tranquilfern said: Hi there, lovely Alyssa! I've been following you for quite some time now, and I must say how much of a pleasure it is to randomly stumble across a post of yours on my dash. I adore reading about what adventures you and your love have been up to. I'm curious as to how you personally envision your future, if you don't mind my asking. What are your goals and dreams? I wish you nothing but bliss and happiness on your days to come. : )
What a beautiful note! I’m always overjoyed when somebody gravitates towards something small I wrote. It makes me feel connected and warm.
My vision of the future has changed a lot over the last couple years, and most of my long-term goals have simplified. I’ve realized just how wrong and broken the money system is, and am forever seeking ways to live easy and free. Zach’s mom actually has 80 acres in upstate NY that we’ll be taking advantage of. We’re both passionate about permaculture, and want to learn how to grow more of our own food. I guess I just want to create a safe place that my family can come to, whenever they’re seeking refuge. As digitized as the world’s become, I want to be one with nature more. I’ve realized through travel, just how little I need to get by. And in a lot of ways, my soul breathes easier when I don’t have material things tying me down.
My dreams often are of loved ones now. When I was little I would think mainly of myself and everything was much more black and white. I was never career driven though. I was never obsessed with aesthetics. I guess that’s always been a gift. I’ve managed to fall in love with moments, rather than mere fiction. I’ve lived a full life. I tend to be pretty positive too.
The Earth is a treasure that we were all born into. I like to remain thankful. I like to use that as my inspiration. Mankind has screwed up a lot, but I like to be progressive and make good changes when I can.
Each day is an adventure, and I try to keep things interesting. :]
Life really is what you make it.
We’re drifting through Seattle and the streets branch off in weird clusters. Kids in grunge march past toting bags of Chipotle and coffee, pulling along dogs wearing neon bow-ties and rain coats. The weather DOES make you feel like a sewer rat. Victorious and shiny in the doom and gloom, you’re marked with nights of dive bars and bodega runs. Green lush sparks of natural growth, simmer in unexpected places. It feels a lot like Brooklyn sometimes, but there’s a difference in the people and the traffic. You embrace what’s unknown.
Today we ate breakfast at a small cafe. We sat around and talked about the past couple days. Zee made an appointment at a nearby tattoo parlor, and I laughed at a group of pigeons sitting on a telephone pole. It was great!
Days before, we were at a campsite along the Yaak River. We spent time taking pictures, writing new songs, and going on long walks with Umphrey and Van Zandt. Before we got to Washington — we explored Yellowstone, National Glacier Park, and the Tetons. The experiences had, still make my heart heavy.
Here’s a quick look at some of the memories we created:
It’s only September, and the other day we woke up to hail. This morning it was snow. Wyoming requires a certain amount of patience, but the wilderness continually leaves you feeling interconnected. Since spending a large amount of my time here, I’ve noticed that simplicity has served as a teacher. The laws of modern life mean less and less, and I’m always looking for a change in the way others treat each other and the Earth. Transformation is good, and I think it should be welcomed happily. There’s a lot I strive for now. There’s no night, where I think: “My work here is done”. I’m a dreamer to an intense degree, but let my soul soar as high as it likes. It only pushes me harder towards love.
Our cabin is all packed up and we’ll be leaving on Tuesday for the Tetons and Yellowstone. If weather permits, we’ll move on to Montana to give National Glacier Park a look-over. After that, Olympia and Seattle will be visited as well.
I’ve never really explored the pacific northwest, so I’m pretty ecstatic. If you have any magic travel destinations you’ve found and love, do share!
We’ll be on the road until mid-December….
The weather was fantastic yesterday, what with the sun casting gold on everything. My boys spent most of the afternoon in the community garden, prepping the ground for Wyoming’s late growing season. The creek by our house is looking better and better every day too, now that we’ve cleared back dead trees and have rid the stream of leaves. We even made plans to add in a waterfall! Umphrey enjoys being outdoors, sniffing well odorous splendors…..
You can click here, to see some more pictures of a hike me and Zee took.