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off road in a jeep

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There is always the first time for something. Today was my first time to experience, off roading in a jeep.  This is the jeep that I was travelling in, and at this stage of the ride, it was not longer pristine clean.  Off roading is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, the opportunity simply had never presented itself before. Darling sweet Brig, (owner of the jeep) asked if we would go along for the opening of the season ride.  What a beautiful day it was.

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The whole experience of meeting up with folks who were set and ready to get out and ride, was awesome.  Everyone gathered in an agreed to rendez vos, for a set time, and from there we left heading out of the city to the next pick up point.  The convoy had to be about 40 vehicles long.  You can see the weather cooperated, it was a gorgeous day.

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There is something to be said about fresh air, and the strong desire  to conquer a challenge.  Everyone worked together, and everyone, cheered and supported the drivers who took the harder challenges.  The obstacles were there, if you wanted to try them, there were spotters and experienced drivers to  coach you through, if you preferred the less arduous route, that was OK too.

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There was no easy road, it was all an assortment of  ” fun”  “bush terrain, with rocks, boulders, mud, and lets not forget the mud ponds with their hidden “treasures” .  It was just a matter of deciding if you wanted the rock and roll, the muddy waters, or the roller coaster rock and mud slide.

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Our hostess was magnificent, she went up a 45 degree. incline of rock face like it was a piece of cake, honestly I was so proud of her .. she did it on her first try. We saw others having to make several stabs at it.  There were moments where I found myself holding my breath, the action was so intense.

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Here is a jeep preparing to crawl up one of the rocks.  I got to scamper over the rocks up the trails, around the mud, over fallen tree stumps, and of course the personal challenge of finding “private” space  (when needed)  At least we were out on a day, without the horse flies, mosquitoes, and ticks.  We had a GRAND day.

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I stepped outside my comfort zone, I explored the backwoods of a countryside I had not been in before. Met some very nice people, took part in a convoy, (that was very well run.)  the leader, the spotters, everyone, were so totally focused on enjoying the moment, it was a positive, energizing day.

Who knew… a road is what you want it to be.

Today we saw first hand

When you want to be somewhere

or get to a destination

no matter the challenges

when you listen with an open mind

to the encouragement of friends

and believe in your ability to do something

the rewards are satisfying

Pl Precept # 1    Life is Art

 

Come sta? How are YOU today.. giovedi?

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How often are you asked how you are, and find that before you can even formulate an answer, the person talking with you has moved on and is chatting away about this or that in their lives.  Is it something you are sometimes guilty of yourself?  Why do you think this happens?  When I was still actively working in Health Care, I would often ask the client, “what do you think causes this/these  “symptom(s)?”  Almost 90% of the time, the answer related to a stress of some kind, and more often then not, there were more then one stress factors in that person’s life.

Q – “what do you think could be a solution”

answer – “time away, getting away”  were two of the most stated forms of  actions required for relief sought ..

Ah that elusive cabin in the woods, that dream of peace and quiet that would be achieved if only we could get away from the daily grind and get out of the city.  Those of you who live in the country and have seen city types come out to live in the quiet rural communities, only to realize in a short period of time that all the conveniences of city living don’t exist … One friend said..”they want to be in the country, but live like they did in the city”.   The grass is always greener on the other side.  We’ve all heard that saying before.

When we live in the moment, every moment is an opportunity for that ” oh wow feels sooo  good”  time in space.

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Whether it is sinking into a refreshing sudsy bath after a long day of activity, or you are floating along on the Bayou, be present in all you do, that way, when someone says “how are you today”, if they don’t allow you to answer, it won’t matter, you will know they need you to “listen”..   The “Quiet” is missing from their lives at that moment in time.Bayou swamp-Louisiana  Michelle Morris

So…..  how are you today? ………….. where do you want to be …………….. wherever it is, be HAPPY

The Quiet resides in us all

Oyashikiri

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* cabin spotted Turner Lake, Juneau Alaska (Nora Stengrim) Pinterest

** Pinterest -Seafini Amelia, Grand by Design bathroom Suite

***On the Bayou (Louisiana) by Michelle Morris on Fivehundredpx

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