This past week in Jasper National Park has continued with more beautiful animal encounters, which always ends up being one of the main highlights for me, as the connection they share with me is most valuable and meaningful in my life. Medicine and messages came through a variety of souls in animal bodies including bighorn sheep, elk, golden eagle, geese, golden ducks, loons, bald eagle, coyote, butterflies, frogs, dragonflies, squirrels, trout, and deer. Again, I’m not always able to capture every moment and animal in a photo share, however I do believe those I do are the ones who have something to share for us all.
And if you missed last week’s incredible animal guides that showed up in the Lake Louise and Banff National Park area, you can see them here:
We’ve spent the last several days immersed in the heart-inspiring beauty of Estes Park, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park…definitely a place I’d welcome visiting again, as there’s so much to explore and it mirrors the essence of all that I love. Yet, once again, our time spent was fulfilling and our experiences were soul-aligned and perfect. I leave taking with me the enchantment it awakened further within and feeling the activation of more of my essence coming alive.
I loved this area very much and enjoyed the variety of weather shifts we experienced within each day from sunshine and warmth to end-of-Spring showers and even hail, as we ascended into nearly 10,000 elevation along snowy and icy trails.
The drive into Estes Park alone was spectacular and I instantly felt an energetic shift and lightness in this area.
We even found a cool little pizza place sitting right on the river – Poppy’s Pizza and Grill – where they had vegan cheese and pepperoni for a little indulgence at lunch.
We added yummy pineapple to ours. 😉
Our home site for the days we enjoyed here was one of the most incredible with sweeping vista looking into Rocky Mountain National Park, large space to enjoy outdoor picnic table time, and beautiful sunsets, which greeted us on our first evening.
From meadows of wildflowers with streams running through them, lush forests of varied trees, rushing creeks, still beaver ponds, enchanted lakes (with cool names like Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Bear Lake), and forceful waterfalls, to rocky, tree and snow covered peaks….pure magick.
Elk were everywhere and emerged out of enchanted sunlit forest sanctuaries, while Mule Deer sat in hidden stillness or danced along the edges of forest hills.
We even had fun with a playful and very curious little chipmunk and giggled at squirrels that kept running back and forth across our path ahead, seeming to taunt us to follow, keeping just steps ahead, disappearing and then reappearing again as they zig-zagged back and forth.
More and more we feel to be communing as one with Nature and that our hearts are synergizing in the dance of life increasingly.
Rather than say too much, once again, I feel to share a photo story of our time here and allow you to immerse yourself in the energy for yourself and what it reflects for you.
When next you hear from me we’ll be in Wyoming, as this concludes, for now, our time in Colorado.
We will miss it, but the journey urges forward and all that we’ve experienced is integrated into our hearts and souls.
I continue to excite at what is next and what land will end up calling us most in the end.
In the words of Willy Wonka (and one of my favorite quotes):
“The suspense is terrible! I hope it will last!” 😉
As we integrate and shift, so too does our environment and the expressions of energy in our lives. This happens more literally these days for me, since we started living as nomads following the callings of our hearts. We continually experience dramatic changes in our surroundings, weather, and what moves in and out energetically. I love the rapid, tangible, and visible reflections that mirror how energy continuously flows.
We journeyed about 3 hours yesterday from Mesa Verde to our new home in Ouray, which took us on a beautiful transitioning drive through a snow storm and reaching 11,000 elevation at our highest ascension, coming to rest around 7800 currently.
Our new home is stunning, sitting in a valley between mountains, at the edge of a rolling river just steps from our RV, forest green all around, two waterfalls flowing from the steep rock cliffs behind us, and beautiful snow capped mountain tops to our left, which have received more white powder since our arrival.
The air is refreshing and the energy is abundant and inspiring. I love watching and listening to the sound of the water flowing through and am whisked to heights of imagination and expansion by the towering peaks around.
We arrived between seasons, which makes it serene and our time with Nature in solitude. The RV park has only just opened and even the bustling Telluride seemed like a ghost town upon our visit in the afternoon.
There are numerous ghost towns in all of these areas – Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride – nestled in between the mountains, which were old mining towns in their days, so they are rich with their own history.
After settling in and having lunch we decided to explore the popular ski resort of Telluride, which is lined with colorful Victorian homes and storefronts to include over 60 restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. The Mountain Village resort area is known for its European alpine elegance.
I loved the individual uniqueness and old-world style of architecture, including the rainbow of different colors to each house.
And the drive over was incredibly picturesque as well, with green-carpeted pastures and majestic mountains all around, rolling streams, falls, and trees in abundance.
We had done some cleaning out and happened to have our box of things to donate in the back of the car. And along the way in Ridgway we happened upon Second Chance Humane Society Thrift Store, where we dropped our donations and picked up a few items – shorts and a book for Dave, a hiking dress for me, and two DVDS all for $18. So not only did we find some cool bargains, but did so while supporting the local no-kill animal shelter.
And animals were abundant indeed, as we saw tons of cattle and horses in the pastures along the way, as well as were blessed to see some bighorn sheep and four large herds of elk – nearly 200 in total.
At one point I counted a herd over over 60 that were all laying in the same pasture with the cattle. So beautiful!
We drove through Telluride’s streets, picked up some local magazines and walked a nature trail.
It skirts around Beaver Pond where you can see a beaver lodge and geese, and then stopped in at Clark’s Grocery Store on the way out, which had a great selection of organic and vegan yums.
Our time here will be different than the ancient integration of some of our last homes, but it feels refreshing, nourishing, and inspiring to the soul to be in our element here, as we love the altitude, mountains, water, trees, and abundance of wildlife.
I have felt on hold with some of my creative projects for a while, likely due to the energy needed to be integrated at the last places and so much deep and ancient soul retrieval going on.
This feels to be more reflective of flow, softness, rest, and renewal….which sparks my creative juices to get jumping back into things with all that I’ve opened to and embraced.
Ouray and the area is laced with hot springs, which we will definitely “soak in” while here.
Today we went on a most stunning hike….my favorite yet…but I’ll save a full post for that tomorrow, which will likely just be all photos so you can fill in the experience and energy yourself…but wow!
The surroundings were everything I love and magickal through and through – so much so that it brought me to tears.
Incredible waterfalls and rock carved canyons where the water flowed, majestic snow capped peaks, rocky cliffs, lush forests, blossoms, areas that looked like the tundra in Alaska, enchanting fields….
Five bighorn sheep got our attention by knocking rocks down the cliff too. We thought it was an avalanche, but there they stood and just watched us. And after connecting with them we walked through a tunnel in the mountain at the other end of a bridge that crossed the canyon and water below us, a rare sighting of a black fox with white tipped tail happened.
It ran across our path and stopped by a tree just watching us and connecting…I learned that these are so rare and said to be a genetic flaw that dates back hundreds of years. The fox is really a red fox that stays black and never turns red.
I’d never seen a fox in the wild, let alone a black one that was so curious and oh so magickal!!! There was even a little magickal light near its tail that appears in a photo.
Anyway, I could go on and on about today, but I’ll end there with these little snippets and will let the photos do the rest of the talking tomorrow.
Needless to say we are loving it here and are definitely in our element.
But back to yesterday….
The last thing we saw on our way home last evening was this door in the side of the rock mountain.
Dave immediately said it reminded him of “the door to the Lonely Mountain” in The Hobbit, which was a gateway to the Dwarf kingdom.
And so it is that a new portal invites me yet again.
I felt I was entering it today on our incredulous journey along roughly 6 miles of Ouray Perimeter Trail.
New magick is afoot!