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Miscellaneous trip shots #5 2014 Trip

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It's a sunny, warm morning in Brawley. I'm on my bicycle at 6:00am and decided to come to Starbucks to post some of the photos that have "fallen by the wayside."


There were dozens of these in rows...in New Mexico:

They are about 50 miles west of Socorro, the VLA (Very Large Array) - a series of 27 (yes, twenty-seven!) 230-ton radio astronomy dishes, arranged in a flexibly Y configuration. Using astronomical interferometry, the array is the equivalent of a single dish up to 22 miles in diameter. The Carl Sagan film Contact was filmed there (the other dishes for the film were added using computer-generated imagery).


The plains are the site of the Very Large Array. The plains were chosen for the observatory because of their isolated location away from large population centers, and the partial shielding effect of the surrounding mountain ranges. The edges of the plains have sites of archaeological interest such as a prehistoric rockshelter known as Bat Cave.

Other sites in the area include a ghost town called Old Horse Springs and the Ake Site, a prehistoric occupation site. The Ake Site is particularly important for the age and length of its use by prehistoric peoples. It has been dated during the Clovis period between 10,999 BC and 8000 BC, and during the Folsom period between 7999 BC and 5999 BC, making it among the oldest sites in the American Southwest.


To boldly go....




US Highway 60, New Mexico


Sacred Heart Church, Quemado, NM



Some photos of Tonto Natural Bridge Park, Payson, Arizona:








Enjoying an apple under that gorgeous tree!

  
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DAISY443 6/18/2014 3:01PM

    I am enjoying your trip very much!

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BILL60 6/15/2014 8:47AM

    Great photos. Thank you for sharing.

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GOANNA2 6/15/2014 6:14AM

    Thanks you for sharing the photos of your trip.
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JUST_BREATHE08 6/14/2014 11:15PM

    emoticon Loved each picture. Thank you! Namaste. Light & Love.....Enjoy!

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/14/2014 3:39PM

    emoticon What a wonderful trip. You are traveling completely alone, right? If I am correct, who's taking the pictures of you?

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MISS_VIV 6/14/2014 11:37AM

    Awesome, awesome..............You are such a strong woman.

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SUBMOM2 6/14/2014 11:31AM

    Love these! So glad you are having a great trip!!

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More bicycling in the high desert #4 2014 Trip

Friday, June 13, 2014

Well, it has been a rather challenging day, because after I left my friend's place in Topock, AZ my cell phone died. I'm in Brawley now for the night. It's in the Imperial Valley, part of the "agricultural basket" of California. I went to a Radio Shack, but after 1.5 hours they decided they couldn't help me (long story), although after polishing my cell battery a few times, the phone did boot. On to more pleasant considerations, as I sit in a Starbucks and enjoy the A/C.

I stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ last week. It was an amazing environment. I can't capture with words or images how much I enjoyed the time there. I rode my bike extensively around the grounds and lagoons and horse stables. The elevation is about 3200' so the weather was quite lovely.


They planted this wonderful stand of evergreens (juniper?) at the approach to the ranger's station.


With my affinity for the red-tail hawk, of course I had to find a spot in that section!


Here I am tucked in and ready to make dinner.


One of the lagoons.








With the reeds, it's a habitat for many varieties of birds. It's mating season for the great blue heron.




The stables, but I didn't get any horses.

That's all for now folks...just a little snippet of one of the many adventures on this ever-eventful trip.

  
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DAISY443 6/18/2014 3:02PM

    Sigh! Feeling jealous!

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MAW_OH 6/18/2014 1:43AM

    Beautiful! I have now heard of places I never heard of before! Thanks for sharing !

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HIPPICHICK1 6/14/2014 9:26AM

    Gorgeous photos. Sounds like a great trip!

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BILL60 6/14/2014 7:16AM

    Sounds like a great adventure. Thank you for sharing.

