It rained most of the day yesterday, but stopped just as we began our explorative hike we chose for the day to see the petroglyph wall in Mesa Verde National Park and to get a look at Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling ruins. It was our intro to the amazing ancient energy and history here, which we took to great heights today – more on that in the next day or so, as it’s a lot of potent energy to let sink in.
But our time yesterday got us prepared, as we first took a walk through the museum to see and learn about the peoples and the land of this sacred area and then made our way down to the trailhead where we were able to get a look at the amazing Spruce Tree House – the third largest cliff dwelling.
The ancient peoples of this village lived there 700 years. It has 114 rooms and thought to have housed 100 – 150 people.
This is a well preserved ancient cliff dwelling of the Ancestral Puebloans (also referred to as the Anasazi – a Navajo word that has been translated as “the ancient ones”) who are said to have occupied the Four Corners from approximately A.D. 1 to A.D. 1300 -some say as early as 100 B.C. The earliest inhabitants were nomadic peoples who lived here from at least 10,000 B.C.
You can’t visit this cliff dwelling right now, as there has been falling rock that makes it too dangerous, so it is blocked off, but you can still feel the amazing energy from it and the area, which whispers of this civilization throughout this ancient land and echos through the cliff dwellings and petroglyphs still standing the test of time.
The hike is quite wonderful and skirts around the canyon and up and down stone steps cut into the trail, as well as narrow rock passages.
You see wonderful views.
Pass other ruins and sacred areas.
Get to see the amazing petroglyph wall that speaks of the different clans that passed through.
See indentations from where they sharpened their arrows and axes.
And with the interpretative trail guide, you learn of the vegetation and more in this area.
I have been a bit obsessed with flowers on our hikes and found many lovely little ones along the way.
Also some incredible large cocoon houses filled with caterpillars inside and some still entering, which I have never seen before. They were laced throughout the bushes in this one area….little caterpillar dwellings I imagine will transform into a bunch of beautiful butterflies. Incredible!
There is just such deep, rich symbolism and reflections everywhere!
Interestingly, which I wonder if it was the energy there that affected me, I got a touch of my hypo-glycemia symptoms, which I can get at times, but haven’t in a while. So I was a bit shaky and depleted, unsure how well I’d do on the hike, but yet still managed to do the whole thing.
However, it did put me in an odd state, a bit wobbly at times, and in a different in between vision place.
At one moment we were going through a narrow rock pass and I saw something/someone pass quickly in the opening ahead. There were no other hikers around.
And as we arrived at the petroglyph wall, I stood at the edge of a rock to get a full view and suddenly felt knocked back and started falling back…luckily I had the thought to reach out and grab Dave’s jacket, or I would have fallen. I did not feel faint, so again, was it just the energy here I was experiencing strongly that was affecting me physically?
The trail loops around and back to the museum where you start and not a drop of rain came down while we explored.
On our way back through the park to our home site we saw a Peregrine Falcon fly in front of the car and then were stopped by a wild horse in the middle of the road, drinking the little bits of rain water in the cracks on the pavement she could find.
Her herd was to the right and this was a welcome surprise, but also felt to give me back my strength again in seeing and connecting with them since horse medicine is powerfully intimate and potent for me.
I later googled about the wild horses in the park and learned some disheartening information about them and how they are labeled as “trespass livestock” that have been banned from the park since 1908. Or at least that’s what this article described along with labeling them as feral instead of wild: Mesa Verde Wants Feral Horses, Cattle Out
“The animals are legally considered feral because they’ve eluded domestication and, therefore, do not qualify for protections under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which designates an area for the Spring Creek herd in Disappointment Valley.”
Seems there’s a bit of controversy around the wild horses and you can draw your own conclusions and opinions from the article.
To me, they were wonderful to see and experience, and being that they’ve been there for over a century, they are part of the history and natural landscape. I’m glad there are people pushing to protect them…and apparently that was just to be our introduction, as today we saw the same herd of seven again, three more times.
Tomorrow will also be another day of visiting ancient ruins, as the last two have been, so there’s a lot of energy integration that is taking place and I felt myself doing some sound channeling a bit today.
Grateful for the rain that continues on and off, as it feels to be softening the energy, letting it flow, and also working on the deep watery feeling level, which is the trickiest, but most potent when worked through for shifting things fully.
As we sipped hot tea and listened to the sound of pouring rain this morning (which we’re doing again right now), I peered out from my desk and saw a blanket of fog between us and Arches National Park, just revealing the silhouette of the rocks, but covering the portal arches from sight – a veil between worlds emerged to allow only inner sight to lead us through to a new reality.
