Reunions and Renewals ~ Adventures that Knock on Your Faery Heart for More
Well, it’s been a jam packed week and a half since last I posted, so I thought I’d sit down and put into words a summary overview of things that have unfolded as a way to catch up and also reflect on some of the energetics that have been journeyed through, since each piece always speaks volumes more than meets the eye. I imagine you might also continue to feel like an extraordinary amount of things are being experienced in a condensed period. It feels like much more than just time flying. It’s an acceleration that is merging everything at once and blurring the lines between things so it’s more unified.
As I mentioned before going offline this week, we had some special visitors heading our way and I noted how even the days leading up to their arrival were indicative of transformative energies underway.
It all began on the evening of Thursday the 8th when we went down for an evening of free “Music on the Beach” and were greeted by double rainbow eye portals in the sky, that framed our rainbow umbrella.
This came a couple of hours after quite the rock and roll here, as a 6.0 earthquake shook the house. It was centered about an hour away and was the largest we’ve felt, to date. We’ve never felt any earthquakes here until the last year, so again, indicative of more Earth shifts mirroring the transformation of the collective consciousness.
Friday the 9th was then the New Moon, and it also happened to be our friend’s birthday who was about to arrive. Part of the timing of this trip was in fact to celebrate his birthday. And all I remember is that my energy was through the roof that night of the New Moon. I actually was up the latest I ever have been, but was so naturally wired and alert. And when I went to bed, I continued to be so activated that it took me a long time to fall asleep. I ended up only sleeping a few hours, but felt completely fine the next morning. Other things were activated by the New Moon as well, but they all seemed to be supportive in speeding things up and making room for the new.
Saturday the 10th was a big day of discovering nature treasures (8 in all!) along the way of our daily nature outing, but the most potent being a perfect, large raven feather with gorgeous peacock sheen.
I haven’t found any raven feathers in years, but the few I have found in the past were never as lovely as this one. That also felt like an infusion of extra magickal energy indicative of big shifts in motion. That day was fully packed with outdoor exercise followed by relaxing time at the lake park, where there was a surprise free music event going on. We felt like we were in a flow of alignment and that continued all week as well.
That evening was also the second appearance this year of my sweet, wild rabbit friend, Hope, as she was on our front lawn when we drove up to the house.
Her presence then continued to grace the next morning when she popped in on Astrid and me, as you can see.
I was sitting at my desk with Astrid laying next to my feet, when suddenly something caught the corner of my eye and there she was peering in on us. She stayed at the sliding glass door for a few minutes and both she and Astrid had their ears cocked listening for the tiny nuances of energy running between us all. It was the sweetest thing ever! And then after connecting a while, she made her way off into the garden and down the yard.
Synchronously, I had just picked up the two new, little garden stones at the store the day before while grocery shopping and one is a “Hope” stone.
I found the perfect spot for them and when I posted a photo of them on Instagram, it prompted KC (you may recall her as Bean from past posts) to realize why she had picked up a certain visitor that felt out of place at her home. She hadn’t realized how many gnomes I had and so she told me she had a friend who wanted to join us at the Forest Portal because he was melting in the Arizona heat and sun and wanted to live in the mountainous four seasons.
So, they surprised me upon arrival with this Forest Gnome who traveled with them from Lake Havasu and now resides over the garden here. I love him!
It was also Sunday when Dave and I realized we were in a time warp, as we both thought our friends were arriving that day. So, we had been getting everything ready and in order. I had just baked a special birthday cake, even, for their arrival.
It was my first time ever vegan Neapolitan bundt cake that I was determined I wanted to make and figured it out! It was three layers of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry swirled together with a chocolate ganache glaze.
Long story around this weird mix-up with the days, but we were literally surprised, or even shocked, when we texted to ask our friends’ ETA to find out it was the next day and not that one. LOL!
So many details had been overlooked, but created a timeline jump of its own that ended up opening a lot of extra space and relaxing, leading up to our week together. And likely was all part of many alignments that unfolded over the week, as well. But that breather space proved important, as our days were fully, and action, packed. It also made for a beach day to rest and absorb the Tahoe waters on the day we thought they were to arrive.
