The wind took the rest

What sweat and Angel’s left behind, the wind took away today.  That little bit left on the plate after you lick it clean was removed completely by the desert wind.  In the place of BS, sand was left.  Today was filled with discovering the beautiful things Mother Nature does with wind, water, sand, time and pressure.  The Antelope Canyons are breathtakingly beautiful.  You simply cannot take a bad picture in there.  Walking up to the Horseshoe Bend is a spectacular surprise.  As you walk along this sand trail you can see this wonderful landscape off in the distance and then you suddenly find yourself on the edge of a cliff with a view like no other.  The wind picked up while on that trail and did not slow until I set foot in my Airbnb home for the night.

I found a final hike for the day along the rim of the city.  You can see for miles and miles.  With the wind at my back pushing me along, I giggled while chatting out loud.  Luckily no one was around.  These trips allow me to fully say whatever needs to be said, and I get to be all the people I need at once: Mother Bear, true friend, perfect mate, and wise loving teacher.

I understand that the advice we give to others is really the advice we need to hear.  So today I received a few interesting messages.  1. be so in love with the woman you are that you protect her, finally!  2. Trust the process; you will know when it is right! So relax. 3. Allow the Universe to bring you exactly what and whom you need when you need it.  Hell, yesterday a smiling Canadian showed up, today a lovely couple took you in at Antelope Canyon, and a kind Native American man told you all about the area’s hidden hikes which lead you to the Rim Trail.  Oh, and you were invited to join four Park Rangers for lunch.  All is good and the details don’t really matter.  Just let the BS go, PLEASE.

Every time I started going down the rabbit hole of the past, the wind seemed to pick up speed in order to carry it away and dump sand in my bra.  Almost as to say, “Stop it!”  So I stopped, stayed present, and let the wind sandblast my skin to produce a youthful glow.

Tomorrow I head to Flagstaff.  It might be a day of rest, or maybe not.  I trust that whatever shows up will be amazing!

Kristin Springfield
Visionary Enthusiast

Zion and a gift from the Universe!

Left to my original plans, I would have robbed myself of a spectacular day.  I can feel my legs cramping right now as I type this after almost 16 miles of hiking.  My fitness app congratulated me with the most active day to date.  I walked for 6 hours and only burned 1250 calories.  I have to laugh at that one. I burned off so much more than calories; deodorant, eye shadow, stress, and residual mental trash.  Erin, from Moab, had a cat and now has 2 cats.  I am still allergic and was getting sick of my nose running, sneezing and having a tightness in my chest. So I decided on a last minute change in plans to hit a few national parks, Bryce and Zion. Today I planned to sweat with God and work some stuff out.  I wanted to leave the remaining lingering bull shit from the men of my past in at the spot where Angel’s Land in this great park.  

After about an hour drive from my tiny “home” in Kanab, UT, I pull into the visitor’s center ready to jump on the shuttle to finish the ride and to start hiking. As I pull in and some dude gets out of the car next to me.  He’s all smiley like me so I say”Hi!” like I do to all happy faces I see.  My focus quickly turns to preparing my pack to jump on the shuttle.  Just then I notice that the shuttle is closed for the winter.  So, I wander into the center to see if it is safe to hike Angel’s Landing.  Not sure if there will be ice and snow.  There was snow all over the place at Bryce Canyon yesterday and there is no way I would hike to the Angel’s spot in ice.  I make it to the desk and smiley dude is there and leaves with another smile.  I chat for a few minutes with the Ranger excitedly as he explains that I get to drive to the spots rather than the shuttle.  Hot Damn!  

