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February 23, 2015

Birthday Adventure to Salvation Mountain

couple at salvation mountain

I’ve been craving a 6 hour drive. I miss the road and beautiful blue skies. But a long road trip isn’t in the picture for a while, so Bowerbird and I had talked about going on a day trip for my birthday. It fell on a Wednesday of a relatively slow week, and I wouldn’t feel incredibly guilty taking the day off. So San Diego and Santa Barbara were thrown around as ideas, but when Salvation Mountain popped in my head, I knew that was the perfect adventure. We’ve been there before, it’s how I discovered Bowerbird has an aversion to the sun. Yes, I’ve fallen in love with a vampire. But it had been a while, and with the passing of Leonard Knight last year, I was curious as to how the mountain had been kept up.

I felt like a kid going to Disneyland on the eve of my birthday, and woke up to four cupcakes from my favorite cupcakery Frosted. Bowerbird seriously is the best boyfriend, he surprised me with a cupcake in bed. We quickly got ready for the day and headed to Palm Springs for food at our favorite place out there, Lulu’s. Sadly we missed the breakfast menu. They serve the best salmon eggs benedict, we’ve ever had. Instead we opted for other pescetarian fair, and enjoyed a tuna tower that was phenomenal and scallop and shrimp pizza.  Our meal is documented in my birthday vlog, along with other sites from the day.

After lunch we headed further into no man’s land. Stopping at what feels like the last gas station before Niland for a bathroom break, Bowerbird and I exited the car to be complimented by some other twenty-something’s. Bowerbird in his red doc martins got mad respect, and together we were dubbed a very stylish couple. We later saw our gas stations friends at Salvation Mountain, and acknowledge nods were shared.

We had managed to get to Salvation Mountain before a slew of people and explored on our own. I love being the only ones at a place, it feels more special. Ever since I was a child, I felt a lot of comfort in being alone. Exploring by myself. The world turns into the secret garden and I’m Mary. Bowerbird and I have said we are two loners who found each other – it’s pretty romantic.  The mountain was beautiful! The colors were brilliant and people have really kept the mountain up since Leonard, the man who built the mountain, passed. A Salvation Mountain host, a young girl, began to tell the tale of Leonard to a few men who had stopped by with a chip on their shoulder. Heading into the desert to see Salvation Mountain, seems to be a trendy thing to do, but I find it to be inspiring. I look at the work of this man, what he created to connect people and share his message or god’s message of love, and it moves me deeply. What better way to celebrate my birthday, then to visit a place that makes me feel alive.

salvation mountain god is love

Create * Explore * Love * Live

salvation mountain trucks

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February 9, 2012

Crisis Adverted

This past Saturday I turned 25, dawning of the big “quarter-life crisis”. Yet crisis has been adverted because I am so happy and eager with what life has in store. Already this year is so strong, with an amazing self supporting job doing something that fulfills me creatively. For the first time I’ll be going to Coachella to see one of my favorite artist of all time, Mazzy Star. Camping in my car none the less, adventure and music is in store. To top it all off I have so many independent “projects”  going on I’ll be pushing to always be inspired. On a very personal level I have been off my anti-depressants over a month and have been doing really well. Twenty-five is looking really good!

My friends and family kept me company at my birthday party decorated for a 6 year old. Peace sign and owl plates, confetti, and table clothes were purchased at Party City; along with a dozen balloons. I never got balloons as a kid, so now I am an adult and have the money to treat myself. Why not purchase a dozen balloons?! My family loved all my friends, their open energy. And all my friends (who didn’t know each other before the party) left friends afterwards. Each guest precious, but the early presence of my best friend Esch coming, really set the tone of it being a night filled with love and positive people.

Most of of 2010 I spent in distress over my best friend, knowing something wrong was going on with him and in his life. Terrified I wouldn’t be a part of his life again when he found what he was looking for. We reconnected in November and he came to my party, probably the best spiritual gift of the day! He talked politics with my dad and made a memory card at the crafting table describing our outcast and bandito ways at Prom.

Surrounded by so much love and support, I am pursuing dreams and adventures. Working towards the life I want and know I deserve. So no quarter-life crisis present here, just possibility and motivation to achieve.