October 25th, 2013
SPOKANE, WA – TO – PORTLAND, OR
Driving to Portland from Spokane was long and tedious (about 6 hrs). We took the fastest highway so we didn’t get much scenery. We got to Portland around 8:30pm, just before the “so recommended (by Lorn) Indian restaurant, Swakat” closed. We had the best food we have had in some time. Something flavorful at last! Almost all food we’ve tried along the way have been a little bland for our taste.
The famous Alberta St. was alive and so colorful the next morning. Art, Organic goods, Latin influences and the Autumn colors all seem so surreal.
We only stopped in Portland for a night and half day. A quick stop on our way to Breintenbush Hot Springs. It was fun though, very fun. We are having so much fun!
October 26th – 29th, 2013
A beautiful 3hr drive to BREITENBUSH HOT SPRINGS from Portland
There is something so magical about the Ravens. My heart gets so excited when I hear them or see them fly in the sky. They are SO big… They are different in my perspective in this NOW. They inspire a mystical sense in me. Loving the presence of Ravens.
We arrived around 5:30pm in Breintenbush. Dinner was served at 6pm so we set our stuff in the cabin and headed out to the Lodge.
By the time we finished dinner, it was dark and super cold outside (32F). We never got to see the pools in the daylight but with the help of a map, and having to be very mindful about shining light into people’s faces we made it to the pool. It was so fun stripping our 5 layers of clothes! and getting naked in this cold cold freezing air to get in the hot water.
The open sky, the abundance of stars and the sound of the river was soothing and relaxing.
This was our first blind date with the warm pools of Breintenbush.
We were not allowed to take pictures near the pools. Respecting the naked privacy of guests was a must.
We relaxed, read, soaked, practiced yoga, practiced silence, practiced loving, enjoyed nature and somewhat food….Yeah, somewhat food that is…. schedules on eating, quality of food, proper elimination and shared bathrooms, all were very challenging for me. My belly was hurting, I was bloated and not in my rhythm.
I’m not used to eating at someone else’s schedule but when I’m hungry. This was not possible as food was served at 8am, 1pm and 6pm. Other than that, no food.
Food was almost all cooked (and not so tasty or I’m spoiled) with the exception of some salad. In my point of view, being that this a place that supports detox, a place with sauna, yoga & hot springs, the food must support this process. Wheatgrass shots, raw juices and smoothies, tons of greens, superfoods, raw food…would have been my preference. An open juice/salad bar perhaps would have been nice so that I can decide when I soak, go for a hike or eat without being tied to a schedule. I would be open to pay extra for this.
I was constipated! and there was no herb around that I could use to help me through, no stores around. When I asked the kitchen manager for some tea to help digestion, he suggested I drink a tea he made with Berry concentrate, syrup concentrate and frozen raspberries which he had strained out all of the fiber! Wow! What a recommendation! The Magnesium we brought was what helped a bit.
Shared bathrooms were not helpful either as I felt stressed by the fact that other people were waiting for the toilet or next to you in the other stall. My intestines were not liking “schedules” nor the lack of privacy.
Other than that, I had a good time. 🙂
Staying in Breintenbush was a camping experience with resort rates. I enjoyed most parts of it but I don’t think I’d come back again…unless for “a soaking in and out day”.
A hike in the forest was the highlight of these 4 days! Amazing mushrooms were popping out everywhere. The natural bridges, the river, the refreshing crispy weather, the lovely colors..it was lovely! That day we missed lunch as it took us a long time to come back to the Lodge. Fasting a bit was necessary I thought.
October 29th, 2013
We decided to break down the trip to Cali and stopped at Eugene. Dan’s Immune system is a little weak today so we decided to skip Cougar Hot Springs and enjoy Eugene.
It is a glorious day and the Gluten Free Pizza at the “Pizza Research Institute” was the most decadent we’ve ever tried!
Oct. 30th – 31s, 2013
MT. SHASTA, CA
The views of Mt. Shasta from the road were unbelievable! The lenticular clouds forming on top of it were very impressive…and it kept changing and morphing. There are so many “non scientific” stories about these clouds being “cover ups” for Aliens… I don’t know… I just know it was a beautiful show that the mountain was welcoming us with.
We got to town around 5pm.Our first stop was the store Soul Connection for a good dose of spiritual toys! :0) … bowls, crystals, shamanic drums and rattles, smudge bundles, and other goodies. What a store! We had fun there for a couple of hours and got some pretty sweet stuff to take home.
Once it got dark, the town had a different feeling, a ghostly feeling I would say…. and there we were, the night of Halloween eve…
There was no place to eat a good healthy meal so we ended up at the only “clean” restaurant that was open. We had pizza in front of a huge TV! It was so not “us” and it was hilarious, a total experience. The final baseball game of the world series! Imagine! People were cheering and loving it. In between pauses, commercials… Oh my god! We couldn’t believe that we were in one of the most spiritual places on earth and this was our experience.. We were witnessing it and laughing at such an ironic moment.
We got to our AIRBNB and the owner of the house was a little strange. He acted so alien I had a fantasy that this town was really an alien town. The energy was so intense that we thought we were not going to stay for the second night we booked.
That night I had a nightmare so real I woke up crying.
I dreamed that I was giving birth and right at the moment where the baby was coming out, I fainted and when I woke up, I went to the bathroom and there were signs everywhere in the room that said “Welcome back Maria”. I was confused. Then I tried getting my baby to latch on my breast that was full of milk and the baby would not latch… then I looked at the baby up close and it was too big to be a newborn, almost to the age of starting to walk… so I was even more confused. It was a girl and she was so big.
Then I started to understand. I had just woken up from a looong sleep. In my dream, I kept asking Daniel “how long was I sleeping??” … and he was being mindful as to not confused me even more until he finally told me I had been in coma for 11 months! He said that I went into a coma when giving birth to my baby, and that I had milk in my breast because he’s been pumping and feeding the baby all this time…..!! and I felt soooo sad. So much grief that I had missed the birth and the first year of my baby…
I woke up crying so deeply…. and I did for along time. Such a strange and real dream. Daniel hugged and console me.
As soon as the sun rose, the energy totally changed. The view of Mt. Shasta from the cabin was astonishing. It was a sunny, warm, beautiful day. We found really good places to have organic smoothies and raw cacao … people were awake and friendly. There were tons of kids dressed up on the street… there was even a Halloween parade!
The water from the springs tasted soooo good and the hike up the mountain was exhilarating and majestic.
Wow! such night and day!
The town on Halloween
THE HIKE TO MT. SHASTA
the sounds of WALKING ON melting SNOW
The heart at the feet
PICNIC AT LAKE SISKIYOU WITH MT. SHASTA VIEW