So, Costa Rica fell through. Basically, the other 3 artists that were supposed to be there at the same time as me, had to reschedule, and I didn't want to be there by myself. Part of the fun was collaborating! Good news is I got a total refund on my plane tx.
So, I regrouped and decided to head north to Ashland, OR instead, and create my own Artist Retreat!
The NEW PLAN
The new plan is to drive up to Ashland this week, camp out for a few nights at Jackson Welsprings, then stay at the Ashland Hostel for a couple of weeks, and then camp at Emmigrant Lake for a weekend.
I was supposed to leave today! But, I inured my eye the other night as I was testing out my new tent in the living room, and when I was taking it down, the pole snapped up and hit me in the eye! Wow did that hurt and it was so scary! Bruce took me to the ER and they said it was ok but I should see a specialist if symptoms didn't subside.
I spent yesterday in bed with eyes closed, and have an appointment today to see the eye doc. It feels ok but I can tell something's not right. Hoping they tell me it will just take some time, and I'll be on the road tomorrow!
Since I decided to drive up to OR and camp for a few nights, I've had to bring a lot more stuff. Food, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cooking supplies...yes, I could get by on much less as if I were backpacking, but since I'll have the car I'm not gunna sweat it. I'm also bringing my bike...another thing to prepare. So, I've been making hard boiled eggs, soup, and smoothies, and banana bread...and freezing everything to make it easier when I"m there. I'm also not sure about the weather, it looks like warm days and cool nights...so, I'll bring layers. Need swim wear for the hot springs...and pool if there is one.
WHY am I doing this?
As I mentioned in my last post, I want time to focus on starting my podcast. Too many distractions at home. And, I also need time to just follow my nose without having to consult someone else about things, like where/when should we stop and eat? What do you want to do today? i need to follow my own inner compass for a bit, remember what it was like to depend on myself, make my own decisions...get my center back. Being a mom and a wife has been great...and now that the kids are out of the house, I need to remember who I was before all that. Having a family has brought me more joy then i could have imagined...but, now it's time for ME. bruce has been so supportive in all of this...and although he might not like the idea, maybe it will be good for him too.
My plan is to write about my travels...the people I meet, the things I do (or don't do) and it will be fun to document the process of following my own heart.
More to come! -Lori