Friday, June 23, 2017

GypsyBlue Nomads Season 1 Episode 18: Canyonlands & Moab

Reflection On The Journey Of A Life Time

Well, what can I say, it has been almost 2 months now since we took off, leaving behind the comforts of an apartment, to travel the great unknown.  We have been through so many things, mostly positive, but there are some challenges that cannot go unmentioned.  Living out of a Prius can be extremely challenging for the average individual, starting from where you are going to park the car for the night without being kicked out, to staying clean, oh and let's not forget trying not to get on each other's nerves.  You know you can deal with just about anything as a couple when you can live and be with someone 24/7 in very close quarters, and still be madly in love with them.

Being trans-identified comes with many challenges on its own, now try living in a Prius with those same challenges. Imagine all those preoccupied thoughts you had when you had a full-length mirror, and had all the time in the world to putz around this said mirror, feeding the obsession, but now, you have to tend to all those same needs in a public restroom, that is if one is available that can provide you privacy; unless you can find a family restroom, you are then stuck using the Prius's visor mirror and realizing that all those things you were so preoccupied with before really are not that important.

Fire near Brian Head UT

Most trans people are self-obsessed and preoccupied with looks, they worry mostly about passing and what other people see and think .  When you set out to make the planet your home and decide to place vanity on the back burner there are things that start to happen to you, such as spiritual growth, realization that the world does not revolve around you, and yes that there are so many wonderful experiences to be had outside the mirror and lets not forget, the realization that nature has all the flavors and feelings you would ever need. Gender in the bigger scope of things is really not that important.

I must say, I have seen my wife mature in ways I thought were not possible, I know that every trans person goes through growing pains, but I feel that this journey has truly enhanced our relationship, in spite of the challenges we have faced, which have served to make us grow closer and stronger both personally and individually, the Nomadic Life can help a person really appreciate the smaller things in life, and realize what is really important.

I am a big believer that trans issues have not been truly studied and properly addressed, and this one size fits all approach has only created further problems which in the long run makes matters worse. I continue to see people's pain increase after transition, never being satisfied with themselves, their relationships, for those who even manage to have one,  and the inability to face their pain, which has nothing to do with gender.

Being trans makes the nomadic life much more challenging, that is until you let go of this trans notion, and just start to live as a regular human being, that is when you finally stop worrying about what other people think, and start living the life of freedom that the Nomadic life offers. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to live this way of life. It is extremely freeing for me. I enjoy sleeping in a different place almost every night, eating our meals in a different location with amazing views, and most of all feeling free on the open road. The Prius is rather small and tight for two people, we are hoping to get a van and create a mobile tiny home that we can use to live our Nomadic lifestyle in the future. But for now, she is what we got, GypsyBlue is amazing, she has given us an average of 46 miles per gallon, traveling up and down mountains, keeping us warm in the colder climates, and cooling us off in the warmer ones, her temperature control features make her an amazing vehicle.  We have hit the 10,000-mile marker on our journey and still have much more to go. We have seen so much in such a short amount of time, experiencing the many different wildlife, sceneries that are beyond words, and most of all learning to love and respect each other's needs while being in a small vehicle, to include how to make love without hitting our heads, or creating a back condition, lol.

It has been an amazing journey thus far, and I hope you all have enjoyed our journey and Lynna's amazing video skills to include editing. She puts her heart and soul into what she does, she is an extremely sensitive individual who has had lots of emotional baggage from childhood and is trying to learn to navigate life the best she can. She has taught me patience, how to love unconditionally and has helped me see my own faults. We fight often, and sometimes about the stupidest things, but to tell you the truth, before Lynna, I was numb and dead inside, she has helped me see how alike we are, and we both have shared our childhood traumas that have created the challenges we face today as adults. We are both truth seekers and are always trying to grow and learn, we are open and fully naked with our lives with you. We are far from perfect and sometimes our Aspergers gets in the way, I know that is our biggest challenge, but if we can learn to work it out amongst each other, then there is no excuse for anyone not to. Life is too precious to feel sorry for self and live life in depression. Set yourselves free once and for all.

