Mountains, Mushrooms and Muddy Dogs

Mountains, Mushrooms and Muddy Dogs

Another epic day in Colorado.  Had lunch up on a trail overlooking a mountain stream.  After lunch Adam headed off on his ATV in search of mushrooms.  So for the next few hours the dogs and I went on a hike up the valley.  There were a few people fishing the stream and thank god Wilson did not disrupt them in their efforts to catch a trout. The water was ice cold but he was happy just laying in the water to cool off.   I have been here over 2 weeks now and I still have not seen a bear.  I keep hoping.  If I wold get up at 5:00AM I am sure I might have better luck, but that’s not my style.   After a few hours I met back up with Adam and he hit the motherlode of mushrooms.  He is making beef, pasta and mushrooms for dinner tonight at my place with some oyster mushrooms he found.  They look like the ones you buy in the store, but these are a bright white, smell great and are only one day old.   Thanks for following my BLOG.  If you want to post a comment would be great.  Just look for the link.  My sister Francie arrive tomorrow morning, so I will get her to write the postings for the next few...
WOW…what a Vacation!

WOW…what a Vacation!

Let me see,,,,,,,, where do I began.  My five days at Miraval were filled with an variety of emotions and experiences.  Let’s start with the Quantum Leap.  A mixture of calm and anxiety combined.  You are to climb up a telephone pole and stand on the top.  It’s  long story, but I learned a lot along the way.  How to deal with stressful situations and breath and then move on.  You should have seen me on my knees shaking trying to get the nerve up to slide one foot under myself and stand up.  I stood there for a few minutes overcoming fear and letting it go.  WOW, powerful stuff I got relaxing massages, including a Watsu massage done in a covered pool at 97 degrees.  I ate like a king with all the food included.  No tipping was allowed.  You just ordered what you wanted to eat or drink all day long.  I had a couple of dinners served at the coffee table in the bar while I watched NBA playoffs. Not very mindful, but it was all about me!!!!! I overcame my basic few of horses and took an Equine Experience corse where you work with horses.  You clean hoofs, groom, and  then go into the  training ring and actually control the horse with thought and intention.  I know that sounds very Woo Woo, but it is true. One of the best parts of the trip was the walk and talks with a woman named Leigh Weinraub.  She is a tennis coach and wellness counselor.  What an awesome woman.  We had a couple of very productive walks around the...
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I have been slumming it here at the Le Meridian with an awsome view of the mountinas of northern Thailand. ($83.00 per night). I have been doing the spa thing everyday. When getting a maniqure & pedicue on Holloween someone had the steller idea of orange and black toenail polish. Next to me was a guy from LA and a woman from Boston that both live here now full time. I visited an orphanage that Julia’s frined Sally from England runs outside of Chiang Mai. I have been donating them money now that I have stopped supporting Greg Mortenson and the CAI. Sally has lived in Thailand for about 20 years and is trying to convince me to move there. It is...
One little pig went to market, and one little pig went home

One little pig went to market, and one little pig went home

The last day in the Philippines we went to the local market.  It’s pretty much like any Wholefoods Market, just with out the granola and yuppies.  I learned a lot today.   1.  A small pig in a sack costs about 1200 to 1800 baht ($40 to $50 bucks)  Considering the average wage is $50.00 a month I thought that was quite expensive.   2.  A small pig will put on about 80 kilos of weight in 4 months.  See, it’s an investment.   3.  There is a sauce here sold in buckets that looks like shit, and the people love it on rice.  Very salty and good I am told.   4.  I watched the pigs get “hog tied” and now I know what it sounds like to “squeal like a pig”.   5.  The ride in the Jeepeny is for people that are not six feet tall.  I hit my head twice to the entertainment of all the locals.   Next stop:  THAILAND!!!!!!   PS The Austin boys that own the Taco Joint in Dallas gave me a free T-Shirt if I would take a picture of it on my travels to...
Tour of Dumaguete and hike to waterfalls

Tour of Dumaguete and hike to waterfalls

I am catching up on my blogging.  The first pictures are from my hike to a HUGE waterfall.  Along the way you could see how simple the people live.  The city Dumaguete provides up to 800 pesos  of electrical power for each home. (almost 90%).  The blonde hairy stuff is coconut fiber being dried then woven into ropes.  Many of the little homes grew plants for extra money.   After stopping at private water park I was treating to some fresh coconut juice that is full of electrolytes to re-haydrate my body after the long hike.  The hike has been the only thing so far to cause any pain in my lower back.  Great news for me while trying to self heal my ruptured L4 – L5 disc.  The diving and swimming has beed really good for my back.  The daily massages may have helped too.   While in town we were treated to a parade of grade school kids celebrating United nations Day.  It was a real treat.  I took the pictures of the Mexico group for Jose and Juan back home.  The Tagalong language actually has a very small amount of Spanish...