My Lost Soul

My soul is lost in the trees and how the sun peeks through the towering trees of the dark forest to bring light and warmth to whatever is graced by it’s magical rays.  The rays that sit heavy on my shoulders as I plant peas in the garden.  The rays that bring life to the little seeds that are planted in the plastic 6-packs.

PC: Cody Connell       Humboldt County, CAtrees.jpg

I am lost in the green house that traps those magical rays and nourishes the little seeds.  The home to the baby plants who are ready for a bigger space to grow and the plants who were once those little seeds and babies that have become big and strong.

PC: Cody Connell      The Greenhouse, Humboldt County, CAgreenhouse

My soul is dancing alongside the branches of the blossoming orchard.  I dance to the sound of the bees, who buzz flower to flower.

PC: Cody Connell     Apple Orchard, Humboldt County, CAorchard

I am lost on the switchbacks of the road, covered by the dark forest that allows only glimpses of the sun, that takes us to the coast where fresh water meets the saltiness of the sea.

PC: Cody Connell     Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove, CAcoast

I am lost somewhere along the creek where the green mossy trees and the blue-green creek can speak to me in ways I never knew I understood and am not sure I do, or ever will.

PC: Cody Connell      Eubanks Creek, Humboldt County, CAcreek

My soul is lost on the bumpy dirt road that brings me to this beautiful place.  The road always seems longer than it should, but hold so many beautiful views that teaches one to enjoy the journey. 20151215_101740.jpg

My soul may be lost, but it is lost in the most beautiful, magical, thriving place I could imagine.  It is lost among all the other souls of the trees and plants and creatures.  My soul is lost, wandering the 800 acres, in Humboldt County, CA.

For now, my journey continues in Colorado, but my heart and soul never left.

 

The Beginning 8.6.15

The Beginning 8.6.15

Going into the night, I had no idea I would be spending my first night with the man I would plan on spending the rest of my life loving.

Our paths crossed and have become a shared path.  Though school and work have put us 1,500 miles apart, we have made the best of the time we have shared.  The distance ends on May 6th, 2016.

Despite the distance, we have shared incredible memories from duo kayaking and camping in the Royal Gorge in Cañon City, CO to GRiZ at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO.  While work took Cody to the west coast and I remained in eastern Colorado tied down by school and basketball, I became more thankful than ever for the technology of today which allows us to remain in touch as much as possible.  Our adventures together resumed whenever possible.  During breaks I headed to the west coast.  Our west coast adventures began by landing in San Francisco, driving across the Golden Gate Bridge to then exploring the beautiful beaches of Shelter Cove, Trinity Beach, and Patrick’s Point.  We stood among the towering Red Woods of Northern California in awe of the massive trees that have a presence that leaves you pondering how they came to be.  We then headed north to the breathtaking Burney Falls and back south to catch up with some friends and face one of Tahoe’s biggest snow storms of the year.  Another Cali adventure began with a night spent in the San Francisco airport followed by time spent on the magical farm in Humboldt County where Cody has called home for the past eight months and where I look forward to calling home in May.

Leaving is never easy but always leads to another hello.  We both anxiously look forward to continuing this journey together without having to say goodbye.  Until then, we cherish the memories and always are planning for more.  Together we plan to live this life unbound.

PC: Cody Connell            Burney Falls, CA20151218_160744

PC: Cody Connell      The farm, Humboldt County, CAheader

Duo kayaking the Arkansas River, Cañon City, COP1050969

PC: Cody Connell      Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove, CA20151215_173801(0)