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LOPEYP 6/14/2014 7:14AM

    What a beautiful area! Enjoy your trip!!

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/14/2014 6:08AM

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CONNIECHANTS 6/14/2014 2:38AM

    Sorry to hear about your cell phone - hope you can get your 'life-line' reconnected soon! Definitely a necessary item on a trip like this! Looking forward to talking with you again soon! Love & Many Blessings. Connie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/13/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon Beautiful!! emoticon emoticon

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SUBMOM2 6/13/2014 10:35PM

    Hi Maha,

Thanks for the great photos. So glad you've made it to the Golden State!

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BILLB000 6/13/2014 10:31PM

    Love the photos. Such an adventure, Maha. I would go crazy without my cell phone. Sounds like you handled that crisis well. :-)


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MISS_VIV 6/13/2014 10:31PM

    Looks like a very comfortable, place to camp and spend some time off the highway. So glad that Brawley has a Starbucks....and A.C. I am sure there isn't anyone in Arizona that does NOT have AC.. The elevation gave you a much deserved respite from the deserts you have been through. Hope that Brawley gives you many photo ops.......You are doing a great job of keeping us up on your travels.

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WATERMELLEN 6/13/2014 10:23PM

    What a lovely lovely spot -- and I'd choose red tail hawk too (have a picture in my office . . . ).

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ROX525 6/13/2014 10:02PM

    On vacation with my DH in New Mexico and Arizona so far and have seen at least a dozen bicyclists touring. We are in awe of you!

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MCFITZ2 6/13/2014 9:53PM

    Very different from Tucson where our dd and her family are.
Have a sil in Payson. Haven't been there yet.
Thank you for sharing the photos.

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A little of this, a little of that, #3 2014 Trip

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Because my computer access is so limited (I'm at the library doing this), I will just send some photo clips today, and hope to have greater access when I get to California next week:

So far so good:


This is the way I feel under the New Mexico and Arizona sky:
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Entrance
(After Rilke)

Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight,
Out of the room that lets you feel secure.
Infinity is open to your sight.
Whoever you are.
With eyes that have forgotten how to see
From viewing things already too well-known,
Lift up into the dark a huge, black tree
And put it in the heavens: tall, alone.
And you have made the world and all you see.
It ripens like the words still in your mouth.
And when at last you comprehend its truth,
Then close your eyes and gently set it free.

~ Dana Gioia ~
(Interrogations at Noon)
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Their reputation for delicious homemade pie reached me at a camping spot, so of course with my sweet tooth I had to sample the local color:







So, of course, I ate lightly at dinner:


In Springerville, AZ, I enjoyed a lovely bike ride:





















More to come!

  
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KALIGIRL 6/13/2014 9:06AM

    Love the photos!
Great trip emoticon for sharing!

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HIPPICHICK1 6/12/2014 3:43PM

    Really lovely pics. Looks like you are living life large. You go grrl! I look forward to more on your adventures as they unfold.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/11/2014 5:01PM

    Beautiful pictures. My mil lives in Kingman Arizona. We visited her a couple of times and went up Wallapi mountain.

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DAISY443 6/11/2014 10:59AM

    Lovely pics, thanks for sharing!

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GOANNA2 6/11/2014 7:54AM

    Beautiful pictures. Wow, that was some pie.
Glad you had a healthy light dinner.
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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/11/2014 5:45AM

    Looks perfect to me!

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    emoticon WOW! Thank you much for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 6/10/2014 9:15PM

    Looks like you were enjoying that pie!! What a lovely bike trail too: I'm betting calories were torched!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/10/2014 9:11PM

    Whoo Hoo--Look forward to following your journey my friend!

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/10/2014 7:58PM

    What a wonderful and beautiful adventure you are having. Thank you for sharing it.