The power went out again this morning – the second time in three days – and the raging winds of change have turned to downpours of cleansing sky tears mirroring a time for more unplugging, reviewing, releasing, and readying for new actions.
At times it has felt like things weren’t happening, but a lot has been in very deep ways with old programming getting an upgrade.
One must come to terms with letting go AND letting in, not just in idea and theory, but actualization.
Times of breakthroughs to the other side of the portals of experience rather than needing to make literal breaks are here, as we realize that not only have we changed immensely, but our processes do not resemble the old ones any longer either.
We can bend time and reality, and we can transmute through our flexibility and embrace.
Today has been another more quiet day with less outward doing, but more downtime to let the realizations of change take root.
Our last days in Utah are proving to be integrative, readying us for the journey forward into Colorado.
We’ve been in Utah for six weeks of deep exploration and the winds, rain, and electrical outages seem to be mirroring a complete rewiring and recharge, as we will literally be moving from one energetic realm to another and crossing the state lines into a different reality.
Yesterday was filled with symbolism too on the three mile Corona Arch Trail.
It’s set atop a stunning slickrock setting and you get two arches for the price of one hike, as you get to also see Bowtie Arch, which sits adjacent to it.
There’s an old ladder harnessed to the rocks at one point to help you climb up the pour-off and metal ropes in a couple of areas to help you climb up and not slide off the slickrock.
On topographical maps Corona Arch is often times called Little Rainbow Bridge. You can see why in the photos of it and this name felt more resonant with its energy to me.
It feels so alive and almost like the cliff has extended its leg and taken a step forward, anchoring it on the Earth to create a bridge to the other side.
Both arches were pretty amazing, creating two gateways to enter.
The first more like a cave into the sky with a visible opening sitting atop a mirroring, but cave-like indentation that would seem impassable, but that’s merely what the physical eyes would have you think.
It’s almost like a male and female counterpart of portals at Bowtie Arch where two portals stand in unison, connected at center and are both accessible if you know the key.
One might seem more obvious, but my sense is to get through it, you must understand them both.
So, the obvious becomes the deep mystery of alchemy and knowing how to work both of your parts together.
I was wearing my braided pig tails, so I decided to have some fun with them at this arch.
While these energies are potent and yes, at times takes some serious reflection and commitment, it’s important to also have fun with it all.
Each of the arches we’ve seen have felt initiatory.
And these were no exception.
There are active train tracks you must pass on the hike and are warned to do so with extreme caution.
Dave made sure that our passing was safe, literally listening for the vibrations. Hehe!
You also pass this field of cairns, which is super cool. I’ve never seen so many in one place. From tiny to large, people have built cairns here from the broken rubble of fallen rock from the canyon cliffs.
Some of them made into mini arches too. It was like a miniature Faeryland.
On this hike I also saw more wild flower varieties than I’d seen in any one place at one time. I didn’t photograph them all, but there were varieties in each of the colors of pink, purple, white, yellow, and orange.
That felt very richly fertile for new opportunities and growth emerging and the ability to choose from many possibilities – or doorways.
On the way back, after our time at the arches we passed a blind man hiking with his wife. He had two poles he felt along the ground with and she was ahead letting him know what was coming.
That was really potent and reiterated the power of our inner eye to guide us, rather than only looking at the surface of things.
We could all do a little more “feeling” of our way through life than we are currently.
On our drive back, we stopped at two petroglyph walls that sit along the Colorado River. These were incredible with much more intricate depictions than we’d seen, and a variety of new images.
The petroglyphs have increased in detail along our journey and these were quite elaborate, and also so well defined.
They included a very large Bear (I intuited it was a bear right away and after we saw a sign that confirmed this feeling), which was pretty cool given the Bear symbolism I’ve had over the months.
The Bear was drawn showing all five toes on each foot, which is pretty detail specific. I placed my hand in them and it was an exact fit, as if they’d been molded after mine.
There were some other cool markings as you can see, different animal depictions, energy movement, and things like tracks, calendars, or pathways.
We then came across two wild turkeys after the petroglyphs, which ended off the day.
Turkeys symbolize abundance, connection with and honor of Mother Earth, harvesting the fruits of your labor, being nourished and satisfied with life, blessings from Earth, revealing your true self, endings, and beginnings.
