On The Road
One the Road – Day 14 and 15 – The Law of Attraction in Action – Pacific Coast Highway and Moonstone Beach, Cambria, CA
Leaving Yosemite we headed south along the Pacific Coast Highway. If there ever is a drive that someone needs to do in the US, it is drive this route. The winding roads along the cliffs are breathtaking, with the views of the Pacific Ocean and the smell of the salty air. It is quite the experience and I am very grateful for manifesting it. Another intention I set was this drive; using the Law of Attraction (LOA). I knew it was a drive I always wanted to take and put it out there to the Universe. I didn’t worry about how; I just knew it was something that was going to happen. Of course, everything lined up for exactly that! Even the usual foggy weather was clear and magnificent that day. I loved driving the steep curves of the road and we stopped whenever we could to just observe and photograph. There are many pull-offs that you can drive your car onto. I was so happy because I didn’t just want to drive, I wanted to absorb it.
The highway follows the Pacific coastline from Baja to the top of the Olympic Peninsula. The most scenic is the 139 miles from Monterey to Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo. The famous Bixby Rainbow Bridge at Big Sur is the most infamous of the 33 bridges along the coast. It is the one that is seen in most of the travel brochures. It is considered one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the US, and I can tell you, it was. It was an exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, route along the central California coast which takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Designated an All-American Road “among the nation’s most scenic” according to National Geographic. The route starts in historic Monterey, visits the art colony of Carmel, and threads through Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle on its way to Morro Bay. It was thrilling and a drive I could do over and over again. If I lived there, I think I would take that drive on regular basis with my windows down, sunroof open, playing Sting. I loved every second of it.
About half way through the drive is Moonstone Beach located between Morrow Bay and Big Sur. It is a gorgeous stretch of coastline in the Cambria area. It was amazing experiencing the waves crashing on the surf and seeing numerous sea lions basking on the rocks. It is also a great place to search for moonstones, which are found worldwide, but here you can pick them up and keep them as little treasures.
There are walking paths that run along the coastline lined with pines and cypress trees. The beach here is vast and beautiful, with dark, coffee colored sand, lined with driftwood. I found it so interesting how the driftwood would be arranged. As I walked along the beach taking photos or just looking around, I would stumble across these driftwood arrangements, wondering who arranged this and why? What is this person about who would take the time to pick up the wood and stack it? What were they thinking? What does their life look like? Somehow without knowing anything about this person, I felt connected, just by being in that space.
Across from the beach is the town of Cambria, one of the quaintest and friendliest towns I have ever experienced. It is very small, charming, filled with galleries, restaurants and shops. You would think it would be filled with tourists, but it wasn’t. It was like eating comfort food that was dressed by the best Parisian chef; cozy, warm, fulfilling, and gorgeous to look at. I absolutely fell in love with Cambria and Moonstone Beach.
The next morning we headed south to our destination, the west LA area. We made it safe and sound with many experiences under our belts.
Overall I would have to say, the fifteen days I was on the road was one of the greatest adventures of my life. Even though I know I set my intention (LOA) to drive across country and was blessed by getting the opportunity, it exceeded my expectations. That is the wonderful thing about manifesting, even when you picture exactly what you think it will look like, the Universe will surprise you with even greater gifts. Things that you never would have thought of and you become blessed by the Universe which makes the experiences deeper, richer, more vivid, sensual, tactile, surprised and awed.
So then I bow my head and say Thank You, and really feel it in my whole being.
Thank you for sharing my adventure with me.
With light, love and great appreciation, I wish you everything your heart desires.
One the Road – Day 11, 12 and 13 – Law of Attraction in Action – Mono Lake, CA and Yosemite National Park
After leaving Yosemite, I couldn’t imagine anything as beautiful until I arrived at Mono Lake and then Yosemite National Park. I know this is repetitive but it needs to be said again, I manifested this trip and adventure using the Law of Attraction (LOA). By setting an intention on my desire to go, I allowed the Universe to line up all the opportunities for it to happen.
One of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, Mono Lake is hauntingly beautiful, reflecting the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in its shimmering blue waters. An immense inland sea, the lake fills a natural basin, 695 square miles in size. The most distinctive feature at Mono Lake is its eerie tufa towers-mineral structures created when fresh-water springs bubble up through the alkaline waters of the lake. The lake’s salty water not only makes you float like a cork, but sustains trillions of brine shrimp, attracting millions of migratory birds to feast on them. It is a beautiful place to connect with nature, plus another spot that is a nature photographers dream. Spending the day there was a gift and I was just amazed at God’s creations and very grateful that I was allowed to bear witness of this majestic place.
