted for Christmas. We called my Dad and Nicks mom to give them love, so that made our day really special too. 

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Christmas night was the most fun because we got some serious quality time in with Bart and Kim. I've been buddies with Bart longer than I've been with Nick, he's like my brother. These two are family. And so is their family. 

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We had such a wonderful time connecting with Kimmy's folks, our other parents, Al and Debbie, Kim's sisters, and the kids. Kristy made some incredible pies, pumpkin and turkey pot. So good! 

Between all the love, and ending our time with them laughing to the movie White Chicks, we had a fun and memorable Christmas in Florida.  

Thank you all for including us nomadic, holiday orphans. We love you guys. 

Love this little fam. Photo from Al's Captains Log

Love this little fam. Photo from Al's Captains Log

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Wrap Up- Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice event 2016

Wrap Up- Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice event 2016

Nick and I had extreme swings in emotions during the event. Almost entire paradigm shifts. I'm going to be honest here: we spent the first few days in delight and the last few days completely disenchanted.

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Day 3 - Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice 2016 - First Tantric day

We survived the first of three days of White Tantric Yoga here at Winter Solstice.

Immediately after 9 1/2 hours devoted to White Tantric yoga. Do my eyes give away the fact that I'm stoked to be done for the day?

Immediately after 9 1/2 hours devoted to White Tantric yoga. Do my eyes give away the fact that I'm stoked to be done for the day?

I realize that as I journal publicly about this event that the majority of you guys won't have a clue what I'm talking about.

What the hell is White Tantric yoga? First, it's definitely NOT the tantra you're probably thinking of (thanks Sting) and second, it's going to be difficult for me not to sensationalize it so I'm just going to be honest about my experience.

I'll be the first one here at Winter Solstice to admit that Kundalini Yoga is a bit "out there." And White Tantric is an extended, highly concentrated, and mentally challenging event that Kundalini yogis do to bypass the conscious mind and get right in there and clear out all the mental junk we carry around.

Nick and I were partners, which made this experience so special. I got to stare into his dreamy dark brown eyes for hours on end today while chanting various mantras, in a tent full of hundreds of other pairs doing the exact same thing.  

We did four 62 minute yoga sets, and two 31 minute sets. So, for each set we were given instructions on what to chant and what mudra (hand position) to use, and then sat cross-legged and did it non-stop for the entire 62 minutes while staring deeply into each other's eyes trying not to laugh (or cry).  

White Tantric Yoga is a very powerful practice.

The energy in the tent is nearly palpable. Staying focused and holding still while sitting cross-legged with your damn arms locked in any number of odd positions, while chanting loudly is one massive exercise in "mind over matter." Your body becomes really uncomfortable really quickly, but you have no choice but to keep up. Keep holding the posture, keep staring into those eyes, keep going.

And so that's just what we did all day. Some of the yoga sets were more challenging than others for us. We had waves of emotion rock through us and between us, especially during the second set. That's when I felt my love for Nick boil up inside me and fill me with the pain of regret for the times when I've hurt him. Clearly that's something I'm still working through and White Tantric is excellent for showing you those hidden blockages.

We had moments of immense discomfort, moments of annoyance at the behaviors of those around us, moments of wanting to stop, moments of WHAT THE FUCK! We had moments of clarity, and sincerity, and deep connection without words. Moments of unconditional love and feeling safe despite our vulnerability.

As we sat there intertwined in the chaos, I noticed the inescapable vulnerability that we had no choice but to experience. It opened up our hearts so wide and allowed love and contentment to come pouring in.  

We have two more full days of this. I'm exhausted already.  

Sun setting just past the Tantric tent. 

Sun setting just past the Tantric tent. 

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Day 2 - Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice 2016

Our second day at yoga camp was incredibly fulfilling for both of us despite being bad yogis and deliberately skipping the Sadhana meditation at 3:45am. The extra sleep undoubtedly helped us make the most of the rest of our day and we didn't feel guilty at all.

We got straight to work in the morning on our service crew making lunch. Nick knew how badly I didn't want to stand over the hot stove stirring melted ghee so he took my job.

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I got to get my hands dirty mixing tabouli in 5-gallon buckets. Now that was fun! And meditative. And not nearly as exhausting.

So much fun! 

So much fun! 

Nicks a champ! 

Nicks a champ! 

After lunch I left Nick while he was napping outside of our trailer to head out to the lake. At first I couldn't bring myself to get all the way into the cold water. The sun was tucked behind one of the billowing clouds so I grabbed a kayak and decided to go explore instead. I floated along the hundreds of lilly pads around the perimeter sprinkled with beautiful blooming white lotus flowers. I worked my body temp up to the point that the frigid water was actually refreshing when I got in. I haven't swam in ages so I took my time to savor the way the cold water tingled on my skin. What a gift!