Although we still have tomorrow before leaving, yesterday felt like a preparation of closure and bringing all things together. Today grounding that, as we’ve been more quiet and allowing action to take place on the inside while the rain clears way with our intents of release.
And after the hike yesterday I spoke with my parents on the phone to see how they are and what they shared went along with the symbolism of the turkeys and the abundance of flowers I’d seen.
They shared that they have started their own veggie garden.
A man they knew was getting rid of crates and they took a few of the two-by-two crates, filled them with soil and planted three varieties of tomatoes, red, green and yellow peppers, different lettuces, and strawberries.
I thought that was very cool that they were going to start growing their own food. They’ve also gotten a sun oven since I told them about mine and they do a lot to be self sufficient if needed, not to mention have been doing their own explorations and journeying to discover new places, as well as taking more time to do things they love.
The more we integrate and embody the changes, the more others around us will also start making changes and doing new things relative to their experience.
And so I continue on this journey with open arms and steady foot to greet the new with humbling honor and to step forward with deliberate and intentional action.
It’s been an internal weekend, which is why I’ve been mostly offline and also more quiet, both not writing or speaking that much. Sometimes that’s just needed especially when processing changes in life.
We also decided to spend time on the Colorado River this weekend, so we took two tours – one on Saturday night called Canyonlands by Night and one yesterday afternoon white water rafting with Canyon Voyages Adventure Co.
These lazy river days provided relaxation, refreshing energy – as we’ve been in the high desert for nearly six weeks, so getting on the water felt invigorating – and mirrored just being and flowing with the changes that we’ve so rapidly and powerfully been experiencing.
Saturday we had huge winds roaring through like crazy. So much so that it took down the power for a while – so we had no electric or water for a couple of hours.
That felt pretty symbolic after the Full Moon energy – a complete unplug and recharge – and it also is when I started feeling quiet.
We started the day with a mountain bike ride, but when we first started I immediately didn’t feel like I did a couple of days ago where I was looking like a seasoned mountain bike rider.
Something was off and the winds were making me feel unstable, as they were pushing me around and sand was coming at me. Due to the instability, I fell, no more than two minutes in – my left elbow hitting the slickrock (major change blasting through my life) – and I immediately knew I was not to bike that day and told Dave to go ahead while I went back to the car and waited.
This older man showed up right when I did out of no where, with a walking staff of sorts, silvery white hair and beard, and an accent I couldn’t make out. The words exchanged solidified my choice to not continue and then he disappeared quite quickly. I hadn’t waited but two or three minutes while telling Dave to go on before I went back on the trail to the car.
He wasn’t on the trail, nor in the parking lot.
Odd, as he appeared like a Druid out of nowhere and was gone.
Nobody else was hiking the trail, as it’s mostly mountain bike riders.
Anyway, we later did a short hike after lunch (still in my biking wear) on a newer two and a half mile roundtrip trail to a rarely visited arch.
This trail was established in late 2015 so it’s only been around a short time and we found ourselves alone on it, which mirrored the quiet internalized feeling running through.
This freshly-minted trail goes to Longbow Arch and starts at Poison Spider 4×4 trailhead.
At the beginning of the trail you come to the amazing Potash Road dinosaur tracks and petroglyph walls and rocks. The best we’ve seen.
They seem to depict perhaps a hunting scene rock art panel…lots of animals and interesting figures – some not looking human.
Then you continue to Longbow Arch climbing a steeper pour-off opening into a high desert landscape, through dirt, sand, and slickrock, as you skirt a series of Navajo sandstone fins and domes, and then into a side canyon where you climb up and under the arch itself where you get a view of the canyon.
You also have a view of the Colorado River at the start and end of the trail, which mirrored the rest of our River time.
Longbow Arch itself and its hidden, less traveled location, was quite an experience, as it felt very expansive, opening, and revealing of what can come when you take the road less traveled and face your fears.
After we enjoyed dinner at a Mexican restaurant in town we headed to our night trip on the jetboat.
This tour takes you along the river, as you learn about the geology and history, get to see the unique formations that our guide Dee pointed out (like E.T. below), and just take in the sights and feelings of the river and the canyons.
We got to see a Beaver as we made our way down and a lovely sunset behind us.
And once it gets dark the light show begins where they illuminate the canyon walls and you listen to stories and music that accompanies your float back.
We got “lucky” we had front row seats some how. It was quite chilly so the blankets they provided made it a cozy, snuggle up experience that is really unique and beautiful.
