Life Goes On ~ The Journey Continues Through North Yellowstone & Bozeman
I continue to keep on living as fully as possible, getting back to my projects, sound channeling, and Magick Stones, and embracing how life goes on despite the challenges experienced. So in the spirit of that, it’s time to continue with the journey shares and where and what has unfolded since last I journaled about the adventure. I’ve caught us up through West Yellowstone and a little intro into North Yellowstone, but now I’ll reflect on the rest of our time exploring the North and North East of Yellowstone National Park, as well as our lovely time in Bozeman, Montana for anyone following along or that is interested in exploring these areas yourself.
We stayed in Gardiner at the North end of Yellowstone where we were grounded in one of our most beautiful sites right on the Yellowstone River. While here we decided to book an adventure package to change things up a bit and integrate it with our daily hikes and explorations. We chose a half day of white water rafting in class 2 and 3 rapids, which was super fun and refreshing from getting soaked and having water fights with other rafters, and a half day of ziplining – splitting them over two days so we could do other things too.
The longest zip went across a canyon and over a creek at 1200 feet long and 250 feet high.
It was a lot of fun, but now having zipped twice (the other was in Costa Rica), we both feel we’ve had our fill of it and aren’t in need of anymore.
There’s a lot of waiting when there are groups and I actually feel it to be uncomfortable with all the cannon ball tucking, especially over such long zips, leaving me sore in odd places, despite my daily exercise that keeps me in shape.
It also didn’t help that the guide misinterpreted my speed coming in and broke me too soon – totally an innocent thing that ended up being fun for me (not so much for him), but it left me zipping backward and hanging there suspended in the middle a couple hundred feet high until he could get to me and bring me back…so sore muscles next day indeed. 🙂
Yet, it did give me more time just free-hanging by myself, which I much appreciated despite that and seemed symbolic of letting go and surrendering.
Rafting on the other hand we will continue when there’s a cool place that calls to us, as it’s just exciting fun and something we enjoy and have done several times now.
We found a cool spot called the Iron Horse Bar & Grille after our rafting, where we enjoyed sunset refreshments to reflect on Joy while overlooking Yellowstone River and I was feeling so much love and gratitude for everything including the three heart river stones I’d found before we got on the raft, which I put down my tank top in hopes they would be safe there…and they were.
The morning before rafting we also explored Mammoth Hot Springs, which I already shared photos of in the last update along with my three heart river stones, and after our ziplining we ventured into the North Eastern side of Yellowstone to check out Roosevelt Lodge where we got some refreshments, viewed Tower Falls, and drove through the beautiful and Bison filled Lamar Valley to hike at gorgeous Trout Lake.
Watching the Bison was incredible. We spent a long time just observing their behaviors and patterns. Being so close was really wonderful to see into their gentle and soulful eyes too, exhibiting their sweet and playful nature alongside their strength and power. It was so awesome watching the babies and mothers running swiftly and playing with each other. Amazing how these massive animals can move.
I shared a video of the spawning Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout already that had me in deep reflection and shifting my perceptions on life and challenges even more deeply and more thoroughly embodied, but here are some photos of these amazing fish.
The beauty of the lake and its surroundings was gorgeous. There was so much fresh, life-affirming and cleansing energy here.
The weekend had then arrived, which meant our fun time with my dear friend and soul Pisces brother, Christopher had begun.
He had generously offered to take us on a hike that he said would be a highlight of our trip and indeed it was.
We met him in between Bozeman and Gardiner, in Paradise Valley, for an epic hike – Pine Creek Trail, which is a 10 mile round trip hike, ascending 3300 feet (that doesn’t mean you are just hiking around at 3300 feet, but the gain in climb we ascended WAS 3300 feet over the course of 5 miles).
He told us of the stunning treasure at the top that awaited us, but the journey there was also incredibly beautiful and the energy kept rising as we did.