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CONNIECHANTS 6/10/2014 5:55PM

    Hi Maha! Glad to see some pics of your travels! Taking any picture of where you're at? How's the air conditioner repair coming along? May it be done for the rest of your trip - will make it a lot easier to handle. Looks like we're all in for a hot spell! Stay cool sissta! Love you. Connie

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MISS_VIV 6/10/2014 3:17PM

    So nice to hear from the traveler - YOU are lookin' good. Your pie.. and dinner are lookin' good too. Good to know that there is at least a little water in that 'Little Colorado River'........Bike rides and great camping spots are making your Route 66 experience even more memorable.

Stay Safe
Stay well
Stay happy.....

much love

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    Happy trails to you!
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To meet everything and everyone through stillness, #2B 2014 Trip

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
-- John O'Donohue

I am re-posting yesterday's blog -- THE NEW AND EXPANDED VERSION WITH PHOTOS (such as they are):

But first, Eckhart Tolle's statement struck me deeply this morning, so let us begin there: "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe." And now, one more time --

I am well into the west coast road trip, having begun May 24 from home in central Arkansas. This June 2 early Monday morning finds me ready to continue the western pull, after landing five days ago at my yoga sister Connie's amazing digs in Sandia Park, outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Many wonderful things have come and gone...here is the tip of the iceberg --

~ my 1984 Toyota Dolphin -- nothing automatic, nothing power, 21+ ft. cab-over home-on-wheels -- is performing admirably



~ enjoying having the intense storms do no more than nip at my heels/tires as I cruised through OK and the Panhandle of TX

~ wonderful folk who helped make the first nights of camping easeful and enjoyable

~ Palo Duro Canyon, TX where I enjoyed my first wonderful and extensive cycling experience





~ the beauty of the back roads and mostly avoiding freeways so far

~ five fun restful days at the home of artist friend and long time yoga sister, Connie, who I first met when we both lived in San Francisco and she was a clothing designer doing her art on the side (now she does her art and makes clothes [for herself] on the side)


View during a bike ride at Connie's


...and this


...and this


...and this


So serendipitous that this quote of my always-hero, Joseph Campbell, greeted me on the door of Connie's guest room that I occupied

~ being a part of the commencement of the 4-day Longdance and meeting about 50 of Connie's friends who participate in this special native ritual on consecrated land with a beautiful kiva and sweatlodge


Kiva


Kiva


Sweat Lodge

~ meeting delightful cyber-friend and sangha sister Mary, who lives in Santa Fe; she invited me into her home for a night and we enjoyed communing while I got the "cook's tour" of Santa Fe (I forgot my camera on Saturday, but have a few shots of Sunday)


Lovely Mary in the garden of Harry' Roadhouse


What a wonderful breakfast we had here!


Here we are at breakfast


Mary's sweet Santa Fe home

~ rendezvousing with Connie for lunch and to experience the wonderful soul/gospel group Zenobia Sunday afternoon in Santa Fe


Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe


Zenobia and group performing with happy customers dancing


Me'n Connie at lunch

~ enjoying the Georgia O'Keefe Museum before leaving Santa Fe


Permanent O'Keefe collection, plus an exhibit of O'Keefe's and Ansel Andams' amazing Hawaii work. We were allowed to take non-flash photos in the permanent collection section, and here are three --







On our way back to Connie's as we left Santa Fe, I spotted the wonderful Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe (sadly the position of the afternnon sun covered the frontal shot in shadows)









~ relishing ice cream on a hot Sunday afternoon at the Jezebel Gallery and Soda Fountain in Madrid (MA-drid, like the "ma" in man) as we returned to Connie's

~ loving the lights and shadows of this part of New Mexico

Now to pack (and try hard not to leave a trail of forgotten things) and continue my journey on the back roads toward Arizona and then California.
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FEELINGS

Dry and humid
(New Mexico and Arkansas)

Level and lopsided
(The parked camper)

Hot and cold
(New Mexico sun and dry ice)

Pain and pleasure
(My achy body and joyful heart)

Confusion and understanding
(Words and maps).