I only took one photo during the light and sound show, as the light illuminated a unicorn on the rock wall of the canyon. Very hard to depict in this photo, but it was clear as if it were day, in person – well to me. 😉
If you let yourself immerse in just being with everything around you, you will feel yourself become one with the mystery and magnificence. And more and more reveals itself to you.
Yesterday we did our half day water rafting trip, which included a stop at one of the sandy beaches along the river for lunch. No photos to share, as we wanted to be without any gadgets.
This was our day exploration of the river, both floating down and enjoying the fun of the whitewater rapids. We saw Great Blue Heron and River Otters along the way, which was cool.
There are a lot of ways you can experience nature’s beauty here, which mirror your own journey and processes.
Serenity and flow filled our time and I’m still feeling the need for quiet, although it doesn’t feel quiet on the inside at all, nor in terms of the reflections that are constantly in front of me.
Some things came to me to reflect on and review my feelings about. I’m listening and will be making the adjustments necessary.
It’s so interesting, as although I’ve taken off from the services I once offered, I feel like I’m doing so much more life work right now and it’s become evident why I had to take a break..
Energetically I’m fully immersed and constantly involved in processes and channeling – in wake and dream time. My path has become life simply unfolding.
Living in constant presence (stopping to smell the flowers of life) and awareness IS astoundingly rich, hugely demanding, and deeply rewarding.
Not always easy, but then it wouldn’t be as incredible if it were.
Yesterday couldn’t have been a more special ending and send off to our time here in Capitol Reef. Truly a day to cherish in my heart.
It wasn’t the hike we did, although Cohab Canyon trail was beautiful with its amazing deep canyons of stunning sculpted rock formations and natural color designs, but was the magickal creatures creating an enchanted haven that awaited us – so many mule deer, wild turkeys, and marmots.
We first explored the three and a half mile trail where we came upon a several couples, one in particular at the beginning in their 60’s and 70’s that were very sweet and we exchanged hellos.
The hike had us curving through the canyon and exploring the narrow mini slots and checking out natural looking altars, sculpted forms and thrones including one that looked like a giant quail, pink and yellow striped walls, and ending with a view of the river before turning back.
And at the end we got our last vista look of Capitol Reef’s grandeur and Fruita.
It was on our descent that we ran into the couple again, as they let us pass. The man saying, “We’ll let you young antelopes go on ahead, as I have to take it slow and steady.”
It made me think of the turtle and how I use those same words all the time when I talk about how to approach things in life, especially steep inclines and more challenged areas of hikes – “slow and steady”. I liked him right away with his smile and sweet energy.
We made our way to our car, passing the pasture we’d seen most every day with my favorite painted horse and as we got in the car the couple was at the road and the man waved to us.
We opened the window and he asked if it were possible, if we were going their way, to drop them at their car up the way a couple of miles.
Normally we would have, but our back seats and trunk are full with our bikes, equipment, and things, so we have no room for passengers. So we regretfully told them we couldn’t, showing them the back seat.
They said that was ok, and right after the ranger pulled up and they conversed.
We thought quickly and Dave said he could go in the trunk with all of the stuff and we could open up the passenger seat for them both to share.
So we pulled up to them and told them. Apparently the ranger was going to take him to the car and then he’d come back to pick up his wife, as she only had one seat too, but we said we could take his wife and Dave would get in the trunk.
And that’s what we did. Her name was Donna and we chatted along the way, as her husband got in with the ranger.
It was this last experience that ended up bringing us to all of the farewell gifts that awaited us.
First it was the marmots right after Donna got in.
Normally we saw two each day, but today there were three in the usual area. However, one of them, which I indicate as the female had tried to cross the road over to her partner and got disoriented and scared.
She was sitting in the middle of the road trying to move, but a car would come each time, nearly hitting her and she was frightened. No cars were stopping, although slowed.
I stopped the car and opened my door talking to her and this gave her the bearings to collect herself and make it over to the grassy area where the other two marmots awaited.
Phew! That really had me frazzled at first, but I stayed calm for her.
Then we continued to Hickman Bridge where we needed to drop Donna. And along the way we saw a group of deer on the side of the road.
Being that I was driving and on a mission to get her to her destination, we didn’t have chances to stop.
But once we dropped her and she was reunited with her husband, Dave and I made our way back, as we had gone the opposite way to our route back to the RV.
We thought, oh, now we can visit the last wall of petroglyphs we had missed the first time we checked out the area. It was as if that was all set up perfect with this little detour of helping the couple out, but little did we know that it also set us up for some very cool connecting with the wild turkeys and mule deer.
