Travel Entry #2 - Drinking Rock Water

  We huddled around the puddle.   It was sunny, desert rays reddening my cheeks and exposing my freckles. It didn’t matter that it was December, Joshua Tree still blazed with heat by midday. The rock formations and mountains, despite their exhausting and incredibly dangerous climbs, offered a soul-quenching breeze that lifted the hairs on my neck and dried the sweat beneath my flannel.   I’d traveled across country, Florida to California, with a group of friends. Two of them,…


Travel Entry #1 - Finding Myself in the Rising Moon

The journey from the sunshine state across the country sparked a pre-loaded bomb: one week with little to no cell signal among the Joshua Tree desert. Locked and loaded was the relationship cannon, ready to plow its way into my gut. A year and a few months I’d given the man, but he had little trust in me. His manipulation was an ocean, and I was struggling within a small air pocket. Soon, the pocket would burst, the water would enter my lungs, and –   I was rebirthed.   I stood with…


The California Sight

Trees that bent over backwards. Skies clear for miles. Climbing to the tops of mountains and taking in the sunset. Driving three hours to LA. Seeing the stars of Hollywood. Staying in a hostel. Eating burgers as big as my face. Losing my absolute mind with my friends... California was my destination for Spring Break 2016, and it was phenomenal. The highlight for everyone was climbing the rocks at Joshua Tree. Nothing beats that view. But, LA held its own, as well. There was a…