Yosemite National Park is not just a great valley but a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
It is one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, it is best known for its waterfalls. But within its 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, abundant wildlife and much, much more.
Yosemite is well known by photographer Ansel Adams who photographed extensively in the park. He states, “It is all very beautiful and magical here – a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it., let the sun bake it into you.” His description is poetic and fits the experience of being there perfectly.
Every moment I spent in the park for the two days that I was there, was magical. The air is different and the light seems to shimmer. I loved climbing up to the waterfalls through the majestic sequoia trees. That is something everyone must experience, touching and standing under one of these trees. The enormity of them cannot be described in words or pictures. Imagine the history these trees have witnessed. You could definitely feel it; the vibrations are very strong.
Yosemite is one place that I plan to go back to. Two days was not long enough but I did get a taste and that sparked something in me. That connection with nature can only be experienced. I wish my words or pictures could do it justice, but it just cannot. Not even Ansel Adam’s photographs of Yosemite can, and he was an expert. It is something one must feel in their soul.
I feel so blessed by the experience and remind myself that I asked for it, and the Universe complied. It will always give you what you ask for, so you might as well learn how to attract what you want, not what you don’t want.
Until Next time…..
On the road – Day 8, 9, and 10 – The Law of Attraction in Action – Yellowstone National Park
For a photographer, getting to go to Yellowstone National Park is a dream come true. Using the Law of Attraction (LOA) I knew that I could manifest my desire. Everything fell into place when I set the intention.
The cabin we stayed in was just perfect, exactly like I would imagine being in mountains. It is family owned and they put much care into running their business. Everything was taken care of including the most delicious meals served in their restaurant. I loved that each cabin was quaint, private with no phones, television or internet. Every night I would sit out on the little porch with a glass of wine just connecting to nature. It was pure bliss.
Driving into the park, I realized immediately that I was in for some unique experiences as three bison walked gingerly across my path. I pictorially captured wildlife and the daily changing scenery. And nothing beats sitting beside a babbling mountain stream and the Yellowstone vista before you.
Each day had its own excitement. A black bear and her cubs are fishing in the stream. Coyotes are running through the open pastures chasing their prey. Elk, antelope, and moose are roaming freely, even the river otters are out playing.
I had heard that the summers are very crowded at Yellowstone, full of tourists and some say that isn’t the best time to go. But we didn’t have that experience. My friend and I found that we got to explore Yellowstone freely without being bombarded by other tourists. I say that is LOA in action. It was exactly how I wanted it.
Of course I can’t talk about Yellowstone without mentioning Old Faithful. The best way to describe it, better than I could is in this poem by Ima Ryma, “Old Faithful, the geyser of fame. I am watching it spew on high, right on time as befits its name, In Yellowstone National Park. That’s where I am bonding with nature’s fireplace, where colors and waters and rock make marvels of sensual space, entertaining all round the clock. But, below are forces that churn, and will blow up, some experts say, sending forth fiery ash to burn much of the hemisphere one day.
As I am pondering a quake, the ground beneath begins to shake. “
For me, the Yellowstone experience can be summarized by these words, you don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. The intent is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer. And it did.
Until next time…….
On the Road – Day 7 – The Law of Attraction in Action – Greybull, WY and the Haunted Bed and Breakfast
I always wanted to go to a small town and stay in a historic bed and breakfast. On our way to Yellowstone, with darkness coming and not wanting to drive anymore, I manifested exactly that. Here is the Law of Attraction (LOA) at work again. I never heard of Greybull but as we were on our way to Yellowstone, getting tired and still too many miles left, I made a split decision the stop in this small town for the night. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise.
The town of Greybull also known as Big Horn County couldn’t be any smaller if I created it myself: with an estimated 500 families living there. They have almost no crime, a police department with approximately six officers and everyone knows everyone. It was like stepping back in time. This was exactly what I was looking for. Not knowing where we would stay, we stumbled across the Historic Hotel Greybull and its recent owner Mylo.
He had restored this hotel keeping its charm and history. Attached is Mylo’s coffee shop which serves breakfast and has a speakeasy downstairs. Mylo gave my friend and me a suite for the price of a single room; just because, and stories about the history of this hotel. This is the LOA working. I was soo excited.
