My WWOOFing experience here has been one of constant work. There is so much going on at Cielo Isla that most days we work sun rise to set. But durning this, I am working in paradise, learning as much as I’m working, and enjoying every breath I take in. Living in this desert mountain climate teaches you to dress in layers. You may be cold in the morning, but by midday, if the sun comes out (it’s always out) you will be hot, Especially in a greenhouse. Clothes are best put on in layers so they can be later taken off as the heat progresses. Even on a cold day, you can feel the heat of the sun on your face. Because of the weather, be it cold or cloudy there is no shortage of breaks, I’ve spent more than a few getting to know Chaco the raven better. If you can here him cawing, than you can call to him, and he will come. He is the size of a large hawk, and has no problem chasing real hawks. I’ve seen him chasing and doing barrel rolls at more then a few, it’s kinda awesome. He also gets right next to you and speaks, he cries, he yells, he even has conversations with you. Chaco may be the coolest animal on the farm, however they have some pretty social goats, a dog with the most beautiful white pearl and blue eyes and a cat that I’m falling in love with. I’m not a cat person, I don’t care whether this cat is male or female, I don’t even know it’s name. But kitty is kinda neglected by everyone else, and after petting him once, we sorta developed this connection. When she finds me, he runs towards me and starts to purr before I can even touch him. I toss her on my shoulders and he lays there while I walk the homestead, on my way to another project, toss the cat down, and begin the next lesson as I make the world my classroom. At times, and rightly so, I feel as though our intentions are not as recognized as our actions and manner. Without a proper follow through, it’s only a whisper. With most days spent getting hands on experience, it’s hard to believe I have any time off. And since off grid means zero to bad service. No wifi. Less blogging. But more learning. I had time to learn about natural hot springs, by getting in my first one! After a beautiful mountain canyon hike through a winding river twice and back again. This was a shoes off, water shoes on to cross the river, night time stars included type hike. The first hot spring was along the river, separated with strategically place rocks, while the other was dug within the ground, in grass, just as it sounds. I enjoy finding the treasure that take any adventure to the next level. The feeling you get at the top of a mountain, the perfect dive bar in the most unique little town, a soak in the hot springs after a rainbow of a hike along cliff edges and river passes. I have more planned, and not planned hikes in my future, because the feeling I get from sitting at the edge of a rock cliff watching the sunset. Meditating, praying, accepting life, gives me a meaningful one. At times I feel I have too much life to live to ever grow roots again. I’m afraid after my American adventure is complete, I’ll want to travel the world more. But one adventure at a time. Another adventure for me will be living in random places alone for the holidays. This thanksgiving I plan to spend in Santa Fe with a friend for a week before driving to Tucson. I still have many places I want to go in New Mexico before leaving, and having a guide, and host, is next level. Although finding my guide/friend wasn’t easy. Using my travel apps I’m able to locate Possible hosts who are willing and available to help out fellow travelers. But sadly, and in one case, admittedly these apps work much better if you are female. I contacted 8 people on one of my travel apps, 7 men, 1 women. 2 replies, both verified excuses from honest men, because I wasn’t a girl. Even female WWOOFers have told me how easily they are excepted onto farms and through travel apps. Ugh. Is sex the only thing that matters? As I travel, and take weekend breaks in the surrounding cities, I’m reminded of how creepy men can be, because when I give up on the travel apps, and go to Craigslist. I post in the plutonic section for everyone. I’m very specific in my post. I explain my adventure, give them a photo, reference my blog, tell them I’m straight but not looking for anything, working on myself, blah blah blah. But 95% of the responses I get back are dudes trying to fuck me. This is a problem, too many creepers, not enough genuine people. People says they want more friends, but it often seems like it’s just for sex. It’s not genuine. I’m searching for genuine. I’ve tried the bi thing. Throw in a hot girl and maybe, but man, I’m trying to live my life! Not let it be controlled by sex. Sex can run and destroy your life. Be careful. Reject the primate brain and transcend. Establishing a relationship is better than just a random creeper hook up. It’s genuine. Controlling the ego monkey brain gives you more power, and God respects that control. The Universe will be proud of 2 people who just become friends, simply and beautifully, it looks down on creepers just trying to get off. I look forward to not getting myself off (abstinent for like 3 months!) while experiencing everything about New Mexico and more specifically, Santa Fe, and During thanksgiving! I’m finding reason, and controlling that reason through the madness of this beautifully chaotic life. It seems everyone’s life is powered by something, so why not love. If the sun rises and sets for your love. Then it’s powered by your love for it. And that’s a sustainable energy worth a lifetime. 2 if you’re lucky..