state parks

Goodale 2016 34 – Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina, November 7, 2016

Everything happens for a reason:
Because something else happened,
or failed to happen.
There is no starting point
and no end point.
There is only one thing leading to another
for as far as the eye can see.
We all are where we are
because of how we responded
to the people, places and things
that nudged us off our track
and onto another
all along the way.
The trick is that the entire web
of influence and impact–
turns on how we respond to it.
How we deal with what happens
effects what happens next.
Everything is related to everything else.
We do not live in a vacuum–
and cannot live as though we do.
Everything we do matters
in terms of the waves of influence
it creates–
the furrows of karma it plows–
for our personal future
and the future of all things.
Every moment is a swing moment.
Every now is the fulcrum shifting
all those that follow.
The present is the turning point
for the rest of time.
Nothing is isolated and/or irrelevant.
Everything is a player
in the field of time and action.
We all have a place
and carry weight.
It only takes realization
to know that it is so.
Then, all that remains,
is living as though it is so–
by being mindfully
aware of what is happening
and what needs to happen
regardless of what we want to happen,
putting ourselves in accord
with the just-so-ness–
with the way-it-is-ness–
of the way things are,
and doing what seems best to us
in light of the true good of the whole.


Sunset at Haystack Rock

Cape Kiwanda State Park, Pacific City, Oregon

Adventure Buddy and I decided to watch the sunset at Cape Kiwanda on Thursday night for some much needed us time. We laid out and hid from the 20mph winds in the back of the Subaru and watched the sun change the sky colors. I demanded this time because he had to travel again for work for the next 3 weeks. 

On the bright side I am also getting to travel for work. Work will be flying me to New Jersey this week, where Adventure Buddy is, and I will be assisting at the zip line park there. I am excited to get more experience under my belt in this industry and feel blessed that the owners want to invest in me enough to send me to other locations. Don’t worry, It won’t be all work. I will have time after I am done with my duties to explore and will share it with you.

So before I leave I will round up all my past and recent small adventures to make way for new ones. Including this one to the Cape Kiwanda, the full video of my road trip through Canada and potentially another video from my time in Africa! 

Cheers to new adventures!

© Michelle Gefre | Trail the Sun


tfc characters as parks & rec quotes
  • Kevin: But then I remembered alcohol existed.
  • Jean: Horizons are dumb. Never broaden your horizons.
  • Jeremy: I think you've got several options. They're all terrible... but you have them.
  • Dan: Guys love it when you can show them you're better than they are at something they love.
  • Matt: Oh, Neil. You beautiful, naive, sophisticated new born baby.
  • Aaron: Nicky, could you please shut up? I can't hear myself not talking to Andrew.
  • Neil: It's fine. It's just that life is pointless and nothing matters and I'm always tired.
  • Andrew: My instinct is to be mean to you.
  • Renee: I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.
  • Seth: I have never taken the high road. But I tell other people to 'cause then there's more room for me on the low road.
  • Nicky: I passed up a gay Halloween party to be here. Do you know how fun gay Halloween parties are?
  • Allison: Then I'm sure he's not cheating on you. But if he is, he's a monster. And if he's not, you guys are great together. But if he is, I will kill him.
  • Wymack: The thing about youth culture, is, I don't understand it.