I continue to experience
joy and its opposites.

In equal portions?
Not a chance --

I bathe in joy,
but I don't shun its opposite.

I encourage hope
but I recognize despair.

And mostly,
I enjoy the light, bright state
of Beingness in the
Here and the Now.

-- Mahalakshmi

  
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JUST_BREATHE08 6/15/2014 11:17PM

    Loved the pictures, loved the poem and Sam looks pretty good, too!! emoticon Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MTRACHEL 6/8/2014 11:17PM

    "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."
Ah yes! Thank you for the words and the images and the poetry of your journey.

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BILLB000 6/8/2014 5:40PM

    Your posts, descriptions, and thoughts along the way of your journey continue to be inspiring Maha. I totally look forward to your next blog. I feel lucky to be part of this process.


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ME_HERE_NOW 6/7/2014 9:27AM

    always love your pics and tales of your adventures! xoxo! enjoy your journey! keep spreading the love!

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ABURRIS2 6/7/2014 1:06AM

    Thank you for sharing your poetry. You are amazing.
Blessings as you go, my friend! Keep us posted.
~ann

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SUSANNAH31 6/6/2014 5:54AM

    You are visiting a beautiful part of the country. As you drive through Arizona on your way to California be sure to see some of the treasures in that state as well: the red rocks of Sedona and the majestic Grand Canyon.
Your journey sounds wonderful - as you are visiting interesting places while connecting with friends along the way.

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GOANNA2 6/5/2014 8:57AM

    Rally enjoyed reading you blog again and the pictures
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KALIGIRL 6/5/2014 8:43AM

    Here's to not leaving "a trail of forgotten things" and continuing safely on your journey!
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SLASALLE 6/4/2014 9:44AM

    My dear Maha -

Palo Duro Canyon is one of my favorite special places. You saw a picture of it on my FB page long ago. My dear friend, Barbara, lives close by. If I had known you were going there, I would have hooked you up!! She could have taken you on an awesome hike as she knows the Canyon well.

AND the Georgia O'Keefe museum is one of the places Beth and I visited on a 2010 out-of-town trip with two friends to Amarillo/Las Cruces/Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Taos/Colorado Springs. It was the next-to-the-last trip we took out of town together!!

Your blog brings back SO many memories (and tears) ... safe travels, my friend.

Much love,
Stephanie

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/3/2014 10:04PM

    emoticon Maha! emoticon Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon

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GENKI_WARRIOR 6/3/2014 7:30PM

    "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."

That so sums up a great conversation I had with Juan just now about boundaries in dating! Lol. Meet everyone with a fresh mind!

Love you and so happy to see what you're seeing through your eyes!


Xoxoxxo

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/3/2014 7:16PM

    Great pics. Nice to see what you look like.

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    This was really good, love your pictures! emoticon emoticon

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PEACEFULONE 6/3/2014 1:29PM

    Love the Eckhart Tolle's statement: "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."

And love the photos and update on your travels! Sounds like a wonderful trip!
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SUBMOM2 6/3/2014 11:02AM

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 6/3/2014 10:40AM

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading up on YOU and your amazing travels! I know those polemic emotional opposites - it's life!

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MISS_VIV 6/3/2014 10:27AM

    What a joy to read of your travels this morning. The pictures are awesome. So glad that you are enjoying your adventure and meeting up with friends along the way. Thankful for your love and patience in sharing with us in your poem. emoticon emoticon

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Woven around the heart of wonder, #2 2014 Trip

Monday, June 02, 2014

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
-- John O'Donohue

I am well into the west coast road trip, having begun May 24 from home in central Arkansas. This June 2 early Monday morning finds me ready to continue the western pull, after landing five days ago at my yoga sister Connie's amazing digs in Sandia Park, outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I'm on her PC and the photos, such as they are, aren't copying for me, so no images with this blog (yet).

