Day Two!

Have plans for an actual platform for the girls, but for now... excess boxes will do.

Day two of the journey: I had every intention of doing a post last night, but after an intense day of fighting the winds (This big girl LOVES to rock and roll, and it’s my job to make sure she doesn’t get out of control and fall down!), a long walk with the dogs, a bite to eat and a glass of wine, numerous correspondences, and the continued progression of sorting through what boxes I was able to bring along… I crashed!

Amarillo sunrise. Wow!

After saying good bye to my dear friend Brandi we (me and my roadies, Jazzy and Sadie… pros at this already!) set out on our journey. What a feeling… to leave the old life behind. I do have to admit that I still feel a bit burdened by the list of things I still have to attend to (orders, banking, getting email on my Mac, and numerous other things I still haven’t remembered not to forget) but I’ve got all the time in the world to get them done. This journey is all about letting go… of stress, of things, of the burdens that keep us trapped, unable to truly enjoy this amazing gift of life. For the longest time I’ve been shaking my head… zooming through my days… and thinking “This is just WRONG! Life is a GIFT and we are all wasting it, scurrying around like little rats in a maze!” I refuse to believe that we are meant to live our lives in such a way. I’m sure I’ll get back to this subject very soon, but I’m going to detach for a bit. I’m heading north to see my dear friends Bob and Kathy in Westcliff, CO, but I found out yesterday that the second largest canyon in the country is just a bit south of me. So… adding a side trip to my journey! I’ll call Bob and Kathy in a bit. I’m sure they’ll understand my delay! 🙂 Off to Palo Duro Canyon! http://www.palodurocanyon.com/

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  • I’m glad to see that you are keeping us up to date. I hope that the trail today was a good one for you.

    As you know I long ago figured out how to disconnect and enjoy the journey, albeit not permanently, so I have a suggestion or two for you.

    (1) Are you wearing a watch? Ditch it. I know chicks have to have their jewelry so get a nice bracelet for yourself or one of those pretty colored rope things. As long as it doesn’t keep time it’s all good. You will definitely incur one plus when you do this- your wrist won’t have a white ring around it :o) There are enough reminders of what time it is in our world to prevent me from writing that time won’t matter, however, you won’t have half of a handcuff on your wrist to tie you to some “must meet time” on some ill conceived schedule. In case you’re wondering- yes, I follow my own advice.

    (2) It’s about the journey not the destination.

    (3) Think about picking up a National Parks Pass. You don’t have to visit a National Park very many times in a year to recoup the cost of the pass.
    (4) Though you are somewhat hampered by carrying your hacienda around with you, when you find yourself wondering what’s down that road, exercise good judgement, choose wisely, and by all means, go, find out what’s there. More often than not you will be pleasantly surprised. Robert Frost says it pretty well:

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Good travels Fran. Stay in touch :o)

    Michael

    • fran

      Thanks Michael. It was a long day on the road, as you will see by my next post, but such a beautiful drive. In response… 1) I haven’t worn a watch in years but only because I have a cell phone that displays the time. I get it though, and in fact just made the decision to stay in Westcliff an extra day and slow down the journey a bit. 2) I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. 3) Will do. 4) The side roads will be much easier when I have a little tow vehicle. LOVE Frost. Thanks for sharing. Let’s chat in a few days when I have cell coverage!

      • I’m looking forward to talking to you Fran. If you ever decide to go to Big Bend and want a tour guide let me know. I’ll bring my pickup and I’ll take you to see some places that most casual tourists never get to see. I hope that you are relaxing and enjoying your stay.

        • fran

          You’re on! Heading out today, and will likely have cell coverage along the way. I could use help with some Mac stuff. Uggghhhh… Can’t upload images. Don’t know if it’s me the mac rookie or the limited internet here in Westclliff.