With our days mixed up, we had extra time, so I was able to also bake my best batch yet of chocolate chip orange cookies.
This time I added barberries and a muesli mix, but extra orange essence made for super yum! And we got in another hike before they arrived. We left early in the morning and got on the trail the earliest we have, which ended up gifting us with a deer sighting – something that is very rare to have happen on trails here and especially later when more people are hiking. You can see her center of the photo below between the trees.
(Side note: Incidentally, last evening I saw a majestic buck with full antlers and black striped tail along our way out to an event, which was a first as we always see does. That felt particularly full circle and powerful. Also reflective because I have a full antlered buck pendant I had been paying special attention to the last days and here he appeared in the flesh. And his antlers also perfectly mirrored the faery crown I found and wore that you’ll see shortly.)
Anyway, the extra space we had before they actually arrived also gave me time to create some wildflower faery bouquets to grace our space.
We had a bunch of wildflowers growing along the edges of our front yard, but due to our both cleaning up the front before letting the lawn go fully and deciding to stop watering altogether except for our beds to help with the drought and just return things to nature, I decided to bring them in. They were on their last leg of blooming and since I planted tons of wildflowers for the pollinators in my gardens and yards, I thought they’d be nice to enjoy for the week – they’re actually still going strong in the vases right now. The house came with the lawn, and although we’ve tried clover, it’s only partially doing what we had hoped. So, we are looking at ways to return it to a more natural terrain step by step.
And speaking of a return to nature, this past week was a deep dive into all the highlights we could muster up of Earthy goodness and adventures galore to share with our friends so they could check off some of their bucket list items and we could enjoy some of the best the area has to offer. It’s been a reunion treat having the week off with these two amazing souls who came out to share a place we all love.
They have both lived here during three year’s of back-to-back Summer months while they were full-time RVing it like we were. I’m not sure if you recall that story, but we both were adventuring at the same time in our RVs and we met the year we decided to settle back in Tahoe. We’d known each other for years online, but here is where the stars aligned for our meeting in person and we discovered how much we all had in common – the rest is history.
Everyday this last week was for the explorer at heart from morning to evening. We mixed it up between water and land activities, along with relaxing time.
Our week started off on the 12th with relaxing and catching up on our back Forest Portal deck where we planned the week’s expeditions too. They had yet to see our house all finished, as when they saw it we just closed on the house and they got a walk-through of the before. This was the second time, however, to connect with Astrid in person and they loved seeing how much she evolved. They were actually here when I first brought her home and now she was a snuggle bunny enjoying having them around and they, her, since they had to leave their bunny son, Nova at home. Having their own rescue rabbit made connecting even more meaningful for them all, since they have come to understand and deepen with bunnies through that journey. I loved seeing Astrid connect with them everyday, binkying with joy, playing, wanting love and snuggles, and giving it too!
And from Tuesday on through the end of Saturday it was a fully packed Sierra Nevada adventure.
We kicked things off with kayaking down the upper Truckee River with Class 1 and a few Class 2 rapids, followed by vegan burgers and sampling the new vegan ice cream menu in town where we all ordered rolled ice cream!
Then our first hiking adventure commenced the next day on one of our favorites where we had the 9 mile trail all to ourselves. We only saw 13 people the whole day, but they were either at the end of the trail near the parking lot, close to the end of the trail near the lake, or across the lake that was our destination.
This trail was quite magickal and the photos reflected the faery essence beaming off of us.
Check out KC’s glow – she’s been activated returning to the mountain forests. But the glow around everything was wild! Even the flowers were beaming and we each had a different aura – hers whites and blues and mine a subtle earthy orange.
We found faery forest bracelets – the guys did too. I absolutely love this photo Clint (Happy) took of us. The faery energy was strong on this hike not only creating glowing auras around the two of us, but in this photo there’s a shapeshifting quality that made our faces and bodies more elongated and even accentuated faery ears on KC!
And I even found a forest faery crown I wore the entire time after finding it.
Wearing it felt very natural to me. I ended up keeping it because it fit my head perfectly.
