Barra Beach - Rio de Janeiro
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|The source of the Hule'ia River|
Nawiliwili Valley, Kauai
©March 18, 2013
Today is the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, and to some of my Cherokee friends it is also the day to honor the Long Man by making a visit to a stream or river. A river or stream is held sacred to many Cherokee and the practice of of going to water for purification was once common among the tribe - especially on the day of the vernal equinox.* The Long Man is the conscious spirt of a river or stream whose voice can be heard in the sound of a waterfall - "creator has seen in the form of a river."
To Hawaiian ancestors, water was sacred. It was a gift from Kane i ka wai ola (procreator in the water of life), and delivered by Lono makua (the rain provider).
|Waterfall on the Waipo'o Falls Trail System|
Waimea Canyon, Kauai
©March 19, 2013
I honored the vernal equinox here in Hawaii a few few days early with a visit to the Hule'ia River on the south side of the island of Kauai and also to Waipo'o Falls in the Kokee rainforests of Waimea canyon. The Ryan side of my family is descended from the House of Luxembourg where legend has it that we worshipped Melusina, the feminine spirit found in fresh water, sacred springs and rivers in European folklore.
So on the auspicious and divine first day of Spring - I celebrate the ancestors and those who keep sacred water traditions alive and honor and respect our rivers and streams as living beings. And I celebrate the Aloha 'aina I have for this beautiful land here in Hawaii.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
An eight hour ride across the Saudi desert and one is reminded of two things: Firstly, Mark Twain was right - Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. And secondly - under the desert sun - we all look the same.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
|Brunei River between Brunei and Malaysian Borneo|
We're running the river in one of the ubiquitous long boats toward an Iban longhouse when the local guide non-chalantly mentions that the right bank of the river was Malaysian Borneo. Little did he know in that moment that he had unwittingly brought me to my 100th* country - Malaysia. I whipped out my i-phone and marked the occasion with this blurry image that would otherwise never make the blog, then dipped my hand in the water and doused my face with the Malaysian side of the river - just to make it official. Here's a shout-out to the first five: starting in 1985 with the Bahamas followed in 1987 by England, Japan, Egypt and China; and my last five countries: Czech Republic, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, and Malaysia. And here's to all the traveler's tales in-between!
*Following the list of the Traveler's Century Club
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea
It's always a kick to go someplace new, someplace exotic - especially in winter. And it's even better when a client pays for you to go there! After almost of five months of staying put and working from the home office - I am finally off again - descending to parts of the world I have never been before.
My travels in January and February will take me to Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Saudia Arabia and Morocco. Let the adventures begin! It's been great being home for five months - and I have come to anticipate and relish this time with my family and to enjoy exploring my beautiful state by the weekend's back roads. But my soul is a gypsy soul and I am meant to be out there - moving across the earth - racing the sun, moon and stars to get to the next place.