It took us past a waterfall near the 1 mile mark and through forests, across thickly dense meadows of a variety of wildflowers, amidst Faery enriched magick, across a fast flowing creek that was brrrrr invigorating, but also stinging cold, cold, cold! Woo!
We ascended the side of the mountain through mica, quartz, granite, and other beautiful stone varieties, and continued to see waterfalls and streams on and off.
We climbed and climbed, but took our time making it a deliberate, intentional pilgrimage, as this was not just a hike, but one in honor and celebration of Joy, but also had the intent of a crystal grid at the top to send out energy to all of humanity and the Earth collective.
It was an amazingly gorgeous and potently energetic journey that did not disappoint and led us to these pristine alpine lakes at the top, nestled between the mountain tops, with cascading waterfalls that flowed from one lake into another. At times there were two and three waterfalls within our sight at once.
One of the first lakes we saw had a moss covered heart rock peaking through its surface. Once again the love and support was all around.
And the lakes at top included Jewel Lake and Pine Creek Lake. I loved that one was called “Jewel” Lake, as that is one of the nicknames I call Joy – my little “Jewel” or “Jewel of the Nile”. 🙂
Along the way we saw a Garter Snake and tons of butterflies, one of which landed right on my upper chest. She was flying around us and we were watching and she circled back to me and came right at me, coming to rest on the strap of my tank top where it connected to the part that crosses the chest and gave me a butterfly kiss blessing. I was so touched and knew Joy was there with me celebrating life and sharing her love and joy through this sweet butterfly. It was also a repeat of what happened when Christopher and I were at Machu Picchu last year and a butterfly that time had flown at me and came to rest on my lips, giving me a kiss.
Anyway, it wasn’t long after we’d begun the trek that I found a giant raw quartz that compelled me to pick her up…again feeling it was a gift from Joy. She was about 5 pounds, but I decided to carry her the whole way and did. I was glad I did, as I truly feel that she helped me to do so well on this challenging uphill and long hike.
I was worried because I had immediately, only a mile in, started getting my hypo glycemia symptoms that come on randomly, but when they do it makes me very shaky and weak. We did have water and snacks with us, but it didn’t seem to subside with those, but once I started holding this quartz, I started balancing out right away and never had any episode again the entire time, plus did really well with having lots of energy for this difficult hike.
So I was grateful and knew once again Joy was supporting me.
When we arrived at the top, it was like another world and a place outside of time. Our sacred journey was so worth the effort, as what we saw before us was truly enchanting.
Definitely one of the most beautiful and incredible places was right before us…an other world, a magickal realm, a dimensional portal where nothing but that time and space existed.
We had to cross some mossy, almost tundra-like terrain, with little streams and then climb up and over some rocks to get to Pine Creek Lake – the larger of the lakes there.
We took some time just taking it all in, visually and energetically feeling into the beauty abound.
And we captured some photos in Joy and celebration of our initiation-like trek.
Christopher took this photo of me and my Joy rock too.
It was like 30 or more degrees colder up there and crisp and clear.
Christopher set his sights on where we would do the crystal grid – he had brought with him the crystals for this, along with sage and a feather for us to cleanse ourselves and the space beforehand.
He tuned in that it was a grid for humanity and the collective consciousness, so four of his crystal skulls wanted in on the intention, along with other crystals, as you see here.
While Christopher set up I felt guided to cleanse my quartz I’d been carrying with me in the lake’s sacred waters. And so I did, with intention of charging and activating a new era in my own life, as well as for Earth.
This quartz became known as my “Joy” rock, which Christopher lovingly had named as such.
Christopher led a short intentional ceremony, as we stood (me), sat (Christopher), and laid (Dave) with bare feet touching the Earth below us. I was at center just directly behind the crystal grid, facing the lake. We were aware of our Trinity energy and once again, just as in Peru, we were three creating a pyramid.
