Before dawn near the Baraga Marina

Before dawn near the Baraga Marina

Have you heard how the Australian Aborigine people go “walkabout” when they undertake a vision quest?  They undertake a spiritual journey to renew their relationship with the landscape and their Dreaming.

We modern-day folk here in the U.S. of A don’t usually “go walkabout”.  But recently I felt called to do a “driveabout” through the Copper Country, following random roads, letting the inner spirit guide the journey.  Wherever the spirit pointed, I drove.  Up hills and down.  To the lake and the coffee shop and the Goodwill. 

The secret is to listen intensely and deeply to where you are suppose to go next and what you are suppose to do.  Without letting the planning organizing Mind take control.

Dawn on the Keweenaw Bay, behind the Pow Wow grounds

Dawn on the Keweenaw Bay, behind the Pow Wow grounds

First stop:  dawn meditation.  Watching the sun rise over Lake Superior.  Many insights and visions and thoughts and knowings arise as a driveabout happens.  Your inner voice may share, teaching you many things.  Sometimes Silence teaches.  Sometimes you watch what appears:  the trees, the lake, the hawks, the stones.  You always stay alert to glean what the Universe may be attempting to teach you.  Sometimes you can’t figure it out, but a lot of the time you can. 

Why is there a crutch leaning against that stop sign and what does it mean...?

Why is there a crutch leaning against that stop sign and what does it mean...?

OK, there were a LOT of stops along the way.  I was guided here and there, there and here.  Bought a lot of strange and cool clothes at Goodwill in styles that I have never worn before.  Delightedly sipped lattes and coffee at two coffee shops along the way. 

Heed what the coffee cup says

Heed what the coffee cup says

Ended up along a mostly-deserted stretch of beach near Gay, Michigan.  I haven’t been to Gay since 1997 and it was a definitely spiritual experience back then.  Today I found myself exploring the rock beach (it’s so amazing how every beach is so different with its own individuality and colors and textures!)  Spent at least a couple hours alongside Lake Superior gazing our to sea, eating a picnic lunch from the Keweenaw Co-op, picking wild blueberries, meditating.

Expanse of rocky beach

Expanse of rocky beach

It would take six blogs to share everything I’ve learned today.  It’s been such an incredible day.  One of the best days of my life.  (I know, I say this all the time.)

Swirl of stone

Swirl of stone

Rock and shadow

Rock and shadow

Red rocks with designs everywhere...so beautiful

Red rocks with designs everywhere...so beautiful

So tonight, after a day of following my heart in its many directions, I am resting (complete with wireless Internet!) at a lovely motel in Calumet, Michigan.  Two of the final events of the day involved (a) swimming in the motel’s saltwater pool, after thanking all the powers that be that I remembered my bathing suit and (b) eating chicken fajitas with rice and beans at Carmelita’s restaurant.  The spirit of the the driveabout insisted upon both.

View of the saltwater pool (first one I ever swam in)

View of the saltwater pool (first one I ever swam in)

Jeez, I have 53 photos I could show you.  But this shall have to suffice.  One final photo before departing.  It turns out that Carmalita’s Restaurant boasts that it is the home of the original Thimbleberry Margarita!  A thimbleberry margarita, can you imagine that?  I might have had one if I had noticed the sign…but that might have been a bit too much of an experience for the driveabout.

Heading up to Copper Harbor tomorrow.  You might want to get out your map to see where that is.  It’s waaay up here.  Waaay up at the very tip-top of the Upper Peninsula.  You can’t go any further.  In fact a sign along the way will declare that this is the “Last Place on Earth.”   Hmmm, I wonder what that means??  Hope to see you tomorrow!

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