I have the sense that few can keep up with me – with my exuberance for life, my joyfulness ever-present and available right as I wake up at 5:00am. Thank goodness, then, that I dearly enjoy my own company – because for much of my life that has not been the case.
I used to loathe spending time alone – cringe as I looked at myself in the mirror. I’d have used anything to distract my attention. My D.O.C’s were sugar and boys – and still are, though I no longer partake in either one the impulses are still active at times.
Now, though, I am the very best company I keep and I find that I am enjoying myself more and more each day. It’s been a glorious transformation.
On Tuesday afternoon, I returned home from a 5-day solo road trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It was my 2nd ever solo road trip involving over-night stays – and my 1st one took place 10-years ago, so there was a pretty large gap in-between. It was a rather impromptu trip and I had a simply brilliant time.
Here are some trip pics & reflections of things I enjoyed from my travels:
I enjoyed: pumping up my old Coleman stove by the light of my headlamp in the early morning darkness to make tea.
: being an accomplice to my friend Lewis in helping him to smuggle a hot chocolate mug out of a restaurant we dined at.
: walking the main drag in the town of Banff in the mornings before it had become packed with people.
I enjoyed: playing guitar while nestled in the back of my old Subaru as a light rain fell outside.
: being able to set out early in the morning and not have to contend with anyone else’s wake-up schedule.
: watching the sunrise at Lake Louise awaken the mountains and water with an ever-changing interplay of light – I sat at the water’s edge in one spot for 2-hours simply basking in the majesty of beauty unfolding around me – it was brilliant and life-affirming and utterly captivating.
I enjoyed: my trip’s motto of “winging it” – it was a great traveling verse to have as a companion and allowed me to feel care-free, un-tethered, and able to move about in the spirit of openness and joy.
: my own delightful friendship – my own company was a source of great solace.
I enjoyed: having friends to visit and spend time with – 4 guys who each have such a warm, open, and kind nature.
: bearing witness to the natural spectacles of Banff NP without the distractions of my own chatter – communing with nature solo and unencumbered.
My love of the open road and traveling has been rekindled on this trip – I’m already thinking about where I’ll venture next. So, stay tuned…
Oh! and to celebrate and symbolize both my trip’s motto of “winging it” and my spirit animal: before landing on my doorstep home the first place I stopped when I pulled into town was a tattoo parlor, where I got this great new tattoo of a crow, which I’ve affectionately named “Banff”
To see the video montage from my trip, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkRs_s0CeaA
To see the full photo album, click here: https://deerparkmonastery2016.shutterfly.com/pictures/1249