In Peru it had been two females holding the base of the pyramid, with Christopher as the integrating point. Here, it was the two males holding the base of the pyramid, with me as the integrating point. A beautiful inversion and balance created and our work there continued, along with the work Christopher has been doing in gridding different sacred spots on the Earth he’s been journeying to and along with the work I’ve been doing in sprinkling magick and intentional balancing energy where ever I have and continue to travel to.
During his share he also sweetly added that we were there to celebrate Joy and that we named this lake “Joy Lake” in her honor. I let out a deep heart and soul “aw” feeling so touched by this, but also feeling the divine perfection of this gift to her and her to humanity as a circle of life and love.
After his short intentional ceremony, we went silent and did our own meditational processes that we each felt led to do.
Visions came to me during this time, along with the intentions I was directing for the highest good of all concerned. One of the visions was this pure essence woman that was icy white, so much so that there was an underlying blue to the whiteness. At first she appeared crystalline and flowy, almost as if with wings, but then became more solid, yet still translucent, as she rose from the lake all aglow. I then got in my mind “The Lady of the Lake,” but I also felt Joy in her. She seemed like a manifestation of Joy as well, in a more human-like form, but of course otherworldly and not human at all.
I saw a Unicorn thereafter, and then Cosmic beings and what felt to be my Arcturian family.
After a while we reconvened as a group and I asked Christopher if anything had come to him.
He tells me that he had a couple of visions, but the first thing he describes and says that he saw was “The Lady of the Lake” rising from the lake and how she was all white.
I smiled huge in mouth and eyes, lighting up with excitement and said, “So did I!”
We felt complete after our sharings for a couple of minutes and Christopher lovingly put his crystals away and then took off his shirt and immersed in the freezing cold water! Woo!!
Some great renewal there indeed! I was freezing at this point in just a tank and skirt, so I only immersed my hands and feet in the water and once Christopher came back down to Earth (hehe) we trekked off for our decline back down the mountain feeling refreshed, fulfilled, and full of love and new vision.
Of course our descent was much quicker, but we still took our time and took breaks, making the whole day very intentional and full of presence and nurturing for the entire experience and journey, making the pilgrimage last about 7 hours.
It was beautiful and perfect and still lingers and integrates within us.
We returned home after, knowing we were all physically ready for some good rest and knowing we’d be having some soreness the next day.
The next day, we each were pretty tired still from the magnitude of it all, but surprisingly not as sore as we thought.
It was travel day for Dave and I, as we were leaving our Yellowstone River front home in Gardiner for our city site in Bozeman.
And the rest of our days there were then mixed with a balance of both city and nature fun.
We also got to continue seeing Christopher over the course of the next three days, which was very nice and he introduced us to some cool restaurants, told us about the city and things to do, and gave us some ideas on day explorations.
During these days we enjoyed lunch twice! (because it was so good) at Starky’s Authentic Americana where I sampled my first vegan Reuben sandwich.
It took coming to Bozeman, Montana with these two great guys to do it! According to Dave it was hands down the best vegan Reuben he’d ever had and he’s a big Reueben fan. I’m glad I waited. 🙂 It was made from in-house fresh baked rye bread that was like it just came out of the oven and yummy sauer kraut with so real seitan we had to make sure it was vegan. They even bake their own chips which we enjoyed with two fresh salsa mixes… One with corn, black bean, mango, onion, and tomato.. super yum!
We also enjoyed a short hike on Gallagator Trail that runs through Bozeman along a creek where amazing giant dandelions stirred the magick in my heart, we discovered a community garden with plots that local residents can rent for a mere $44 a year and with all the free water they need (after receiving $40 back if they clear and return their plot at the end of the season to its natural and ready state) – a retiree was working his plot and we stopped to have a lovely chat with him and learned much, we came across a pollinator area the city planted to bring in bees, butterflies, etc. and info on how that helps the area, and sat on a bench while dandelion seeds blew through the air around and above us, dancing in the sunlight like in Avatar, which was truly magickal.
