This summer was a whirlwind. Finally after 3 weeks into my last year of grad school. I have a moment to sit down and look back at some of the highlights.
I had several goals for the summer. They were to spend more time with people (both new and old), spend more time outdoors, travel, and dance my heart out. At the top of the list was visiting Crater Lake in Oregon. When I had gotten back from a 5-day camp for kids with juvenile arthritis, I spoke with my friend, Mai-Thi, who was about to begin her own adventures. Our goals seemed to align as she was planning a road trip to Crater Lake. Although I had only met her a week prior, I jumped at the opportunity to join her and her friends when she invited me. For all I knew, she could've been a psychopath, but I guess since I'm alive to tell this story, Mai-Thi turned out not to be so bad... *sweat dripping down neck* haha. Joke.
Ironically enough, we both rendezvoused at the San Francisco Airport. Mai-Thi was coming from Portland after exploring that city. I, myself, flew in from SoCal after a surfing trip. She wanted to check out Land's End so we headed there right off the bat. While standing atop of a cliff at the Labyrinth and looking down at the rock maze, we saw two individuals in the middle radiating with such positive energy that we decided to climb down to have a chat with them. Apparently, Sarah (Australia) had just overcome a life threatening surgery to find this renewed gratitude for life. She explained to us that "August 8, 2015 = 888" was the strongest peak for the The Lion's Gate Portal. We learned the that rock maze represented the Triple Infinity or 888, which focuses on the three significant relationships: the one with ourselves, the one with the universe, and the one with our soulmate... And there we are in the picture above, the four of us standing in the middle of the Portal.
(To learn more about the significance of The Lion's Gate Portal. Click on the hyperlink)
What a way to start the trip. A few days later Alyson met us up in the Bay. Starting from San Francisco, we made our way up to Oregon then looped back down.
Below is a 3 part mini-series of the Mighty Adventures filmed with my gopro.
Part 1: Crater Lake, Oregon - Lava Beds, California
Part 2: Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
After Lassen, we headed back to San Francisco and took a bus down to SoCal for a few days to recoup. There, we parted ways with Alyson and flew out to Montana with the additions of Kim and Brighton.
Part 3: Glacier National Park, Montana