A woman later remarked as we passed her, “You’ve become one with the forest.” 🙂
We had a great time and were grateful for the peace and quiet to just connect with each other and nature.
Even the boys always have tons of fun, as you can see.
After the hike we decided to relax a bit at a park lake we go to here and enjoyed our spot on the lawn under the giant juniper tree, sharing some laughs as always, taking in some lake wonders (I’ll share more later on some of that), exploring, and even finding a new Farmer’s Market taking place that we explored and KC and Clint “bumped” into a friend they had met while they lived here in the Summer on their RV time. KC felt it might happen, and it did! That was the first of the friend alignments that took place.
Thursday then got us up and out on a drive to the beautiful American River about an hour and forty-five minutes away for some white water rafting on class 2 and 3 rapids. I was happy to have my friends with me, since I get anxiety on rapids these days. This photo was taken at the end of the exhilarating journey.
We don’t have photos yet from the adventure itself, as they were professionally taken at certain “high” points along the river. But I assure you they are wet and wild with fun faces galore! In many of them, you can’t even see us because of the huge white water wave crashing over us.
Friday we took the day off, since rafting had us all quite beat and sore – in a good way – and made it a full beach day of relaxing, sun, sand, and water. We even ordered to-go Thai food and enjoyed it there. This day also aligned us with seeing a sweet friend of mine and birthday twin – as we share the same birthday just two years apart.
I was honored to teach her Reiki 3 last December and that’s where she also met KC online, so it was a Reiki Master reunion. We had originally planned to hike instead of beach this day, but given our need to rest we went for our favorite spot on the beach. It just so happened that Camilla had talked her introverted self to take herself on a beach date, driving up from Reno, and was led to the same spot. She was there before us and then heard my voice when we got on the beach and we giggled in delight over the synchronicity of being “in the flow.”
It was at the end of our day on the beach that we noticed the fire cloud over the mountain from a huge fire down in the valley that has been burning since fourth of July from a lightning strike. We hadn’t had any indication of it until then and as you can see on our hike-to-follow, that cloud made for some dramatic skyscapes above the range in the distance.
This is fire season, but with droughts increasing this year, it’s been thought this will be an even rougher year all across the states. The fire maps are already showing that, as you likely may know. We were grateful not to have smoke-filled air for their visit, but seeing or hearing of any fires is always sad and unnerving when near – so much destruction on all fronts, or potential destruction. I’ve been focusing a lot of energy toward sending Reiki and doing Reiki Healing Attunements, as my part in trying to support all the fire zones.
Then Saturday we were back at hiking what is likely my favorite hike around here.
Although, they all are amazing in their own way, but this one has the best of everything. Because this hike is both on the PCT – Pacific Crest Trail – and TRT – Tahoe Rim Trail, there are more thru-hikers, but it was still peaceful and filled with 10.4 miles of varied terrain and still enough Summer wildflowers to make it enchanting.
We were even gifted the very last wild iris remaining in my favorite meadow where the only large wild iris field blooms for a short window each Summer season.
We then ended the day with an evening of Shakespeare on the Beach – the first opening show of the season and the first show since closing for the pandemic in 2020.
It was packed full of giggly fun comedy, beautiful backdrops (although you can still see that fire cloud spreading – and no, KC and I didn’t plan the matching aqua tops), and sneaking in a surprise sandwich kiss for Dave – I don’t think he minded, do you?
In between it all we spent time on our back deck, in my garden while I watered and shared all of the plant and faery friends with them, eating yummies both that I made, we packed up, or picked up along the way, and some night time new series watching together, too. I even had the chance one evening to take KC on a short hike out back on our second to last day, just so she could see our go-to trail.
Check out the evening sunset lighting up the lake through the trees.
And you better believe we had some magickal encounters and a lot of nature treasure finds along the way.
On Wednesday, while I was watering in the evening, I stumbled upon this beauty in my front yard rock garden. I immediately called KC over and she was able to get these photos for me, since mine was inside.
I love my watering time, as it’s such a peaceful part of the day for connecting with my plants and the garden and forest creatures. I have frequently seen garter snakes slithering along the rocks, driveway, and garden path or sunning themselves, but this was the first time for finding a rubber boa in the yard.
