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Unexpected Adventure at Little Book Cliffs, CO

Georgia asked me to write a short story about the unexpected adventure. As a youth, I had a passion for challenging trail rides. Cottonwood trail allowed me to dip into that almost unforgotten passion.

Beautiful pre-Autumn day, two fit endurance horses, a friend (Carol), and free time to see the wild mustangs. Even as a professional trainer, my time off meant riding and viewing horses. Just a few minutes after passing through the Cameo gate at the Little Book Cliffs, we spotted our first mustangs—mares and foals. They are viewing us as we are viewing them. Wild animals normalized to degrees of human presence. I experienced this while working on a game reserve in South Africa. The modern wild animals that are on open land, but still confined by ranches, homes, preserves, parks etc. Grateful for the BLM and visionaries/supporters who want to preserve a slice of “wild”.

After meeting our objectives within the first hour, we decided to head up the canyon and explore. Of course, we didn’t come prepared with a map or water. Cottonwood trail was the path and it required a combination of riding and leading. What a cool trail! Thank you BLM for the markers on the trees! The views were gorgeous and we were wondering how much the wild horses had helped create the design of the trails. We made it to the top and really appreciated who had the grit to put in a spring fed water trough. The horses were very glad and we drank some too!

Now what? Find our way back to the trailer, but by what trail? Cell service popped up, so Carol called the number for Friends of the Mustang to get guidance. Three options: go back the way we came (“No way!” was my reaction), go down an even more difficult trail, or have Georgia pick us up. It was 5:30 pm, it was going to be getting dark by 7:30, so we opted for the remarkable taxi service. We went another two hours on the trail to meet the trailer—a short ride turned into a seven plus hour ride. The horses were in good spirits and good condition.

Crazy amazing that we were not going to have to spend the night on the mountain. As Georgia pulled up with the trailer, we initially had no idea what a remarkable intervention it was that someone who didn’t know us had a rig and the experience to navigate the road to us. Wow! I was interested in knowing more about the mustang world and had been contemplating adopting one. How perfect that our rescuer had been involved with the local herd for just under twenty years. It was like a magic carpet had shown up. As she skillfully navigated the road and enthusiastically filled us in on the herd history, status, and more, we were in awe of her kindness, as we connected with a paved road. By this time, I was growing thoughts of writing a small book with a short chapter dedicated to different herd members. By 11:30 pm we were back to the trailer and by 1:30 am, we were unloading the horses at home. Surreal in many ways, but we were more then lucky.

Looking at photos of the herd, it has more then inspired me to look for an adoptable horse. Georgia graciously offered to give us a tour in the daylight. I can hardly wait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Emotions, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Little Book Cliffs mustangs Colorado, Selfseeds emotions, Selfseeds fitness, Selfseeds personalize 5

Retreats

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Long or short, increments of honoring the self wellness of a retreat. Even just 5 minutes.

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Category: Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: India, retreats, Selfseeds emotions, Selfseeds personalize 5, Selfseeds stillness

Starting The Walk At 7, 200 ft. Elevation

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Starting a hike at 7,200 ft elevation and immediately walking up immediately tests one’s fitness. The raw beauty makes one feel profoundly humble to be part of something much bigger then one’s self. I will put the total experience in the Selfseeds Personalize 5 category even though the hike was several hours.

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Category: Emotions, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Colorado, hiking, nature, raw beauty, Redstone, Selfseeds personalize 5

Book #1 Available on Amazon “Seeing Through The Eyes O...

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Category: Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: book, Seeing Through The Eyes Of The Horse, Selfseeds, Selfseeds personalize 5

Safety While On The Run

 

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Amber Fort, India

Stubbornness and a joy of exercising have created a must look at the safety factor of running, walking, working out at the gym in foreign places. What is the point of exercising if you are hurt or violated in some way that completely unhinges your wellness physically or mentally, but what is the balance?  As a warrior type, I probably dip too far into the risk taking mode, so living in India on or off for the past three years has brought a reality check into the vulnerability of women–period.  As a white woman walking, there is an underline, since I am visible, a novelty, and come with all of the western connotations of “loose women,” because of what is often depicted on television shows.

I tried the gym, but it was sort of like adding a bloody carcass to a shark feeding area and saying, “Don’t touch.” No matter what boundary, amount of disinterested focus, attitude or whatever technique I drew upon for the day, the sharks kept coming and the mental work out became a bigger price than the benefits of the physical workout.  Plan B, exercise outside the gym or in my room.  Playing workout DVD’s is good and there are a lot of choices, but I hunger for the outer world too. Plan C, the strategy has been to start the work out early, before “the world” is too alive, but late enough that there is light arising.  Having lived and traveled internationally a fair amount, there is a window of opportunity for walking, running, etc. that intuitively feels safe as a woman, but as a woman there is never an absolute.  Yes, the extra radar awareness needs to be turned on when moving through areas that are unfamiliar. Walking with purpose and a sense of presence (not the look at me, here I come type) are all ingredients for body language, setting an intention, and a tone for business. I have found there are usually others out exercising too even if they aren’t strategizing about safety.
Another benefit of starting early, you feel satisfied and fulfilled to start the day with something precious to your state of being. Check mark by the “you are important and I value my state of well being.”  The activity takes the “edge off,” but also invigorates me for a place of inner calmness, problem solving with less ego attachment, and a sense of ease in the body structure.  On a personal note, I love the light of the morning and watching what starts to unfold as the master painter adds light and shade to what was in darkness–the magic of light.
Is this possible for everyone, all of the time–probably not, but the share is regarding exercise and safety while living and traveling in foreign places. Are there places in the world that woman don’t have to consider there personal safety?  Maybe, but since i have grown up with some need for awareness, that hard wiring is a part of me and I need to respect it.  Friends and family may be shocked to hear me concede this point, since I am the warrior type, but the gang raping situation in India and the distorted individuals who are opportunistic and without moral boundaries worldwide means I need to look out for me without losing all freedom.  A balancing act, but one to be honored.
A walk up the hill

A walk up the hill

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: exercise, safety, Selfseeds personalize 5, travel

Daily Selfseed #11 Lilac

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The smell, the sight, and the texture are all lovely.  Don’t wait to Personalize 5 minutes for yourself!

Category: Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: flowers, just 5 minutes, lilac, scent, Selfseeds personalize 5, smell

Daily Selfseed #10 Screen Saver

Ok, this Daily Selfseed could appear silly, but I love when my screen saver comes on.  I have it set on random photos, so it acts as a simple, but powerful touchstone to random memories.  It is like a tiny movie of familiar beauty. Take 5 minutes to enjoy your personalized archive!

Category: Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: just 5 minutes, photo album, screen saver, Selfseeds, Selfseeds personalize 5, take 5

The Poster Child For Selfseeds Personalize 5

Everyday take some time out for yourself, to do what you love to do.
We Are Human Angels the book

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Category: Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Selfseeds personalize 5, take 5 minutes for yourself