This is a bridge to somewhere.
This is a path to adventure, enlightenment, peace, Spirit
This is Self.
This is a trail that will not be denied.
This is hope and opportunity.
We have been given a gift. A rare, beautiful, timely gift. The gift of healing ocean breezes, sunshine, the call of gulls, endless horizons and unexplored grasslands and wetlands. Turtles and pelicans. Driftwood and seashells. Peace. Calm. Breath of Life.
Our house has been sold. Most of our possessions have been given away, donated, pitched. The good stuff will go in storage. For 6-9 months we will be overseeing repairs at my stepfather's house on a beach in North Carolina. Kure Beach. We plan to return, unless the lure of the ocean won't allow us to. It depends. I feel so free. So untethered. My GeoGypsy pal Gaelyn has come to mind so much through this process. She would be the first to say WAY TA GO!
After this year of trauma, doctors, hospitals, surgeries, doctors, procedures, physical therapy, counseling, exhaustion, fear, anxiety, and driving, driving, driving we are both so excited about leaving this place of pain. This house is a good house, a comfortable house, but it has some hard memories we choose to release. The future is approaching way too fast as we age, and it's time to embrace a new place, new adventures, new smells and sights. Fresh seafood! New habitats to explore and write about, photograph and blog.
I will be sharing my adventures on this blog and another one soon to be announced. Imagine! Ferries and wetlands! The wild winds off the ocean! What will come on shore tomorrow and the next day? I will get to see sunrises and sunsets again in all their glory! Pelicans flying by every day! It's about damn time I get to use exclamation points again. I've earned the right and I'll use them often and freely and without shame!
Thank you all for being my blogging friends all these years. The Giraffe Head Tree remains on her perch overlooking the Tennessee River, but...you know what? I just realized...she faces East, and that's where I'm going.