Wow, last night and the entire camping experience was pretty incredible. I mean, I was so eager to get home and share my thoughts on the adventure, that I'm still sitting here in the "filth," from a night in the woods. And let me tell you, the filth of a night spent sleeping on nothing but the ground, a few tarps, and a sleeping bag; under the shelter of an old make-shift tarp lean-to, that had holes, and allowed just enough rain water to seep through keeping your mind occupied on the thought of being completely soaked by morning time; is quite a bit of filth. Especially when you add in the fact that we built our own fire pit, harvested our fire wood from the fallen trees around us, and spent plenty of time sitting in the dirt around the majestic spring time bon fire…That’s how excited I am to get to talk to you.
Anyway, there are plenty of reasons as to why I could say I enjoyed the experience so much, but the one thing I think made it the most memorable was because I was way out of my "normal" realm of comfort; I put myself out there and stepped out of my comfort zone. I haven't been camping like that in many years. For me that is real camping. Where you just go out into a random section of the woods and set up camp. You are forced to be aware of your surroundings, accept the unknown, and have a general idea of the inherit risks you're taking on by stepping into the wild. When you go out into the woods, or anywhere truly unknown to you, you are essentially stepping into someone else's territory; something unfamiliar to you, but familiar to the other: whether it be humans, or the animals and creatures of the wild. With that said, I think there comes a certain level of respect, and admiration for the things unknown; as well as the life in all of it.
I also really enjoyed the company I was surrounded by, which made going to bed an after thought in the sight of the enjoyment we were having by sitting around the campfire talking, laughing, and sharing stories. The incredible thing was my brother and I were able to get to know our cousin. A man who had been previously unknown to us; but after going camping just two days after meeting for the first time, now feels like a family member I've known my entire life! Now that is something to be stoked about, and I am! Life is amazing!
I'm looking forward to getting back out into the wild sometime very soon…And I mean really soon. Like tomorrow soon…We are gathering the family for a little camping trip to honor, and pay respect to my Grandfather that recently crossed over. He was 100% Native American and the more I learn about him, the other side of the family, and Native American culture in general; the more my curiosity grows, and my appreciation for everything I already have, enhances. Thanks for taking the time to catch up and see what's going on in my life. I know life gets busy, and we have a tendency to fill our days with things that keep us away from getting to know ourselves. Many times we don't even realize were doing it. And that’s the worst part. We get so caught up in the world around us that we lose touch with ourselves, and the ones we love. So really thank you. I value your time, and appreciate that you consider me a worthy piece of that time. I look forward to seeing you again!
P.s. If you ever hear me going by the name "Migize," it is the Native American name my Grandpa Uribe gave me…And if you want to know what it stands for then stay tuned, and I'll explain it sometime in the future…Or you could just Google it and be on your merry way. One way or another, take care!
Go forth and be brave in more of life's precious moments today, than you found yourself in yesterday!