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July 17/New Moon
Pilgrimage West - letter from the road #2
I created a template below to share a photo/single sentence per day of my roadtrip. From Third Quarter Moon on 7/9 to this post today - New Moon - this period of time is known as the intermediary phase of Waning Crescent. This letter was scheduled to post whether I had access to internet or not. So if this is blank in spots, I wasn’t able to get into it. (My last Letter from the Road is now updated in the archives, but I am unable to link it here from my phone.)
Day 1 - 7/10
Came down from high altitude camping and hiking in the Big Horns (with good friends) to continue down the road (on our own)— stopped to get our bodies clean at Hot Springs State Park, Wyoming, clothes clean at an all-in-one Laundromat-Car Wash-Shower place in Dubois (pronounced “Dew Boys”) and then on to camp in the Shoshone National Forest.
Day 2 - 7/11
Back at altitude again and fell asleep with a view of the Great Divide plus Venus, at dinner a least weasel passed our campsite on the way to the water, currently ospreys flying over head.
Day 3 - 7/12
Slept in Grand Teton National Park last night, listened to Assiniboine Ranger talk about Native connections to the park and affiliated tribes, made it to Sringer Lake Picnic area early, for hiking and swimming, so beautiful and busy.
Day 4 - 7/13
Travel Day to Bonneville Campground, Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Battling some soreness so skipped the Redfish Lake. Swam in Petit Lake and soaked in hot springs.
Day 5 - 7/14
Hiked around Grandjean to the edge of the wilderness, first day eating prepared food since leaving home - pistachio shake, coffee, Hawaiian Pizza and beer.
Day 6 - 7/15
Travel Day, start with a dip in a hot spring, then head out north along the Salmon without a plan on where we will sleep. Eastern Washington, hot hot hot. Municipal pool in Pullman, refreshing and wonderful. Sleep where I90 roars in our ears.
Day 7 - 7/16
Cleaned and organized the Vistabule, the car and our selves, getting ready to reenter the world of traffic, lines, and clock time. And then took our bedroom on wheels, to sleep in Dad and Linda’s driveway and wake in the Seattle Tacoma Metropolitan Area.
Day 8 - New Moon/Today 🌑
Today we are scattering my dad’s ashes in the Pacific North West. We have reunited, his 4 Daughters and his grandchildren and his partner and we are going out on the Puget Sound as he wished to mark the year since he has passed.
Time to set your intentions for the next lunation.
I am keeping this practice whether I have access to the internet or not, so if any of the above segments are blank, they will be updated later as I can. In the case all are blank, this is your heads-up post that time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future and the moon keeps spinning on its merry way.
Much Love, Tina❤️
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