I am almost levitating to the car and there is smiley dude coming out of the restroom.  I look up to hear him say, “Hey there. Where are you hiking today?” I snicker and say, “No, you first.  Where are you going?”  Turns out we are both going to Angel’s landing.  I introduce myself and say “Let’s go, I will beat you there.”  He giggles and follows.  6 hours later we have hiked 16 miles and laughed so much that my cheeks hurt.  He was exactly what I needed to let the old stagnant BS go.  I did not spend one minute thinking about anyone.  I just simply enjoyed each moment, each step, each laughter.  We encouraged others along the way.  The smiles of fellow hikers in need of a pep talk were precious.  Dave lives in Canada, so I most likely will never see him again.  Which is completely fine with me.  I loved today and am grateful for the gift of kindness and friendship from God.  Of course it would take an attractive, funny, trash talking Canadian man for me to stay present.  Too funny!

Here’s to making new friends while enjoying Nature!


Kristin Springfield

Tree Hugger
Cheerleader of fellow hikers

Returning to a familiar place

Today I left my beloved friend in Moab to continue my adventure further into Utah.  My plans were to stay with her for a few more days, yet God had other plans.  When I was a young girl I developed an allergy to cats that continues to this day, much to my effort to convince myself that I am not allergic.  My beloved friend, Erin, has an adorable cat that adopted her and her home a few months ago.  Unfortunately, it rained for the 2 days I visited and staying inside made it hard for me to breathe.  A tough decision was made and I left this morning for Kanab after 3 delightful days laughing, drinking wine and making plans for next year.  

I decided to take a new route that I’ve never been on.  Much like my trip in 2015, my travels take me along a road only one time.  That means if a picture is desired, I must take it then since I won’t be returning that way again.  This allows me to slow down and stop often to breathe in the fresh air while taking pictures.  I also have perfected my drive by shootings (of pictures).

Today I returned to 2 significant places from my original Tree Hugging Tour of 2015; Bryce Canyon and Rocking V cafe.  An additional gift of today was that all National Parks were free entry for the day!  It was cloudy much like my first visit, but the canyons were visible and gorgeous.  There was snow on the ground and dusted the tops of the hoodoos to give a spectacular affect.  Breathing a little bit deeper than I had for the past 2 days filled my heart and lungs with joy!  This amazing place reminded me of the beauty in nature and her ability to create something amazing out of wind and erosion.  Even as I am on this incredible trip old sadness found its way into my suitcase.  Today I focused on leaving it in the canyons for Mother Nature to create something incredible with.  The last leg of the drive was with a lighter heart as I arrived in my new home for the next 2 days, Kanab, UT.

The final gift of the day was the reminder to be fully present in each moment.  Kanab is the home of my favorite restaurant, The Rocking V Cafe.  It has incredible gluten-free options and a dessert that makes me throw my head back and delightfully moan.  Here is an excerpt from my book about the first time I dined in this amazing place.  Today was even better than I remember.  

10/20/15 I could not wait to experience a wonderful meal at the highly recommended Rocking V Café. Traveling alone for three months, I had seldom indulged in these kinds of pleasures. I coupled this with my remaining glass of red wine. While awaiting my dessert, I was wildly writing about my day and barely noticed that two gentlemen were seated at the table to my right. When my dessert arrived, I distinctly remember looking down at this display of perfection while taking a deep breath of gratitude. Placing the first bite on my fork, I made sure to have some of the berry sauce along with the fresh whipped cream as well. I placed the fork in my mouth, and my pleasure damn near exploded!

I placed the fork on the table, threw my head back, closed my eyes, took a deep breath through my nose, and moaned in delight. I heard a noise to my right that brought my awareness back to the room. I looked to see the two men seated next to me staring at me with big smiles on their faces. I giggled and said, “You have to try this dessert!” They responded by saying, “Obviously!” I felt busted in the most intimate private experience and blushed.

            When their dessert arrived, I felt justified in turning my body toward them to watch the show. It seemed only fair since they had seen my food orgasm that I watch theirs. They shyly looked over at me and smiled. I said, “Since you watched me have mine, I’d like to watch you have yours.” Now it was their turn to giggle. They both took a bite and enjoyed it in a controlled way. Some people temper their reaction to avoid embarrassment.

Tomorrow I head to Zion National Park.  Hopefully I will visit my discomfort with extreme heights and sit where angels land one more time!


Kristin Springfield
Tree hugger