! I spotted them crossing the street and pounced. It was so great to see them (more on them later)! Bonus #3 was in the row of booths at the festival, we found a couple fun things to buy AND, Whole Foods was giving away coconut and mango popsicles - NICE! We meandered away from the festival and continued to explore different attractions in the old downtown area and really enjoyed our day. Back to the Super 8 for some in-room dining, courtesy of Kristen's 'travel on da cheap' philosophy and some final quality time. The next morning it was, OF COURSE, difficult to bid our goodbyes at the tiny airport and we did a pretty good job of "keeping it together." Back to Ft. Lauderdale for Laura and back to the Super 8 for me to repack and gather all the luggage and check out. This evening I went over to Nicole and Gabriel's for a great (Italian, no joke) dinner, wine and catch up conversation. Stayed with them for 2 nights and cannot believe that i didn't get ANY photos, dang it! It was wonderful spending time again and such a pleasure to meet sister Grace too. Grace was in the process of moving into a guest house apartment of a Frank Lloyd Wright home and boy, what a treat it was to see inside that unique architecture! Good stuff, thanks again kids, come on down to Ft. Lauderdale so I can host YOU!!
OK...so, it's 6/28...now, where am i headed? I have several days to play with until my next gig outside of Denver, CO on July 2
. Oh, ok, so, which warning light on my control panel has been yelling at me to check it for about the last 3 days? Thermostat! Probably a good idea to have someone take a peek. 3 hours, $135 and a new thermostat later, I can finally hit the road and head north to one of my favorite states! Remember my new friend Rita, from set up crew? We had several interesting and inspiring conversations about her mom, who cured herself from cancer by really getting in tune with what she was eating and continuing with her passion for practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga. Why not pay HER a visit and see what interesting and life enhancing things we (meaning you and i) can learn! Up we go - 5 hours to Gunnison, CO, elevation 7,400...getting used to these heights. this was an enjoyable drive, once i was out of the slow moving traffic in NM which was heading out of the smoke from the fires that started on the very same mountain we were on for Solstice, about 3 miles from where we were. Big, strong fire, cleansing the land. Just about 10 miles across the border into CO, the landscape already started getting greener and more beautiful. Staying with Rita and her mom was another wonder-filled experience. So much so, that I decided to get out the video camera - the real one - and start filming some of the amazing things that Brenda is doing in her world. She has an inspirational story and i felt the need to capture it. There might be a Documentary Film in the works...a girl really has got to share all this inspiration - in additional formats than just this lil ole blog here
. : ) The time spent talking about "raw foods" and "superfoods" and yoga and physical, spiritual and mental health was beautiful and i truly feel honored to have had that opportunity to hang out with Brenda not only at her home in Gunnison, but we tripped a half hour North to the stunning town of Crested Butte for a yoga class and dinner (again, no photos - this time it was dark and rainy, so no camera, dang it!), and then drove East to Salida and stayed there for 2 nights. She spends her weekend time in Salida because her boyfriend, Paul lives there above a storefront area where they educate on and sell superfoods and host yoga classes. It's a great space and they have a lot of neat ideas. She hosts an event on the first Friday of each new month, where people come to their studio, take a yoga class and then enjoy a delicious raw food dinner she prepares throughout the day. The town is small, health conscious and comes complete with a sparky little night life filled with live music. After dinner, we spontaneously decided to walk on down to The Salida Cafe. Oh boy, it was brimming with folks who enjoyed swinging their bodies to every note played from a local zydeco/bluegrass band. After observing about 4-5 dances, my face was sore from the perma-grin those folks plastered there. Part of what made it so enjoyable is that the participants ranged in age from 6 - 96, with just as many men dancing as women...and, get this, they were not drunk! They were just out and about, enjoying each other's company and the good, clean, simple fun provided in this town
. This was great proof that men enjoy dancing too - and they don't have to be gay or drunk! The next morning, we captured some video that showcased some main superfoods and also opened up for a personal interview about beating cancer. This is where i learned more about the doctor she was raving about since day 1 - so much so, that i decided to call and see if there were any chance he may have a cancelation i could slide into. Blessings again - Friday at 1:00.
This doctor offers a unique mixture of knowledge and experience around herbal therapy, massage therapy, psychology, and he is accompanied by an amazing quantum biofeedback machine that can tell us just about anything in the whole wide world about each person's individual body and how the systems are doing. He and his wife have a secluded, tidy office and retreat center where people drive long distances to seek their expertise and keep their calendar booked! First up for this new patient a finger prick, 1 drop of wet blood placed on a slide and slid under a super microscope, then a second slide where 6 more drops were set aside to dry and be examined for different things. WET BLOOD showed several interesting things, namely....WORMS, Stongyloides to be exact. Yes, I just told the whole world, I have worms...you, my people, my readers are gold and therefore, privy to some rather personal things...I think that is what keeps you coming back
! So, yep, i have worms, seemingly a pretty healthy clan who have been thriving in this temple for a while. My hunch is i picked them up in Italy...and for the record, i swear i answered those immigration questions in full truth, as i did not know i was importing any live animals! Doc said many people have worms and don't know it and he thought mine may more likely be from eating sushi. Hmmm? Maybe i just don't WANT to believe this. These critters pose a sassy threat because they steal the nutrients before my body can absorb them. As a result, i am iron deficient/Anemic (i even saw the sickle cells!) and very mineral deficient. The other havoc they wreak is that their excrement floats around in my blood stream and that poison is creating way too much acid in my blood. Remedies - a 3 month herbal blend to knock out the worms, some Super Enzymes to help nutrient and protein absorption and 2 liquid products to balance the PH from overly acid to more alkaline. DRY BLOOD showed metal toxicity - from silver dental filings, bowel toxicity from worms, lymphatic congestion from living in a toxic environment and mineral deficiency from those thieving worms. All good information - and all things I don't think most doctors would examine...another testament to alternative medical care with homeopathic remedies. Another recommendation was to start on the "Eat for your Blood Type" eating plan. He gave me a booklet outlining which foods work in my O type blood as medicines, which are neutral and which are poisons. Ahoy...more changes! : )
Whew! These 6 days of the trip were packed with positive education and answers for life improvements I never imagined...and to think, these 6 days were a last second, unplanned adventure. Lesson: be flexible and follow your intuition. Stay tuned...next stop is my first WWOOF farm in the USA.
6/ 25 - 7/2 Well, golly...it's June 25, Laura's final full day in New Mexico. What to do, what to do? Let's check out the town...here we are, a coupla gals, just strolling along a wonderful little Farmers Market on a beautiful day in Santa Fe and what do we stumble upon at the end of the row of vendors? I'll give ya a hint...there were a LOT of rainbow colors, vehicles and horses and floats with "happy" men and women waving, throwing candy and singing, "We Are Family." Yep, you guessed it! We found ourselves fitting right into the Santa Fe Gay Pride Festival! This is not typically my "scene" yet, it was an entertaining site which included several bonuses. Bonus #1: We ran into Carrie and Andra (and her parents). Carrie is my good friend Amy's sister, from Milwaukee, who I've known since college...great to see those two rockstars here in their new home town. Ya know who else calls Santa Fe "home?" Well, that leads us to Bonus #2 - Reunion Time...remember the fun couple i mentioned in last summer's blog? We met, WWOOFed and toured Sicily together...YES...Nicole and Gabriel