The Historic Hotel Greybull was built between 1914 and 1918 during Wyoming’s oil and gas boom. I was thrilled to hear that this bed and breakfast is haunted and used to be apartments. One of the apartments was reportedly, a brothel. I love haunted places and the excitement of being just a bit spooked. The story goes that the woman who had the back apartment (now the back suite) was a prostitute who threw lavish parties. She also was a single mother to a son who apparently died very young. Reportedly, they both have been heard and seen throughout the hotel for years. Doors creak, toilets flush, floorboards crack and you can hear laughter, music and parties going on. People have even reported seeing a very young boy and a woman dressed from the 20’s lingering in the rooms and hallways.
All and all it was a wonderful experience! And I can report that no, I didn’t see anything that night, but I did feel cold spots, see lights flicker, and I swear I heard the floor boards creaking. If you go, make sure you see Mylo, you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time…..
On the road – Day 6 – The Badlands, SD
After leaving Sioux Falls on the way to Yellowstone, there is another state park called The Badlands that I have always wanted to see. It is one of nature’s magical wonders. It is also another adventure that I manifested using the Law of Attraction (LOA). I knew it was on my list of places I must visit and wouldn’t you know it, it just happened to be on our way to Yellowstone.
People are drawn to the rugged beauty of the Badlands. These geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park protects an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.
The Lakota gave this land its name, “mako sica,” meaning “land bad.” Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is desolation at its truest, where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization.
This land of sharp ridges, steep walled canyons, gullies, pyramids and knobs has been so ruthlessly ravaged by wind and water that it has become picturesque. The Badlands are a wonderland of bizarre, colorful spires and pinnacles, massive buttes and deep gorges. Erosion of the Badlands reveals sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow, tan and gray, red, orange and white. It is definitely something to experience.
Spending the whole day there was truly a gift. Being able to witness how Mother Nature does her magic and the beauty of our world makes me really appreciate life. By being grateful, giving thanks and enjoying my journey I was open to receiving even more. The Universe responded to my energies vibration, where I was in the space to allow myself to receive. And boy did it deliver!
Until next time,
On the Road – Day 5 – The Animals of Sioux Falls, SD
My friend who I was traveling with and I decided we wanted to go to a state park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before we headed to Yellowstone National Park, which was our next big destination. It’s a beautiful park with a waterfall and an area where you can drive your car through the park to see the animals that live there. As soon as we drove into the park, I set the intention that I was going to get to see some of the wild animals that roamed there. Again, this is using the Law of Attraction (LOA). Believe me when I say it takes lots of practice. In fact I looked at my friend and said, ‘we are going to see some animals today.’ She looked at me and nodded, but probably not convinced because it is a very large area with thousands of acres of rolling hills and grass plains and no animals in sight. So how can I be so sure? Actually I wasn’t. That’s what I mean about practice. I had to trust and allow myself to receive what I asked for.
For a long while we were driving on the path with the windows down and the warm sun shining. It was just beautiful out; nice, breezy and clear. The only problem was we didn’t see any animals, well that isn’t entirely true. There were birds everywhere but that wasn’t what we wanted to see. Going into the park there are signs telling people to watch out for wild buffalo, wild donkeys and prairie dogs, along with many others, like deer, rabbits, coyotes, snakes, etc. They warned especially to stay in the car if you came across the buffalo because they can be very dangerous and don’t try and get close to a prairie dog because they bight and can carry rabies.
Remembering that I said we are going to see animals I thought I would be more specific, because in a sense we were seeing them. Remember the birds? What I really wanted to see where the wild buffalo, prairie dogs and wild donkeys. Living in South Florida I see all sorts of animals but never came across any of these. So I then declared specifically what animals I wanted to see. Then the doubts started to come, since we had already been driving for quite awhile and didn’t spot anything. I had to remind myself about LOA and how it works. When doubts come in, it just attracts more doubt. I was sitting in the space of wanting not of receiving, so I took a deep breath and refocused. I declared again to the universe my desire and let it go. I then became very grateful for being there, having the wonderful weather, great companionship and the ability to be able to have this adventure.
