Photo Diaries...Super Bloom
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"She’s never where she is. She’s only inside her head." - Janet Fitch
Some adventures just stick with you. Sometimes I like to go through my old photos for inspiration and I usually come across a few gems that help to remind me of what inspires me, what makes me feel alive, and the people who make me feel happiest. I recently flicked through my photos from a 2016 trip to Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA.
I’ve always had a tendency to fill notebooks and word documents with musings about my life and I’ve been chronicling my adventures long before creating this digital platform. Therefore, I happened to have a “blog post” from before the blog about my little road trip that I wanted to share with you!!
“A little over a week ago I mentioned my interest in making the pilgrimage to Salvation Mountain in Niland, California. Instead of ignoring my rambling, Charlie + Katie said “let’s go.” Great attitude, great plan. So we went.
Leading up to the adventure Charlie and I discussed outfit choices, went shopping, discussed outfits more, considered the weather, loaded up on sunscreen, and debated over snack selections.
The 3.5 hour car ride was genuinely so much fun. We discussed astrology, zodiac compatibility, Bernie Sanders, Icelandic politics, and music festivals. We ate way too many cookies. We said some really good jokes, and some really bad jokes.
Upon arriving we wandered around the colorful mountain, taking photos and enjoying each other’s company. Straying from the yellow brick road we headed back to the car to continue our trek through Slab City in the never ending desert. Definitely a peculiar spot in California, Slab City is one of the last remaining squatter communities in the desert.
Allowing the road to lead us, we ended up stopping at a desert viewpoint station. Charlie and I spent time climbing through the caves and on top of the boulders that have naturally formed over hundreds of years. We were consumed by a sense of liberation, freedom...the feelings that make me want to leave my belongings behind and experience the world.
We ended our day back at my house with takeout and homemade ice cream sandwiches. My own night ended with a feeling of gratitude for friends like Charlie and an amazing sister like Katie.”
What adventures fuel your soul? Tell me about a time you went exploring in the comments below!!
I’d seen magical photos before of zebras grazing on grass near the ocean but tossed off the notion that they were real. The idea seemed almost preposterous, maybe a little mythical. But with a little research I discovered that this fantastical dream world does exist in San Simeon, California.
I instantly felt the strongest desire to go and see these zebras for myself, I felt such a pull to witness this mystical landscape where both zebra and cow calves live harmoniously adjacent to the Pacific. Within the week of research, I recruited my friend M to join me on a film adventure up North.
Our entire road trip was full of laughter, deep conversations, and so much magic. That day we were explorers on a mission to find something that did not seem quite real.
Hopping from the roadside into the hilly landscape was like stepping into an alternate dimension. I could still spot my car parked off in a dirt patch, but turning forward all I could see were rolling fields of tall grass and wild creatures. The view was unbelievable and M and I felt so overcome by the beauty of the zebras, cattle, mountains, and our magnificent view of the great Pacific sea.
To be so close to wild animals in their home is such a sacred experience. That land is theirs. We share this planet and that is a privilege ((and should be treated as such)). The universe is enormous...it’s depths unfathomable to the human mind. We are so very small. Looking a zebra in the eye...we realized that we are no greater than animals. Our role as human beings is to make sure animals continue to have what they need to thrive.
Remember, we only need the same ((though we are conditioned to want more)): sunlight, air, soil, plants, water, fire.