So as we made our way to the petroglyphs we came back upon the deer on the left side of the road and stopped briefly to connect.
Then shortly after on the right we saw a group of thirteen wild turkeys at the foot of the rock cliffs in the beautiful fruit tree grounds.
They were so magnificent and the vision of them was incredible…the males kept fanning out their tail feathers and puffing up hugely.
We got out and sat watching them for quite a while in awe of their little sanctuary and how beautiful they were.
The females resting under the trees and the males foraging and in full display.
After that we went to the petroglyph wall.
This last wall we missed was accessed by a long platform wood deck built by the park that takes you over a wash and long the cliff wall to the petroglyphs. As we got out of the car and I looked down the path, I said to Dave, “look who’s waiting for us here too.”
More mule deer!
The closer we got to the petroglyphs, the clearer we saw a group of them in the most enchanting setting.
Two of them on the cliff wall side, as they could pass under the decking through the wash, and the rest all beautifully laying in the tall thicket area under the trees.
It was like out of a fantasy…the area was so magickal and I’d never seen so many just all sitting in a circular formation. It was so special and the place my heart could be content to stay forever.
We spent a lot of time connecting with them and they were comfortable with us so close…us on the deck and them right below us. The photos are as close as we were to them.
I talked to them and had felt that they were inspiring a song.
I feel the song will channel through later, as two couples had wandered through while we were there at beginning and end. And although they did not stay, which is so odd to me that people don’t find these magnificent creatures incredible to “be” with, I just felt like I didn’t want to feel any potential interference for a channeling.
So I just connected and immersed with them, absorbing their messages for another time.
And I marveled at how much Cosmo looks like them…a tiny fawn with his graceful body and legs and long ears. I say that all the time when I see him, especially laying in his hay thicket.
I feel that there will come a time that I will sit among them or other creatures of the forests and sing their song with them. For now, it was sung within my heart, as they inspired me so much.
I get such a strong surge of life and joy when I am with the animals. It is the place I am meant to be. It brings me immediately into embodiment of my essence.
And we were so grateful for the time these beautiful ones gifted us…allowing us into their sanctuary and hearts.
There is no separation or difference in my heart and soul between them and me/us.
Our time in Capitol Reef concluded with the best magick I could possibly have hoped for.
Yesterday we journeyed the short drive to the fourth of six incredible National Parks in the Utah circuit that we are exploring on our adventure. We’re beginning our fourth of six weeks here and now have a full week to discover the magick of Capitol Reef.
Our drive to Wonderland – yes, that’s the name of our RV park down the rabbit hole of Torrey, Utah that our Magick Bus has slipped into – was beautiful with expansive vistas and even a subtle rainbow cloud portal.
And our new portal we’ll be integrating from this week is a serene setting that offers an open view of grazing land with cattle and horses surrounded by snow capped mountain tops in the distance, which we can see through our “looking glass”.
After we settled in, we headed off for our first looks at Capitol Reef.
We were instantly taken by the majesty around us. Dave said there was almost too much to process because of the grandeur and variety of intermingling raw beauty and wonder everywhere.
It is truly a stunning park and one that even if you aren’t a hiker, you can easily enjoy by taking the 20+ mile scenic drive through the park, which there is a guide on that you can get at the visitor center.
We stopped in there to read up on some of the info and get our hands on our hiking options. Then set off on our first, short intro with the two mile roundtrip Capitol Gorge hike.
The drive just to get there was incredible….about 12 + miles of amazingness on the paved road taking you from one stunning vista and formation to another. The park is well marked so you know what everything is that you are looking at.
Then once you reach the end of the paved road, a two and a half mile dirt road takes you to the end where you can pick up Capitol Gorge or Golden Throne Trails. This drive is wow!
You are taken through these canyons where the rock walls (mostly sheer walls of multi-colored Navajo sandstone) are surrounding you all around and you can feel what it would have been like on the covered wagons traveling in here back in the days of the pioneers.
This drive and the hike was a great way to get our intros with the area. So many beautiful things to see, including the settlement areas of the Mormons where you can see the beautiful apple, peach, pear, and apricot tree orchards.
Capitol Gorge takes you through the deep canyon gorge that the pioneers once used since it was the only passable “road” through the Waterpocket Fold until 1964 when Hwy 24 was built. The gorge becomes narrow, with several areas having slot-like proportions you can explore.