I tried to capture them aglow blowing all around and above us in the light…if you look closely at the last photo of the sunlight, you can see some specks of white in the air.
We also rode our mountain bikes on Bozeman Creek Trail in Sourdough Canyon.
I did 10 miles of the 16 and Dave did 18 (2 extra miles because he had to go fetch the air pump when he discovered me walking my bike back with a flat tire. We decided to do this trail at our own individual paces and I went 5 miles to the bridge over the river only, as I was needing to take the day easy and enjoyed the reflection time at a slow pace, taking in the river that ran alongside the trail.
The flat tire happened on the way down, about 1/3 in to my return, which was disappointing that I couldn’t glide back, but also made the walk back even more intentional and provided opportunity to meet up with another Garter Snake that was crossing my path. Lots of transformation at hand indeed.
Cosmo had his vet appointment and minor surgery at a great rabbit vet in the area – again so grateful and he’s doing amazing. Will share more about him at a later time.
We met Christopher again for dinner at Red Tractor Pizza – an artisan, hand-tossed, brick oven pizzeria sourced as close by as possible with organic, gluten and dairy free ingredients including an organic sprouted Montana grains as crust option, which we had. We sampled a custom made large pizza – half crispy baby kale, rosemary butternut squash, and brussels sprouts and half olives, jalapenos, pineapple, and caramelized onions on spicy red sauce with just a super light dusting of vegan cheese. Another delicious find here in Bozeman in case anyone ever travels through. We also sampled the Flathead Lake Handcrafted Huckleberry Soda – Huckleberries are a big thing in Montana.
And we ended off our time in Bozeman with a short, gentle stroll immersion in the wetlands of Cherry River and shared a beautiful evening at Bogert Farmers’ Market as a bitter sweet closure to our time with Christopher – for now.
These are some of my goodies I took home from the Farmers’ Market, which just so happened to be held at the the beginning of Gallagator Trailhead where Dave and I had explored – mustard greens and baby kale for cosmo, white kale for salads, gluten free bread made with coconut oil and coconut milk for warm breakfast goodness, vegan blueberry peach pie (we ate part of for dessert after our pan-fired vegetable soba noodle dinner on the lawn by the creek), and beautiful fragrant peonies from Christopher.
Feeling much gratitude for everything during this healing time and especially for Christopher being there during one of my toughest times, and for more than words can express.
Yesterday we began our journey onward with a stop along the way at an RV and truck repair shop to get some work done before heading to our next stop in Helena, Montana.
We ended up being there nearly 9 hours, taking a break at a local Indian restaurant. It provided some transition time and work space.
They have a big employee lounge we were able to work in while the animals stayed in the RV and I checked in on Cosmo to give him his meds.
What we didn’t anticipate was all of the employees’ animals that come to work with them including two cats, two dogs AND a calf.
Caterpillar, one of the cats, literally adopted us and was curled in my lap, holding my chest like a bear cub, licking away and laying all over our computers. He wouldn’t leave me alone, lol. Perhaps he felt the need to give me healing love as much as he is attracted to the healing love and Reiki from me.
But divine alignment seemed to also be with the calf, as this little one came a month too early and is in need of round the clock care while hopefully her lungs develop. Her mother was trying too hard to help and was endangering her so they had to remove her and take care of her themselves.
They knew we had animals, lost a rabbit, and had one that went through surgery so they knew we would appreciate this little one so they brought us to her.
I asked if it was alright to do some energy work for her which they invited fully and I called upon Joy, Nestor and Gaia to assist as I usually do.
Whether this will help provide peace, energetic guidance for her path of choice, or strength to keep going, I feel the timing to be synchronous and once again saw the message of where there is death there is life and the cycles of nature continue to flow.
Grateful to have the honor to be there for this little one and to receive healing love too.
The circle of life and giving and receiving is in beautiful flow and yes, life goes on.
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