Wouldn’t you know it; we followed the curve of the road and just on the other side of these rolling hills, drove up on a full pride of wild buffalo. They were everywhere. They were in the road, right up next to cars, scattered all over the hills. It was such a magnificent sight. We saw many babies and because the weather was warm, they were molting their heavy winter coats. They were very docile and calm moving slowly, and observing us just as we were them. We even got stuck behind them in our car for a long time because they wouldn’t move out of the road. I was so excited and grateful. And literally not ten minutes later we came across an area where there were a bunch of cars stopped. I knew there were more animals but I figured they were buffalo since we had just seen so many. Nope, there were a whole bunch of wild donkeys. I couldn’t believe it. I started to laugh out loud. As you see in the picture the donkeys get real close to the cars. It was such a treat looking into their eyes wondering what they are thinking. Again I thanked the universe and felt so grateful. I was just so happy that I totally forgot about the prairie dogs. But as we were on the last stretch of road leaving the park it was open prairie land for miles. And guess what? It was littered with prairie dogs. They were everywhere, unfortunately those little rascals are hard to get a good picture of, but that is ok. I received what I asked for.
Until Next Time,
On The Road – The Law of Attraction In Action – Day 4
As I awoke this morning, I set an intention that I was going to head toward Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. I asked for great weather, a safe drive and reasonably priced gas. I received all of those things. You may have read or heard statements like, “you create your own reality” or “thoughts are things”. You see, we are all marvelous creators. We create our own lives through our thoughts and emotions, even when we aren’t aware of it. Of course we don’t create it alone; we are co creating with the Universe.
I have always wanted to drive across country for as long as I can remember. But for the longest time I came up with the million excuses of why I couldn’t do it. The long list of whys, not enough money or time, not the right car… etc..etc… As I started understanding the Law of Attraction (LOA) I realized that I was the only one stopping myself from taking this adventure.
So I asked the Universe for it and what started to happen were synchronicities that lined up for me. This is how you manifest whatever it is that you desire. You’ll be surprised by the wonderful things, places, people or so-called coincidences you can attract. The reason for this marvelous travel is the Law of Attraction. This law is as real and immutable as the Law of Gravity. It is always working 24 hours a day.
I also always wanted to see Mount Rushmore. If you are an American you must at least once in your life go and see this magnificent monument. It is awe inspiring.
Speaking of the Law of Attraction at work, meet Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum. He was the American-born Danish artist and sculptor famous for creating the monumental presidents’ heads at Mount Rushmore. The elevation of Mount Rushmore is 5,725 feet. Each figure is approximately sixty feet in height, and the entire monument can be seen from roughly a distance of sixty miles. Between 1927 and 1941, Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the colossal monument. He started by using dynamite, then chipping the rock away using hand chisels and finally sanding it to create detail.
Nothing like this had ever been done before and no-one thought he could accomplish it, except him that is. He never doubted for a moment that it couldn’t be done and he was right. Please pay special attention to the dates this monument was erected out of a mountain. Amazing, right? He had set his intention and declared to the Universe that it would be done, and the Universe lined up everything he needed.
I found this quote from Gutzon and thought I would end this blog with it. “Here is the place!” Borglum declared. “American history shall march along that skyline.” And he was right.
Until next time…
On the Road – The Law of Attraction in Action – Day 2 and 3
Wednesday, awakening early and getting a free breakfast, I set my intention or positive affirmation for that day using The Law of Attraction to get to my next destination safely and on-time. The next stop on my agenda was getting to Nebraska. I have a very dear old friend who is also a photographer, knowing I would be passing him; I reached out and asked if we could meet for dinner. I hadn’t spoken to him in years but not only was he kind enough to say yes, he would love to meet me, he offered up his guest room in his home for the night. I am writing this as an example to show how the Law of Attraction (LOA) works. I was not expecting it, I didn’t even know if he would be available for dinner as I hadn’t spoken to him in years, but here he was offering up his home.
I have put both day two and day three in this post because it took me two days to get to Nebraska. I had spoken to my friend weeks before I left and knew he would be a destination on my route. Day two consisted mostly driving through this beautiful country of ours. There were a few unexpected surprises along the way and I am going to explain how LOA worked beyond my expectations.
If I hadn’t stated before, I was traveling with a companion who is also a photographer. But for the purposes of this blog, I am writing in the first person. This is because I manifested this, including having a friend to share in the journey and the expenses. She just happened to be going out to California where she has a summer place, instead of flying she chose to drive along with me. Are you seeing where I am going with this?