The Pioneer Register is located on the canyon walls here and you can see remnants of the telegraph lines jutting from the rocks above, which were used in the late mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries when Mormon pioneers passed through the gorge.
Several hundred pioneers recorded their names and dates on the canyon walls, as they passed through the Capitol Wash road. One wonders how they got their names up so high – ladder, ropes, standing atop their wagons?
Before you reach the pioneers’ recordings, you will come to the petroglyph panel, near to the start of the hike, from the people who once lived here from about 300 to 1300 CE (Common Era) – and some even earlier, which are very cool.
They are similar to the three large, red pigment figures we saw the day before in Escalante on the Calf Creek Trail.
They are thought to be from the Fremont Indians – ancestors of the modern-day Hopi, Zuni, and Paiute tribes. It is believed that these petroglyphs depict maps, journeys, clan symbols, deities, animals, and calendars.
The hike will take you past a small arch, volcanic rock, and end at a sequence of water-filled potholes, water pockets, or “tanks” as they are called.
These water tanks, ranging from very small like the size of a bathroom sink, to very large like a swimming pool, acted as natural water basins, which played a vital role in the desert ecosystem. They collected and held the vital and essential water that the animals, plants, and indigenous people relied on to survive in the desert.
Interestingly, violet light was shining down on the main water tank in some of the photos captured…is something appearing within the light, or does it indicate the sacredness of these precious water sources?
On our walk back, a beautiful sparkling natural crystal caught my eye. What a treasure!
On our drive back home, we also were greeted by a group of Mule Deer that decided to say hello to us as we drove by and then took the cross walk in front of us to get to the field on the other side. I had the opportunity to see one of them leap over the fence, which again was just beautiful to see how gracefully and easily they “fly”.
And right after we said goodbye to them, we came upon two Marmots that were incredibly cute and oh so cuddly chubby. I just wanted to go hug them. We stopped to watch and connect with them as well, as I’d never seen one.
I just love all of the wildlife, ancient essence, and raw beauty we continue to experience on this adventure.
This is truly what I love about life and some of the things I value most.
And it is what I find incredibly important to share with all of you, to bring Mother Earth’s gifts and sacredness into close relationship to you, even if just through photos.
I also like to share the rich history and ancient energy because of our collective journey we are traveling together so that you, too, can integrate what you find integral to your path as part of the whole through experiencing it.
Yesterday we decided to explore the Willow Lake area, which is also within the vicinity of the Granite Dells in Prescott.
Having spent the previous day at Watson Lake, I was curious to see the difference, if any, in the energy there.
And indeed there was. I could sense it right away and even the landscape had a variance to it.
Part of the difference may have something to do with the area around it being more developed and homesteads across the way on the south also within view.
But there also seemed to just be a different energy that wasn’t as inviting to me. The lake itself didn’t seem as pristinely kept and even the RV within walking distance from it felt different.
For not knowing the area, I felt again we were always being guided to the area that would be most supportive for us, as we really liked the energy of the park we were in and that it was within walking distance from Watson Lake.
Regardless, there was still beauty there, ancient history and energy.
That is what drew us to check out, knowing there were some ruins to explore here.
And so it was a day of retracing ancient footsteps….first exploring the significant archaeological site of the remains of village ruins that were occupied A.D. 900 to 1100 on the north shore of now Willow Lake.
Right before stepping into the ramadas that protect the ruins, we found a gorgeous giant moth (like 4-5 inches) right outside like an ancient guardian. Neither of us had ever seen a moth so huge! And it was really beautiful in coloring, as well as had this very thick soft looking body with feather-like antennae. Prehistoric indeed.
After connecting with moth we entered the ruins.
These are called pit houses because they are built down into the ground and the holes you see include holes for the poles that were for roof and floor support, storage, and fire pits. They apparently were inhabited first and then later turned solely to storage houses, but while inhabited they built wooden platform floors over the ground so that they could use the underneath part for storage (creating a basement-like effect).
It’s unclear why the inhabitants left, but that the settlement declined gradually, perhaps due to changing climate, drought, and other environmental changes.
It’s very interesting to read the information at the sites, which I included a little bit here for you.
We just made it in time to view the ruins as they are only open on Saturday from 10am – 12pm and after we left they were closed off.
We then hiked around the lake just a bit to explore the terrain, discovering some different cactus, including these sweet snowflake looking ones.
And then enjoyed our picnic lunch I packed by the site of the ruins under a ramada.
