Day 2: Peace in solitude.

Today’s post and I think those that follow for the rest of the trip will be a bit differnt then what you’re used to. I’m focussing on taking it all in and don’t want to get sucked into my laptop at the end of the day. I’d love to spill out all of the feelings for every single thing I’ve gone through today but this will have to do for now. Plus, I’m exhausted but the good exhausted. Finally.

This was the first of many trails and trials today at Gooseberry Falls and beyond. Little did I know, my night would end with a 300 steep step hike three state parks away.

Gooseberry Falls, Middle and Upper Falls. This is only my second time to Gooseberry but I managed to make my way to the Upper Falls for the first time today and all the way down to the Lower Falls. The Middle Falls, however, is by far my favorite. And the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

I chose the North Shore for my first solo trip because I needed nature and sunshine; I needed to clear my mind of the day to day to press pause and to breathe. I needed quiet and peace. An opportunity to be in alone on purpose. To be by water is so healing and sunrises take my breath away. Hiking surrounded by nothing but the wind and leaves touching my skin allows me to find whatever it is I’m looking for. I’m smiling in this photo because I literally couldn’t stop when I reached the Falls but my trip so far has been filled with a lot of soul searching and meaningful podcasts; crying while listening to a playlist I put together to purposefully make me feel things I didn’t want to feel. I know I add to the #perfectinstalife tragedy but it’s not perfect. We’re all broken in one way or another. I just really love everything I see and I want to share the beautiful things I come across with you all. I hope to make a positive influence on someone in the world one day and the only way I can think to do so is to encourage people to get out there and live; stop waiting for everyone to be ready. If I’m worth it, so are you. 💙

View of Split Rock Lighthouse just north of Pebble Beach on a rocky trail I found to get a closer look. Also, a view of my booty. Three days ago, I’d have never posted a full body shot (even from behind) but fuck it, I’m working on that #BoPo life today. 👌😌

Zen Cairn. Meditating without an app prompting me what to do has been nearly impossible but I’ve wanted to try this practice for a long time. It was only when I stopped thinking about it and finally quieted my mind that I could stack these seven rocks. The bottom one is shaped like a heart; which I found fitting as I really do think that’s the foundation of everything in life.

A ‘moderate to difficult trail’ had me almost saying “nope” at Tettegouche but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do just as much as anyone else regardless of my size. 300 steps down didn’t seem too bad but back up was a feat. I survived and I felt like a badass doing so being pushed by myself.

I hope you still enjoyed this post even though it wasn’t filled with my usual amount of word vomit. Hell, maybe you liked it more.