Many wonderful things have come and gone...here is the tip of the iceberg --

~ my little Kurma Avatara camper is performing admirably

~ enjoying having the intense storms do no more than nip at my *heels*/tires as I cruised through OK and the Panhandle of TX

~ wonderful folk who helped make the first nights of camping easeful and enjoyable

~ Palo Duro Canyon, TX where I had my first wonderful and extensive cycling pleasure

~ the beauty of the back roads and mostly avoiding freeways so far

~ five fun restful days at the home of artist friend and long time yoga sister, Connie, who I first met when we both lived in San Francisco and she was a clothing designer doing her art on the side (now she does her art and makes clothes [for herself] on the side)

~ being a part of the commencement of the 4-day Longdance and meeting about 50 of Connie's friends who participate in this special native ritual on consecrated land with a beautiful kiva and sweatlodge

~ meeting delightful cyber friend and sangha sister Mary, who lives in Santa Fe; she invited me into her home for a night and we enjoyed communing while I got the "cook's tour" of Santa Fe

~ rendezvousing with Connie for lunch and to experience the wonderful soul/gospel group Zenobia Sunday afternoon in Santa Fe

~ enjoying the Georgia O'Keefe Museum before leaving Santa Fe

~ relishing ice cream on a hot Sunday afternoon at the Jezebel Gallery and Soda Fountain in Madrid (MA-drid, like the "ma" in man) as we returned to Connie's

~ loving the lights and shadows of this part of New Mexico

Now to pack (and try hard not to leave a trail of forgotten things) and continue my journey on the back roads toward Arizona and then California.
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FEELINGS

Dry and humid
(New Mexico and Arkansas)

Level and lopsided
(The parked camper)

Hot and cold
(New Mexico sun and dry ice)

Pain and pleasure
(My achy body and joyful heart)

Confusion and understanding
(Words and maps).

I continue to experience
joy and its opposites.

In equal portions?
Not a chance --

I bathe in joy,
but I don't shun its opposite.

I encourage hope
but I recognize despair.

And mostly,
I enjoy the light, bright state
of Beingness in the
Here and the Now.

-- Mahalakshmi

  
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JUST_BREATHE08 6/3/2014 10:18PM

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SPACIOUSLOVE 6/3/2014 1:01PM

  Wonderful to have news of you and your grand adventures/travels thus far dear Maha! Sounds like you're meeting up with some very special people too along the way.

Happy to hear that the goody bag brought some pleasure...

I arrived home in Ireland last Friday to four glorious warm, bright, dry sunny days. Raining now, and as we know that is how the grass stays green!!

Looking forward to more of your blog when the time is right.

Eileen W


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GOANNA2 6/3/2014 9:22AM

    What a fabulous trip. Have fun and I am so envious.
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KALIGIRL 6/3/2014 8:27AM

    Sounds fabulous - emoticon for letting us travel (vicariously) with you!
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BILLB000 6/3/2014 7:28AM

    Truly amazing Maha. I feel blessed to be able to follow your travels and read your story.

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CONNIECHANTS 6/3/2014 2:30AM

    Love your Blog, Loved your Visit ... and I just joined SparkPeople.
Thank you for being 'gentle' with your suggestions & relating them to yourself - helped me 'listen' and not tune you out.

I'll give it a try. They say I can reach my goal in 1 1/2 years.
May it be so.

May your journey be filled with blessings.
Namaste.
Connie

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/2/2014 8:00PM

    What a trip of a lifetime.

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SUBMOM2 6/2/2014 2:58PM

    What a beautiful journey. Thanks for letting us all enjoy the ride!

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MISS_VIV 6/2/2014 11:37AM

    BEAUTIFUL BLOG.........Thanks for sharing.



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_VALEO_ 6/2/2014 11:07AM

    I enjoyed reading your gratitudes.

To your adventures, meeting up with friends and joy sharing.

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