Then we continued our day of ancient discoveries by driving to find the petroglyphs we had seen on a map when we first arrived to the area.
They are in an inconspicuous place you wouldn’t know to look unless you specifically were trying to find them, as a whole development has been built upon around it with homes, leaving the petroglyph area smack in the middle with a hiking trail around it.
After finding the site we climbed the rocks to view what are known as some of the most treasured petroglyphs and American Indian remains.
These Indian Rock Petroglyphs in the Enchanted Canyon subdivision contain over 100 petroglyph elements including etched names and dates of early visitors from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
They were very cool indeed and the most detailed I’d ever seen, but the more involved ones you did have to climb up higher to be able to see.
After I’d climbed down, Dave continued exploring the rocks to see what else he could find, as I decided to take the other path of the trail to see where it would lead.
I went a little ways and felt I’d gone as far as I wanted and got ready to turn back when I looked down and what do you know….once again I discover a heart rock in my path.
Loving the ancient energy and where this journey is taking us, integrating the old with the new, and deepening into our embodiment as human beings.
After coming back for a shower and to give Cosmo a bath, we decided to head into the town square of Prescott. I hadn’t been there for years. We explored some of the galleries, including the coop galleries there, and one crystal/metaphysical store where we picked up some incense including one called “Fairy Dreams”.
And then decided on pizza for dinner where we discovered they just so happened to have vegan cheese and next door a shop that had vegan chocolate chip cookies. 🙂
Our waiter was a young guy no more than 20 and it happened to be a particularly stressful night for him, which he kept apologizing for. He was handling big orders and a lot of tables, told us about one woman who had her dinner and then told him she had no money and asked him to pay for it, and so on. I could feel his stress and we of course were in no rush so made it easy for him.
There ended up being a mix up with our pizza, which took longer and they ended up giving it to us free. And in the end, as we were walking by him to leave the guy said in passing how sorry he was, AGAIN, telling me it would be better next time he promised and that he has “served me before.”
As we got outside I told Dave what he said and he said, yeah, he must be talking about another lifetime in which he “served” you, as he laughed and I laughed hearing that from him, as we both knew it was not in this life, since I’d never seen him before or eaten there.
We then enjoyed the movie, “Zootopia,” which is such a cute movie about a female bunny who decides she can be anything and becomes the first bunny cop in Zootopia, ending up changing the world for the animals.
In one of the galleries in town I’d been taken by a sculpture of a jack rabbit and wouldn’t you know that when we pulled up back to our RV park, a little cotton tail bunny ran in front of the car.
There has been a lot of rabbit energy here.
And so we ended our evening and time here in Prescott on a sweet note.
It has been a lovely few days and great finding a Whole Foods we stocked up at. Dave was especially excited to find vegan donuts there.
There’s also a Trader Joe’s and Natural Grocers market here. So it’s an easy place to find some good food if you’re traveling through.
The whole city was in bloom and I was loving the white and pink blossoms on the dogwood trees so much.
I snapped a photo of the white blossoms against the blue sky of day and the pink blossoms against the dark night sky.
I love flowering trees so much! It reiterated that when we settle down into a home again down the road, I will definitely have some on the land. Pure magick they are!
Today we leave the area and head off to the Sedona area where we’ll be for the next two weeks. Very much looking forward to that, as it is always significant to return there at specific times.
“There are several ways to react to being lost. One is to panic: this was usually Valentina’s first impulse. Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you’ve misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.” ~Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” ~Henry Miller
As I shared in my November newsletter, I was away this long weekend in Joshua Tree National Park, enjoying the high desert and breathing in the beauty and ancient energy there. The photos throughout are of my time spent there.
I mentioned that I’m going to be focusing on a lot more personal time and travels than what has become usual of recent years, which is why my work has been shifting focuses to incorporate more time and energy to do so.
This comes at a time when I’m feeling much more inner than usual and very much wanting to be in the silence within as much as possible to experience and delve into things in a new way for what I feel is to come.
I love the desert, having spent so much time in Palm Springs and Palm Desert when I was growing up and living in the high desert of Sedona and Reno, each for a couple of years. Everyone has their own preferences and conditions that make them feel good, but for me it is dry climates, as opposed to humid ones where I feel most suited. I prefer dry heat and dry cold over wet heat and cold for sure. That said, I do enjoy exploring everywhere, but I just know what works better for me for the long haul. I also happen to be a high altitude-kinda-gal. 😉
I hadn’t really spent much time in Joshua Tree before, only really remembering twice that I’d visited – once last year for Bhakti Fest and another time about three years ago when it was winter and quite chilly, and having not prepared for it, didn’t bode well for much exploring.
