I've been back in London a couple of days and I'm already spending my evening packing for my trip to Berlin. ✈️ Whilst I adore travelling, I'm truly looking forward to being able to spend a few uninterrupted weeks in this city I call home after my jaunt in Germany this weekend. 🇩🇪
↠ Shiprock, New Mexico...
Standing at 7,177 feet above sea level, Shiprock, or “winged rock”, plays a significant role in Navajo religion, myth, and tradition.
Driving to Shiprock, NM, was an adventure in and of itself; after visiting the Four Corners Monument and standing in four states at the same time, I quickly tried to beat the storm and drove to Shiprock. Because of how muddy the backroads were, my trusted 4-wheel-drive Jeep babe, Christiana, swiveled off the road: I ended up stuck in a ditch in the middle of Nowhere, New Mexico... after stressing out for about 5 minutes, embracing the good and excitement and mishaps of road-tripping, and resolving myself to find a way out, I picked 6 massive rocks up and piled them behind my back wheels, hoping that this would work. I revved up my Jeep, gained some speed (while unfortunately driving over some native flora), and got back on the muddy tracks...
15 minutes later, I was looking at Shiprock on my left, and some snowed in mountains to my right. Everything was good.
Sometimes the plans you’ve made begin to take a different course. I used to fight it and force situations that were no longer in my power to force. I think it’s very important to plan and work towards achieving goals. But it’s also important to be realistic and know that there are just somethings you can’t control. Work towards accomplishing whatever goals you have but recognize when its time to give it rest. There is a whole lot of trust involved in this. Trust in yourself that you’ve literally done everything you possibly can to get to where you are going. Trust in the situation itself. Most importantly, trust in passing those goals/ situations/ trials over to God. Trust is not easy and that’s ok. It’s in those moments when we find it difficult to trust that we in fact build it. @samciurdar and @amandaciurdar I don’t think you guys understand what you’ve taught me the past couple of days. Watching you two graciously handle a period of waiting has reminded me to do the same. Love you guys! 🤘🏼
The vernal pools are alive with the sound of frog music! It’s far from peak -- there are still pools with ice cover that haven’t started -- but growing numbers of Western chorus frogs and a few peepers are singing their hearts out in this final day of winter and first days of spring. These tiny frogs are in a pool along the Wabash-Cannonball Trail.⠀
Photo by @artweber.photos
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in travelling abroad that it can be easy to forget just how beautiful my own country is 🇬🇧