On the Road, Once Again

Dear Girls and Boys!

What a summer it has been! I have been away from the blog for several months, largely due to poor internet access. I hope all is well in your lives.

In my last posts I had hoped to settle in Ithaca, NY for a couple of years to participate in a Buddhist Studies program there. As it turned out, I was a bit early. The Namgyal Institute of Buddhist Studies will be moving into a larger facility possibly by 2015. At THAT time they will offer a workstudy program. Oops, a good idea ahead of its time! 🙂 Therefore I have decided to participate in another Buddhist workstudy program in Colorado. As Colorado is a bit of a drive from New York I am once again on the road.

These photos were taken at Assateague State Park in Berlin, MD. Once in Maryland it is possible to travel a good distance on the islands of the Atlantic Ocean to connect to the Mainland via the 17 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I recommend this excursion to all you East Coasters. Not so wild ponies and beautiful long clean beaches are worthy of the visit. Now it is onto the Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, CO. I hope to have photos and an update soon.

Blessings and Love for a happy Labor Day holiday. May the “back to school months” bring interesting adventures your way. Namaste

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

The first day of summer is upon us. For me, spring has flown by with cross country travel, en route visiting with friends and family. Blog posting (which requires internet connectivity) has been relegated to a back burner. In the coming days my wish is to have the blog posting back up to full boil!

Carlsbad Caverns is not an off the cuff destination. You have to “really want” to get there by driving 120 miles through absolutely undeveloped country side (meaning no gas stations). I was unsure as to the feasibility of venturing this far off the path to view an underground cave. Not to worry, Carlsbad Caverns is an amazing natural wonder!The interior of the caves is very organized with walk ways, facilities, and tour guides. In the following photos you get a glimpse of the grandeur  and the natural beauty of this national park. We are fortunate in the US to have a system that manages and protects our natural wonders. Our tax dollars do help!  If you find yourself in the southwest of the United States, a visit to the Caverns is worth the effort.

For a full view click back and forth on the photos. Happy Summer!

Glacier National Park!

Near the northwestern corner of the United States is the national wonder, Glacier National Park. A definite benefit to seasonal work is the availability to some of the most scenic areas of our country. Montana happens to be home to two of  the more spectacular National Parks, Glacier and Yellowstone. These blog posts may encourage some of you who have the luxury to travel (and it is indeed a luxury) to include Montana as a vacation stop.  Maybe I should write tourist literature for the state of Montana?

My friend Karla from Sacramento came to share with the exploration of Glacier Park. The photos speak for themselves! Our first two days were spent in the VERY remote village of Polebridge, MT, twenty miles from the Canadian border. During the first night of our stay, a black bear broke out the rear window of my car. There was no food in the car, but I had left my hiking boots in a white plastic bag in the rear floorboard. The bear broke into the car, took the shoes out of the bag, and left the shoes in the car having ascertained that they were not edible! Luckily the replacement of the window was not too expensive, however driving five hours back from the Park was a bit breezy. This is such an unlikely occurrence, I feel fortunate that my “bear karma” has been dispelled so easily. As a reminder to anyone traveling in wilderness areas, follow the Park safety guidelines and take bear spray!

From here I will be employed in the ski resort town of Park City, Utah.  Next post from the bunny slopes! Be sure to use the “Back Button” to get the full photo views.

Best wishes for a happy autumn. Please find time to enjoy the Nature around you wherever that may be.