So, I was excited to spend more time and also to get the chance to visit the Integatron for a sound bath (please visit the link to learn about this amazing historical structure and see photos of the sound chamber). I had no idea that the Integatron was so well known around the world, but so many people I know all over the place have heard of it, if not in fact have visited it.
This sound chamber (also a whisper chamber where you can hear anything said, or any noise from someone directly across from you, as if it’s in your own head clearly) that you climb up vertical, ladder-like large steps to, one at a time, gave me chills throughout my body the moment I set foot inside and the crystal bowl sound bath received was like being in an energetic womb or cosmic journeying. I definitely didn’t want to leave and could have lingered in the vibrational frequencies indefinitely.
Lovely visions of ethereal faces and eyes came to me and at the end, while integrating the experience, a white owl just lingered with me, looking straight into me and then opened its wings.
Again, that white symbolism, like the white jaguar and the white conch from my dreams.
The way this white owl lingered so long and stayed with me (I get chills now writing about it) feels very important. I just briefly decided to look online if anything pops up around “white owl symbolism” and just stumbled upon this: Legend of the White Owl ~ Messenger of 911.
Along with embodying all of the general owl symbolism, white owls are also considered messengers of the gods or underworld, messengers of change and transition, appear as a sign of things to come, ability to see past illusion, to see in the “dark”, and see what is hidden to others, and can mean you’ve been given more wisdom and that you’re evolving/maturing.
Interesting things to reflect on indeed and grateful for the message.
But back to the Integratron – it is located 20 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park, in Landers on a beautiful piece of land that has an outdoor sanctuary space to welcome visitors while they await their time in the structure.
Please explore the links under “What is it” here to learn more: About the Integratron
I know I am still integrating this experience, as well as the all of the time spent hiking among the stunning rocks and Joshua Tree forests of the park.
I was even gifted some Coyote medicine, as you can see in the photo below, as one was crossing right while coming through. Such a sweet one he was, although with ears down, as I looked in his eyes, he was looking quite submissive.
There are some amazingly beautiful hikes throughout the park, each with different vegetation and terrain in many cases. I really loved Hidden Valley and could definitely spend a lot of time just “being” there on those rocks.
Other hikes explored included Barker Dam, where you also came across some cool petroglyphs in a cave (as seen in the photos at the end) and Lone Horse Mine (also seen in photos at end) and then some back trails to the park as well.
The higher elevations were definitely more abundant in varying vegetation, which was found on the longer Lone Horse Mine Trail, taking you through areas of lava rock and with view of a dormant volcano.
I did every hike, no matter length, in my flip-flops, which is my preferred method of hiking always unless it’s very cold and/or extremely challenged conditions. I find it a way to let my feet breathe, which is so important to a Pisces like me, as well as a way to feel the Earth more intimately when my feet get immersed in dirt and such. Fun!
The desert is rich with its own symbolism and felt to be a perfect place to be right now for me, having spent so much time at the ocean this year. I feel that I might possibly end up spending more time in the desert again this month because it is nurturing of my personal processes.
The desert feels like a place symbolic of:
- the sacredness of being alone as opposed to loneliness
- getting lost on purpose in order to change the way you perceive the world, your life, everything
- limitless possibilities and rewards that can be obtained through overcoming obstacles and challenging hardships
- survival and Root Chakra energy which is so vital
- brutal honesty and harsh realities when all things are stripped away (symbolic of the wide, more barren vistas) and you have your core soul revealed
- no distractions in the way of communing with your soul
- a place for accessing divine revelation
- personal will
- self-nurturing from the abundant well of life within self to support you
- barren lands that are so removed from the normal comforts of life that it then becomes almost holy and a place where it seems only the spiritually sacred is influencing things
- stripping down and nothing in the way of yourself
- a place or bridge to cross into a new way of life
- the promise of something more fulfilling or the manifestation of dreams – the process of the mirage actively “becoming”
- the raw beauty as you stand in the nakedness of your truth
Everything is always in divine alignment indeed. And I am continuing to slowly transition back from returning. Feeling a beautiful stillness inside and incredibly penetrating peace, despite, and because of, all the changes taking place inwardly.
It’s hard to tell in this last photo, but at the center of the sky appeared this rainbow in a completely vertical, short line on the last full day, as viewed from the dining table while eating a very late lunch. Perfect!