It made me so happy. It’s only the third time total I’ve come across a rubber boa here in Tahoe. The other two times were on hikes and they were more coppery in color. But to know one has made our home her home makes me smile. All the snakes in Tahoe are not poisonous and that includes these beauties.
What was amazing about her is that she had just eaten and was digesting her meal. You could see the bulge in her body where that was taking place. Seeing her felt significant, energetically, and the symbolism of her state of being did as well. She stayed in this rock area the whole time I watered and I think I discovered her little home.
I hope she’ll continue making an appearance. I just love her.
But right before her, on the same day just a couple hours earlier, we’d just seen more incredible miracles of Nature.
Look at these amazing little guys we were surrounded by when at the park lake. KC and I went down to the water to soak our feet and these frogs were lined up for the sunset show to begin at water’s edge.
We both had never seen this in-between stage before, but they were frogs maturing from tadpole still with their tails. It made them look very sci-fi and even dragon-like.
They were all lined up on the shore and would take a swim, then return. It was so awesome watching them swim with powerful grace then sit with such presence and awareness on the beach.
It was very surreal like little extraterrestrial beings demonstrating the miracle of life right before our eyes.
Between them in their in-between stage, and the rubber boa also seen digesting, there’s a sense of things in process right now and moving forward, assimilating and integrating for the next stage of the journey.
There were feathers galore to be found as well (Goose, Steller’s Jay, Robin, Mallard, but my favorites were these two – a Grouse and Northern Flicker.
Each piece and every day held some kind of messenger and gift, as well as supportive energy for the present and days to come. It all held meaning for me and what’s unfolding, even if I have yet to see it all from here.
And no sooner than it all began, we found ourselves on Sunday morning saying our farewells with bitter sweetness.
Although it was quite a full week, it only fueled the desire for further life-enriching adventures on all fronts. Although we do live by our hearts, a rekindling of certain things we hold dear resurfaced with vigor and it activated my faery heart to want and dream more.
I’m revisiting some things from the last several years that stood out to me as key moments and endeavors, reviewing some choices, and feeling into how to integrate them more fully now, too.
KC and Clint left just in time, as that day the smoke engulfed the area and it was very foreboding looking. It has since cleared more, but unfortunately the fire is still not contained. The air quality will be fluctuating over the weeks to come and precautions will remain necessary to stay aware and conscious of.
I plan to use any downtime we may not be able to get outside (although so far the air quality remains good) to focus on completing extracurricular projects, the last sacred tattoo design commission I have and sessions, and clearing the slate fully for a fresh start. Looking forward to getting back to blog inspirations that have been percolating too.
We had thunder storms looming in the distance yesterday and it cooled down hugely with even a little drizzle. I’m hoping for rain and no lightning.
But what I did notice on that morning they left, as I went out to water my garden early, was that my towering lily plants (they are now 56 inches+) had bloomed!
And my first heirloom tomatoes were ready!
I was wondering when that would take place and it was the day they left and the day things in the air looked bleak. I thought to myself, “how perfect this is”…reminding me of when my birthday irises bloomed in the snow when the pandemic started.
A little piece of hope blooming in the middle of what looks like gloom.
Just like my new hope stone’s message in the garden.
Just like my sweet friend, Hope, messages me each time I see her.
The in-person adventures with our friends may have come to a close for now, but the memories and connection last forever.
We had a blast the last week with our dear friends, but we look forward to more adventures still to come. It was a very renewing week for all of us that both refreshed us and sparked inspiration and visions for greater possibilities. Personally, it also anchored in the key things for me that returned to the forefront.
Grateful for such incredible friends who bring out the best in each other. I feel blessed to have so many beautiful connections with wonderful souls.
Remember to cherish every moment as fully as you can, doing the things you love and that are your heart’s fulfillment, as we’re never promised more than this moment.
I no longer say, “one day I’ll do such and such…”
That day is right here and now.
However you feel called to fuel your heart, do that.
Savor everything with great presence.
Look for the silver linings.
And foster hope in between.