Go go...GyspsyBlue..

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wheather Or Not

Traveling and living in your car posess lots of challenges, one of them being weather conditions and comfort level. Both Lynna and I are from the Carribean, and needless to say we both prefer warm weather over cold.

We have gone up the State, only to head South again. We are now back in Utah where the temperatures are almost in the triple digits. But after dealing with heavy winds, wet and cold conditions in Wyoming and Idaho, we decided to head South.

Hope you are enjoying our adventurous life and journey.

Go go Gypsy Blue

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Respect Is Not Always Given.

I find it very heart breaking to see how people disregard traditions and sacred beliefs if it does not include their own. Today we visited the wrongly named Devils Tower, whose name was misinterpreted by an army officer and the name stands to date, due to worries of people losing interest in the place.

This month the natives are performing rituals and ask the climbers to refrain from climbing the tower, however, many did not honor the request and climbed without remorse.

The disrespect is harmful and inconsiderate in my opinion. We heard some of the chants and rituals being performed and were able to feel the magic this wonderful place had to offer.

Go go Gypsy Blue....

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GypsyBlue Nomads Season 1 Episode 14: The Good Things In Life Are Free

Life Lessons From The Road Part 2

Lesson #2  "When traveling the road less traveled, make sure to take your time."

With the summer travel season coming into full swing, Mark and I are seeing a whole lot more RV's and vacationers these days.  Last week we were taking in the beauty just west of Grand Junction, Colorado at a place called the Colorado National Monument.  After entering the south side of the park, we stopped in a picnic area for our morning breakfast and then headed back on the road.  We were going at a leisurely pace as we saw countless opportunities to pull over and just absorb the spectacular rugged beauty of this rocky land.  The problem was that people in cars and trucks behind us were just wanting to speed through this wonderland.  My suggestion to those that want to zip through a national park is to just forego the "hassle" of driving slow and to just stick to the interstate for your sightseeing pleasure.

There is so much to learn, there is much to witness, there is so much to take in but you have to be willing to slow your life down in order to really appreciate it.  If not, it loses its value and its purpose. The Universe, our Creator and this earth that we are all a part of has lots of things to teach us but we have got to be willing to take time, to slow down and to stop and listen.  When you do, you are forever changed and never again the same.  Something amazing happens when we unplug from the stresses of life and we allow ourselves to be carried into the flows of the streams of nature.  Yesterday was one of those days.

We made the switcharoo in our car yesterday morning at the Little America Travel Center where we spent the night and had breakfast and then got going to our next destination in Wyoming.  At first, it was kind of flat as we passed through farmland and cattle grazing land but then we started to climb back up into the mountains.  We were up at almost 9000 feet and we again noticed that we were high enough for there to still be snow on the ground.  In June, imagine that!?  As we began to descend into the valley, we could see that the land was again changing.  I had hesitated from pulling out my camera but as we made a turn on one of the many switchbacks, our senses were treated to one of the most colorful and incredibly beautiful moments of this entire journey.  We had to slow down and pull over.

It was a scene out of a storybook, a fairytale, a romantic scene in a movie or all three.  First of all, it was almost too much to take in.  We were in the presence of a sacred scene of serenity and a moment when the eternal touches the natural.  It was other-worldly and surreal and made me feel as if I had stepped into a universal portal and been translated into another realm.  As I looked into my the viewfinder to capture what was all around me, I could not help but notice how colorful and infinitely magical this heavenly scene was.  It was as if the colors of the rainbow had fallen out of the sky and had been absorbed into the rocks, grass, trees and flowers before me.  Nature's spell had been cast over me and it beckoned me to come closer for a better look.  I took to my knees as I began to capture  what I saw in an almost reverent manner.  This was truly a holy place of nature and for me, it was a place of worship and awe.

I honestly believe that another piece of my soul was put back together and restored that day, nature has a way of healing you that cannot be replicated.  All that is required of you is for you to allow yourself to stop, look and listen.  When traveling the road less traveled, make sure to take your time...