I fly away!

A few weeks ago stopped at a light, I noticed this jolly older woman a couple blocks up. Thinking back now she must have been an angel. I thought at first she was waving to a friend, but the more I watched this angel lady walking along side the road, the more I realized she was not someones ones friend, she was everyones!

What a wonderful example she was to me. She set the tone for the next part of summer, and reminded me of the importance of saying hello to friends!

One of my bestest friensd Brookie Self came up to visit us in Seattle. I hadnt seen her in a year! So it was Phenomenal!

We showed her around the Seattle. Its nice to be in the city but I realized I feel so much more at ease where theres less man made.

I love the farmers market!
We also went to the sculpture park andthe art museum. I love Brookie! We became instant friends at BYU Idaho our first semester of College. I knew she was gold the first time I met her in the cafeteria. We had slumber parties everynight and ate popscicles and talked about how badly we wanted to be in Hawaii and Provo. Two years later, we are living our dreams yay!
Here we are at the space needle. I dont know if it was the prices or the height but I wanted to get down from there ASAP!

My favorite part of Brookies visit was when we hiked to Snoqualmie Falls. It is so beautiful and people from all walks of life come to marvel at her beauty!
The more people I meet the more sure I am that strangers are simply our friends without names.

My daddy and mommy leading the way!

My favorite part of our trip to snoqualmie falls was meeting these friends from Japan who were deaf. It was the first time I have ever used sign language outside of highschool. I was a bit intimidated to approach them at first when all I could remember was how to sign was my name, but they were so kind and loving were very excited to chat.

All people, deaf and hearing seem to have this in common, you give a little in taking one step towards someone, and get alot as they take two toward you! How wonderful it is to journey through life with a friend like Brookie! I am truly greatful for her example and love. We walked parts of the trail backwards and sideways as it seemed easier on our legs. Sometimes life is like this too, putting your best foot foreward can be difficult but its the only way to see where your going!

I love this beautiful Earth! I found this scripture the other day that I love:

Job 12:7-10: But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee: and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee:and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the sould of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

How glorious a thing it is to be alive! I am no horse whisperer, but I do belive the Earth speaks to us if we just listen.

Its so awesome that even little birds that fly together know that two is always better then one, man truly wasnt meant to dwell alone, but amongst wonderful friends and family!
HAPPY bIRTHDAY LITTLE bUBBA! I love little Maya. She turned 14, I could hardly belive it.

My favorite story of Maya was when she was about 5. She spent all day long in the bathroom and wouldnt come out. This was right before Christmas. Then on Christmas day when all 5 of us opened our gifts we all recieved from Maya these beautiful little handmade animal decorations. Mine was two cats (I wanted to be a cat specialist at the time). We were all so touched by our little sister who taught us so much. That was my favorite gift!

Maya has always been so very kind and gentle. Even if she doesnt have much to offer she will give all she has to you. I remember whenever any of us older kids would fight she would always be in tears because she was always so peaceful and couldnt stand contention. I am so greatful for her, she truly is a giant to me!

Though I love and adore my family, sometimes you have to go away for awhile to remember things youd long forgot.

After Brookie left I enbarked on a three week vacation to visit some of wonderful friends. Being unemployed at the beginning of the summer was rather frustrating at first but has turned into such a blessing in disguise.

me and teddy on the road!

My first stop was Provo where I stayed with one of my best friends Stephanie!

I loved Provo! I reunited with long lost friends and made some new ones too!

I was super excited to see my long lost roommate Aly Jones. When Aly left Hawaii a year and a half ago I remember silence the whole way home when we dropped her off at the airport. Everyone was sobbing. Its unfortunate that its only until someone leaves that you realize what a big part of you they are. What a light and example she was in the quiet house!

I was honored with the gift of Head, a little token I took with me on the rest of my trip/ my travels in life.

Another part of my visit to Utah was my friend Moniquies wedding. Her and Paul were so happy and Hawaiian! I loved it!

Dancing the night away was wonderful! But it wasnt even the best part, when Monique went to throw the bouquet Steph and me were going to be very aggressive but I was at a loss for words when no pushing and shoving was necessary. The flowers were practically placed in my hands, just a suttle reach was reqired. Even though I didnt get to dive into the crowd and knock someone over like planned, I was still super excited. Ive never won anything in my life!
This next endeavor was one I however did not win!

I tried out for American Idol in Salt Lake! It was an interesting experience.
Sadly all it was was an experience. The longest attempt ever to get on TV! We will see in September if these 13 hours of waiting were in vain. Just by the looks of the stadium, if I do get on, I will be a tiny fish in a big sea of people! I had a fun time though trying to get discovered.
The man to my left was the chosen one. Good luck my light skinned rasta friend!
One of the highlights of my trip was a temple trip.

Miles is the kindest person ever! He came to visit in Provo bearing not frankinsense or mere, but a loaf of Zuccini bread! I feel so blessed to have friends like Miles!

Utah truly was the promise land when Nathan arrived. I was so happy to be reunited with one of my best friends! We had a little tea party to celebrate his arrival.Soon Teddy and I found ourselves back on the road, to California.
I kept a travel log during this 13 hour journey and would jot down my thoughts every couple miles or whenever the wind blew in something interesting. This was awesome by the end of the trip I found I learned so much!
Two things I never knew: Nathans been to 1/3 of the US and I also learned Washington D.C. is not a state!

