Friday, November 29, 2013

Far West Preparing to Head to the Far East

The beautiful Moclips beach
In exactly one month, December 29, I will fly out of Charolotte, NC, bound for India - after a number of layovers and transfers.  Right now I am in this beautiful place - Moclips.  It's on the Olympic peninsula, right on the ocean.  There isn't much going on here.  No restaurants or little shops, no night scene, in fact not even a lot of people.  That's why Erik and I like to come here when I come to visit him in Seattle.

Erik is my only child, a handsome, gentle man, the person I would choose to be 

with were I to be stranded on a desert island.  I am a lucky woman to have this kind of relationship with my son.

Granny's handsome son Erik
In fact, I credit Erik with enabling my love of adventure.  About 7 years ago I was on vacation with him when I read about a seminar with the Dalai Lama that sounded really interesting.  I told him about it, and he said "Go!"  I spent an hour or so telling him all the reasons I couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't.  And he   said "Go!"  

So I went.  And ever since then when an opportunity for adventure comes along - volunteering in Costa Rica, going to a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, living off the back of a bike for seven weeks on the Great Divide - I think of Erik, and I say YES!

And so, when the opportunity to live in India for four months came along, I said YES!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Where did you say you are going?!?!?

Granny with one of her many ex-partners
I am 67 years old.  I grew up on a farm in northern Ohio and didn't even leave the state until I was almost 20.  And....


I'm really not sure how I got here.  All I really wanted was a nice, normal life.  A  happy marriage, a couple kids, a career.  But, as they say, life happens.

Did I tell you - I'M GOING TO INDIA!!!  And not just for a couple weeks, or a month.  I'll be there a little over four months.  

I will be living with my dear friends Ravi, Sheela, Shraddha and Shruti in Chennai.  I'll be doing some traveling, and will also spend time studying Yoga and Vedic chanting.  I even hope to do some cycling!

I'd love to share my adventures with you.  So come on along.  The journey is about to begin.