Then we went to one of my favorite yoga classes I've been to in a very long time.  Jai Dev Singh taught with the musical accompaniment of his wife Simrit Kaur. Oh my Guru!

"Getting Intimate with the Infinite" was such a powerful class, I just totally fell in love with them. Her angelic voice, his grounded and masterful presence, hundreds of people breathing and moving. So many challenging yoga sets, trying to keep up, being reminded that this is all just a mind exercise. 

And then the rain came. It rained, hard, during a 22-minute chant of Wahe Guru. I had to get up off my pillow, step outside of the tent and turn my face to the rain. Still holding my hands over my heart, still chanting in the doorway, feeling the earth below my feet, and the rain soak through my clothes. It was magical. It's only day two, and I'm already experiencing magic. 

3 days of White Tantric begin tomorrow. I'm nervous. It's going to be intense. But I'm really looking forward to feeling what comes to the surface as we work through the exercises. 

Pausing to gaze at the orange and pink sunset at Winter Solstice.

Pausing to gaze at the orange and pink sunset at Winter Solstice.

At the end of the night Nick and I enjoyed 90 minutes of kirtan while sipping yogi tea. I'm in my element and trying to soak up every moment. 

Tonight's kirtan band

Tonight's kirtan band

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Day 1-Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice

I'm at a point in my life right now where I just don't see 3am anymore. It's way too late for me to stay awake, and it's way too early to rise. But, today at Winter Solstice, I saw 3am. On purpose. And surprisigly, it wasn't difficult to get up and get going either.  

Nick joined me at that sacred ambrosial hour for morning Sadhana meditation with a few hundred others. He may or may not have fallen asleep during the second hour of chanting. I don't care, at least he has an open mind and open heart to experience everything new in life. 

When we finished at 6am we immediately took a nap in our trailer officially making it the earliest nap I've ever taken.  

After our breakfast soup we met with our service team and began to make lunch right away. We joined a service team and received a hefty discount on admission. We thought it would be an awesome way to meet people and diversify our experience through service. 

I spent a few hours rinsing buckets of sprouts, peeling ginger, and melting ghee. Nick got his hands dirty mixing up enough tabouli in 5-gallon buckets to feed 700 people.  

Kitchen crew chopping veggies! 

Kitchen crew chopping veggies! 

I was really looking forward to our afternoon workshop with one of my all time favorite musicians Snatam Kaur. She's a devotional singer with an angelic voice you've probably heard in yoga class.

My fave Snatam Kaur album

My fave Snatam Kaur album

I've been a fan of her forever but haven't seen her live since 2004. The best part is that Nick is also a huge fan of hers and gives her peaceful music heaps of credit for his emotional healing after his accident. He would spend hours listening to her albums on repeat with headphones in the middle of the night when he couldn't sleep. She kept him calm and grounded, and now 5 years later he's getting to see her play live. Priceless! As an aside, I absolutely love to sit behind Nick at events like this. Sometimes I'll open my eyes a little bit and watch him sway to the music catching glimpses of his side profile as he's chanting away in a deeply meditative space. 

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Our evening class was none other than a lesson on foot massage. I still can't believe Nick wanted to go with me. The teacher was such a sweetheart and suggested I massage Nicks hands when it was his turn after he did my feet. Great idea and very relaxing for him. The class was packed, and the teacher and her husband made us laugh hard explaining how beneficial learning foot massage can be for wives who aren't in the mood so it'll put their husbands right to sleep.

Overall we had a very full first day at Winter Solstice. So many beautiful conversations and meditations. Sat Nam.

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Kundalini Yoga -Winter Solstice Celebration. Camp- arrival day

The theme for this years Winter Solstice is:

Understand through compassion, or you will misunderstand the times.

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How we ended up in Illinois for the Summer of 2016

How we ended up in Illinois for the Summer of 2016

We've had an adventurous 2016, with trips to exotic places like India, Thailand, Alaska, and Las Vegas (maybe that's not "exotic" but still), and yet, ending up spending the summer in Illinois is something I can't quite wrap my brain around yet. And we've been here for 10 days already.

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RV Life Off to a Rough Start

RV Life Off to a Rough Start

Day and Night number one as full-time RVers could've gone a lot worse than it did, if not for Nicks incredible power to calm his panicking wife.

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First Reactions to Minimizing our Lives

First Reactions to Minimizing our Lives

It's a strange sensation, downsizing the years of accumulation inside our 2200 sq/ft home, into a 29ft fifth wheel travel trailer. Strange, and oh so liberating. 

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Getting personal - Life and Travel as an Amputee

Getting personal - Life and Travel as an Amputee

Life as an amputee is hard. Every decision of every day has to consider the limitations that prostheses create. For Nick, who had serious stump issues for the first 4 years, every decision of every day during that time could be put into perspective like this:

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