Book: Journey out of consciousness
Guidance: Allow yourself to be led out of the darkness
Leaving home and setting out on a trip is always about shifts in consciousness. It is about leaving behind what is familiar and setting out with only the things we need into the unknown. Even if the route has been well mapped, there is still a sense of difference and moving into something less familiar. There is always a sense that there are new lessons to be learned and potential danger even if the road is well traveled.
We had a beautiful drive through Ohio and West Virginia. We went exploring and found Salt Lake State Park which is a huge park with camping, a cave, and lots of trails. It's a place that we may venture back to with the dogs for a weekend or for a few days of R&R. One of the things I love about traveling with Cam is that we just meander, we let ourselves explore the interesting side roads and byways. I think that's the best part of travel as you see new things and you learn new things. I know that as we were driving, I had the sense of leaving all my cares behind and finding my way toward peace.
One of the coolest things that happened was that as we were going through the mountains and we were talking about how hitchhikers were dumb and putting themselves at risk, we both smelled perfume or hotel soap in the car. The smell just came upon us all of the sudden and it filled the car. Both Cam and I smelled it. I'm not sure if it was a ghost or what, but it was pretty cool.
We ended our night in a Motel 6 and I always find it funny that I feel so much like it is traveling and vacation when I stay at cheap hotels. Staying at more expensive hotels always feels like work, which makes sense because those are the hotels I stay in when I work. There is just a sense of adventure in staying at cheap hotels because it feels so transient and as if this is where we are tonight, but tomorrow we'll be somewhere else.
I'm grateful for the beautiful drive
I'm grateful for leaving early
I'm grateful for the conversation with Cam
I'm grateful for the snuggly bed
I'm grateful for Sean taking care of the doggos
I'm grateful for the beautiful moon over the mountains