For some reason I wanted to listen to this song over and over on thlis trip. Its so good! It seems like the perfect traveling song.

Every time we would pass these little houses out in the middle of nowhere I kept thinking of that poem, The house by the side of the road. It has become a favorite of mine ever since I read it and surely it will become one of yours too.

House by the Side of the Road

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the place of their self-content; There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths Where highways never ran- But let me live by the side of the road And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the roadWhere the race of men go by- The men who are good and the men who are bad, As good and as bad as I. I would not sit in the scorner's seat Nor hurl the cynic's ban- Let me live in a house by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road By the side of the highway of life, The men who press with the ardor of hope, The men who are faint with the strife, But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,Both parts of an infinite plan- Let me live in a house by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead, And mountains of wearisome height;That the road passes on through the long afternoon And stretches away to the night. And still I rejoice when the travelers rejoiceAnd weep with the strangers that moan,Nor live in my house by the side of the roadLike a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by- They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, Wise, foolish - so am I. Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat, Or hurl the cynic's ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road And be a friend to man.

Nathan had such an awesome idea. We made a chain for keeping track of our travels. We took off one link every 25 miles and it made all the difference!

glamour shots

The desert has so much in common with the ocean I discovered. Though they seem vastly different, it can be said of both they are "a whole lot of nothingness", but its seems that in this nothingness that everything can be found. My head felt so cleared on the road just like watching the waves of the ocean. Somethings is just so mesmorizing about movement! It gives you a sense of peace and accomplishment, even if all your doing is staring.

Finally with one link left we reached our final destination!

Nathan lives in a yellow house and his family consists of half people, half cats. For every person there was a kitty. I loved getting to know their unique personalities, people and cats. I loved the animal lovers!

Nathans house was very enjoyable. We jumped on the tramp, rode bikes, played with kitties, relaxed, ate yummy treats and hung out with the fam. I am greatful for family! how instantly at home a traveler can feel amongst family.

Bakersfield is the most fruitful place ever! I never knew that almonds came from trees. Then again I never gave it much thought.

Even though Brooke just visited me 2 weeks prior to my visit to California I was already home sick for her. She drove up to retieve me in Bakersfield and and I spent the last leg of my trip in Apple Valley with Brookie.

I love having friends in different parts of the world but it always makes me so sad thinking about being apart. Luckily we had this original idea to have traveling pants to have adventures in and then send to eachother.

Teddy hit rock bottom when we left. he too hates goodbyes.

Someone said the sounds of life are like an old rocking chair, goodbye hello, goodbye hello, the end of something is always the beginning of somethling else.
We said Hello! to Nick and Jessica from Hawaii now in Irvine. It is wild to think how much can happen in one year! About a year ago Jess was my roomate in Hawaii and now shes been married for 8 months. I asked Jess how this happens and she told me, "Love finds you when you stop looking for it". Brookie took me to the Walk of Fame. It was pretty cool.
unfortunatley you cant see the name, but this is Marilyns square.

I loved this man. We met him on the peir at Santa Monica. He had this boom box and move his hands giving life to this little marionet. He was very talented and had been street dancing for 6 years.

It was contageous!

The California beaches were definitly a step up from thfe rocky shores of Seattle but I still cant wait to get to the shores of Oahu again! None the less it felt so good to play in the ocean again!
We also went to Hunnington beach. This was about 30 minuites before my plane that I watched take off. The next day I misssed my flight again, but finally the 3rd attempt I was homeward bound. Brookie was so good to me I guess I didnt want to leave. Brooke cracks me up, due to cramped quarters at Brookies sisters house Brooke ended up in a crib for a portion of the night.
What a refreshing vacation! Good Friends are like diamonds. They are rare, beautiful and through them we can see a little bit of ourselves. How greatful I am to have reunited with so many I love!


Nathan said...

I'm already ready for another roadtrip. I watched most of Sisterhood of the traveling Pants last week, but i admit I haven't worn our traveling pants yet. I'm waiting til I do something worth writing down in the traveling pants log.

Brooke Self said...

I LOVED this ode to me.. I mean (cough) post.. LOL...jk..Love ya Marn! You're such an awesome writer and have such a way with connecting the story with the photos. I think you would make an excellent journalist if u ever decide to go in that way.

Oh and side note. please add me to ur friend list. Thanks! That is all for now. =)

Moni said...

WOW WHAT AN UPDATE!! Your pics are awesome!! I especially love pic of you and the flowers.. i am so glad you came!! misssss you!

Nathan said...

p.s. you can visit my family blog at living-bliss.blogspot.com and I love that picture of you dancing with the puppet master.

Aly said...

YEAH!!! HEAD!!! THe beach picture brought a tear to my eyes. So many memories of frolicking on the shore! I miss you! and head! Is he well? I do Hope so. and how 'bout yourself? do call soon!

Brooke said...

That was the coolest post EVER MARNI!!! I love reading your blog! Its like a journal that I can relate too! And the road trip with all your insights and pictures was so fun to read!