A quick dip in Joshua Tree

When your friend asks you to help out at her booth at Bhakti Fest you say yes. So I get up early. But I always get up early. I eat breakfast and load the car. My mind wanders and I pace while I wait for our meeting time at 10am. When we meet, we exchange hellos and information on what …

Rainier

I left Portland on Tuesday and headed further north. Along interstate 5 I see a sign for Mt. Rainier National Park and think, “That sounds awesome.” So I ditch the original plan to go to the Olympic National Park and take the exit for Rainier. Of course a mountain is always far away, so I drive and drive and finally …

The Redwoods

Losing my mind was part of the plan. You have to find and understand the dark parts in order to feel whole. One habit I am understanding better is my need to always be doing something. My craving for activity, accomplishment and doing. Doing, doing, doing. Going, going, going. I think this stems from not being satisfied with my present moment. Specifically …

Finding Happiness

Cheryl Strayed had it right when she planned her summer long trek on the PCT. The solitude in a place with no distractions forces you to face all parts of yourself. I came on this trip to reset, explore, travel, and transform if only just a little bit. What do I want to change? My views on life. I want …

Month in the Wilderness

Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you. Anthony Bourdain   Next week I will embark on a journey of healing. Not everything will come to closure, but I will try to work on anything that comes up …

Hawaii

The Yu Family minus little brother Weikei visited Hawaii for the first time. I have to say it was everything everyone said it would be: beautiful, relaxing, and sunny. My favorite thing was the wildlife and the greenery. Other than being hard to get to, it was a good trip. We got to Oahu on Saturday and managed to visit …

Errybody be pimpin’ cribs

Srrsly. All my friends in Texas bought a home or are in the process of buying homes. This is the next level in life. Haha. Also for the majority of them, it means putting down roots and not moving for a while. Or starting a family, which is happening for some people already. I took an extended trip to H-town this year …

Ramble Post – Burning Man

It’s time to ramble. The playa was an experience of good and bad that I will never forget. Wrapped up in all the art and frustration and tears there were also crazy dust storms and cold nights. There were also delicious meals shared by everyone at camp. It’s a wonder no one got sick. The dome was a beautiful sight …

The Temple of Promise

One of the unique events at Burning Man is the burning of the Temple on the last day. Every year a temple is errected and meant to be a place where burners can leave photos, notes, words, trinkets…anything they want to be burned on the last day. Walking through the temple can be quite solem and heartfelt. Many people leave …

The Burn

I went to Burning Man.  I went to Burning Man in hopes of finding an amazing and transformative experience. It was started maybe 30 some odd years ago as a popup community with no money, built on principles of non-judgment, inclusion, and gifting. Today it has evolved to be a major, organized event – allowing 70,000 people to come with …