July 27th, 2018 was an auspicious day. There was the trifecta of the longest lunar eclipse of the century, mercury entering retrograde, and a full blood moon. Also, we are in the midst of a massive internal change and desperately needed a night of camping under the stars without another soul in sight to process some of the changes coming our way.
We drove to Bridger Teton National Forest just south of our home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After following many deserted winding rocky roads around the mountains, we found a beautiful and completely isolated spot to set up camp by Cliff Creek.
Before I left Los Angeles, I gave away all of my camping equipment to a friend as a gesture of support for her expanding love of the outdoors. So we turned Fosters covered truck into a bed for the night as we have done many times before.
Sitting beside our campfire underneath a royal blue night sky was exactly what we needed to absorb all the new information about the next year of our life. So many beautiful opportunities are blooming and despite how good it feels it can still be a little overwhelming. We are grateful for all of it including our own discomfort. We know it is a sign of growth and we embrace it. In other news, I accidentally inhaled a spark from the fire. I do not recommend it. I may be part dragon now. I’m not sure.
The moon was so bright all night long that it was almost difficult to sleep. But we both woke up feeling nourished, relaxed and joyful about some of the things that have been weighing heavy on our minds. The soft sound of rain falling on the roof of the truck called us back into the here and now. It was a reminder that we need so little to be happy or grateful.
Towards the end of the video, I filmed a little bit of how we make our morning coffee when we are traveling. And yes, we did make 2 cups of coffee each. Foster clearly has the patience of a saint. We use a JetBoil, an AeroPress and our favorite coffee from Snake River Roasting Co. The JetBoil and AeroPress have been everywhere with us: Hawaii, Oregon, Napa, Los Angeles, Big Sur, Joshua Tree, and now Wyoming.
Also, a gentle reminder to be aware of your environment. We were in a remote area of Wyoming yet still found garbage from previous campers scattered around. This impacts the health of the animals in the forest as well as the safety of other campers and hikers. Always take your garbage out with you.
The road leading up to our campsite has been ravaged by wildfires in previous years. At the end of the video, you can see we poured creek water over every inch of our fire from the night before to make sure there were no ashes left.
“Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion…I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment…my vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn.”
– Anatoli Boukreev