Detailing a lengthy and exhausting two days of hikes and swamp tromps.
Sunday, September 08, 2019 As one of the first twenty cars to enter into the state park, I took the immediate right towards an empty parking lot that was directly across from the entrance gate. I watched as the vehicles continued to flood in, bicycles adorned. From the parking spot I could see the trailhead with the burnt orange "FT" insignia for the Florida Trail Association's marked paths. They maintain
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February 05, 2019 If you want to learn about yourself, start by exploring the world around you. -Paulo Coelho We like to hit the bum trail in the waning hours of daylight. It’s a total treat to veer off the main roads and be tucked away in our little newfound area of secret seclusion. You can hear the slow creep of traffic from the side roads and then the roaring hum of cars flowing down the highway opposite to that. It begins to
Cataloguing the tracks mandog made while visiting Lake George, Florida. November 16, 2018 First Hike | Morning Mycelium Hunt
As we drove through the shaded oak hammocks towards our lodge, The Runaway Bay, I noticed two opposing trailheads marked by signs stating them to be the Lake George Conservation Area. I filed that piece of information in the back of my mind as we continued on towards our lake-side hideout. A man was seen blowing leaves off the deck and then, without not
A trek about on some wild and newfound trails. October 18, 2018 Coco and I went on a nice evening trail run. After discovering a secret, wooded game trail we decided it would be a fantastic change from the more exposed public trails. We’ve got it all to ourselves and can go racing along its paths full speed. We do have to be careful, as I’ve seen traces of human activity littered about in the woods. Some of it looks to be recent, but mostly its old, discarded rubbish. I think
Unsettled feelings came over me as I looked into my finances. February 01, 2018 Would I rather have $250 in the bank or would I rather have all of those healthy nutrients inside my body. The choice is simple. Everybody just Breathe.. I'm feeling depressed and happy at the same time? It's quite odd.. My contentment with life always goes bounding upward when I stop to give thanks. It's incredible the amount of surpluses I have.
However, not having a handle on my finances can b
When facing new challenges, one can sometimes encounter a wall. This wall is not to be skirted or else we become 'walled' in by all the different challenges awaiting us. January 27, 2018 Encouraged by a slogan on a yoga mat, I decided to "Keep Going" with the transformational breath and float therapy. I was invited to a third Breath class Friday evening and I was excited to get the call. "Of course," I said. The past breath class was somewhat troubling due to an intense cramp
Returning to a once-visited Natural Area, a second poochie travels alongside. January 10, 2018 It was totally wild with black birds cackling and fluttering from tree to tree. Waking up from a nappy afternoon, Coco and I burst out the door to catch the remnants of a sunny, warm day. Heading into Cypress Creek natural area off of Indiantown road, we pulled into the lot to park. I quick scanned the signs to get a feel for how adamant the no pet policies were. I figured on the eq
Attempting to unpack the second transformational breath class. December 15, 2017 When I attempt to unfold the events of my wild and exciting explorations into realms of spirituality, human psyche and body connectivity, a certain level of misfortune gets inadvertently added to the discussion. I say this because what happens for me is entirely dependent upon my own unique experiences and cannot wholly account for what something like, Transformational Breath, will be for anyone
Connecting once again with the higher self, moments of spiritual bliss come to me. December 06, 2017 Tonight, while resting with Coco amidst the flittering bats, chirping insects and usual array of opossums, raccoons and other night stalkers, I was able to connect once again to my higher self. Flash Back.. Recently, during the first attempt at Transformational Breath, I had come to witness this embodiment. After major emotional releases, I could sense this self radiating with
An unfortunate event at the docks turn segue into a transformative night. December 01, 2017 Awaking eager and feeling refreshed, I was coursing through this dive morning exceptionally well. I had a good attitude, I was alert, awake and excited about the coming weekend with plenty of work, fun and memories to be had. Upon a single tank cart being loaded, I went to fetch another. As I spun it around, I slipped off the edge of the curb and took a fall. I caught myself with my le
Describing a rather sensory-filled, romantic experience in the sensory-reduction tank. November 27, 2017 Pulsating murmurs enveloped me as a dim, blueish light carried me off into its resonance. Moments into the tank, I was immediately met with sensations of joy and Love. I had asked some questions to myself prior and the answers were, because I Love this person. I saw them step naked into the pool, slide down into the fluids to lay against my body and we became intertwined.
The experienced learned from my first sensory-reduction salt water float prepared me for yet another venture into a new form of meditation. November 23, 2017 Prior to the float I spent forty minutes at the house going through various stretches to get my muscles into a loosened and relaxed state. I had some neck and shoulder pain initially in the first float and wanted to make sure I addressed those key areas. I sort of wondered if I would become connected to a particular tank
Stopping short in Fortuna, a chance to get to Arenal a day ahead was missed, but it would not stop me from getting to my destination. November 17, 2015 He used the upstairs part of the hostel as a hangout for him and his friends to smoke pot and watch movies. A Night in Fortuna.. From San José, I bussed it two and a half hours to Fortuna. its the hub for action, city-wise in the Vulcán Arenal region. I intended to go on to El Castillo, but weather and time did not permit it t