As the journey continues a few unexpected things happened. So far the weather had been absolutely spectacular. I hadn’t hit any traffic, my car was running beautifully, I was getting great gas mileage and heading on the fastest and most direct route. As a photographer, when I go on road trips, I like to pull over if I pass something interesting that I want to photograph. On this day the roads were just highways, very boring and nothing interesting at all. In the back of my mind I thought that was fine because I just wanted to get to my friends in Nebraska. But before I left I had made a declaration, or set an intention that I wanted to photograph our country. Places I have never been before and landscapes that were very different from South Florida. Honestly, being on this highway looked just like Florida. Here comes the interesting part, the part where I manifested what happened next.
Driving through Missouri on the way to Nebraska, the maps and the GPS gave me the same direct route. Then I start to see signs that the roads were closed due to flooding. There was no alternative route that I could find. I had to stop and ask the locals. They were kind enough to give me a local map and highlight all the back roads to get me to where I needed to go. I went many, many hours out of my way but it was soo worth it. If you connect the dots here you will understand what I mean. I set an intention to photograph the United States. As I was driving through, I wanted to see landscapes that I wouldn’t normally get to see, and I wanted to photograph those landscapes. This is the Law of Attraction in action, I put it out into the universe, and the universe in turn gave me what I had asked for.
I am not saying that I am the one that caused this flooding, it isn’t that simple and no one person has the power to control Mother Nature. What I am saying is the universe knew the best time for me to be traveling. It allowed me to be there at the perfect time so I could manifest my desire to photograph the landscapes. That is exactly what I did. I saw the most beautiful rolling green hills and miles and miles of corn fields. Wheat fields that seemed to go on forever and the cloud formations were magnificent. Even the farms that were flooded had a quality of beauty for a photographer. I drove over a one hundred year old, private bridge that connected Kansas to Nebraska. It was a toll bridge with a man in a booth, collecting a dollar. At first I thought you had to pay to get into Nebraska but it was to preserve this historic bridge. I wouldn’t have had that experience, if I would have taken the highway. It was a beautiful detour and I did arrive to my friends in Nebraska on day three, safe and sound.
Stay tuned… There is more to come….
On The Road – Day One
It’s a Tuesday morning; I have set my Positive Affirmation with the Law of Attraction to be on the road by 8:00 A.M. I awake at 5:00 A.M. I am all packed and ready to go. Realizing I have roughly five thousand miles to drive for my entire trip, I made the decision that I wanted to get through Florida and just past Atlanta, Georgia that very first day. So, that is exactly what I did. I made an intention that I would get through Florida without a hitch; that is how the Law of Attraction works, and that is exactly how it went. Within ten hours, I arrived just outside of Atlanta at my hotel.
For me, this trip is about setting intentions, putting attention on something, and achieving goals. I will show you what I mean. I had been planning this trip for about six months; not knowing how I was going to afford it. But, I wanted it and knew I was going to do it. During past year, there was all this talk about gas prices skyrocketing to over five dollars a gallon. It was supposed to happen this past summer. At first I thought, “Great, just when I am going to be doing the longest driving I have ever done, gas is going to be the most expensive.” But, I changed that thought right away. Now I am not declaring that I and only I had that much power to change gas prices, but I made a decision to not focus on that thought. Instead, I focused on the thought of, “It doesn’t matter, I am doing this drive, and it will all work out,” and it did. I never paid over four dollars per gallon for gas during the whole five thousand mile road trip.
I had a choice; I could worry about the hows, or I could focus on what I wanted to happen. I choose the latter. I wanted this so bad, I could taste it. I knew the Universe would support me in my intention and that is just what happened. I didn’t worry; I didn’t think about it I set a Positive Affirmation and let it go.
So, although that first day wasn’t very exciting, the Law of Attraction was always at work. What most don’t realize is that you can make it work for you.
PS: That first day I got to my hotel with no traffic, because I was able to find traffic reports online as I was on the road. When I arrived at my hotel, it was clean and safe. It was so affordable that it even had free drinks and food for happy hour. Now that is what I am talking about, Law of Attraction at work!
Melisa – PostcardsToTheUniverse.com
On the Road – The Law of Attraction in Action
With the Law of Attraction, Postcards to the Universe™ became my new business because I asked for it! I developed my Positive Affirmation and life mission with a mentor: “I am creating the space to allow my heart and soul to soar, and showing others how to follow and embrace their dreams.” So, I decided I was going to leave my home in South Florida and drive across country to develop my new business.
I had no idea how I was going to take this trip. Nor did I have the money! All I did have is one friend to go with me, and another who would let me stay with her in sunny Southern California when I arrived.
The Law of Attraction in Action
As I was packing to begin my cross-country trip, the big, bad, negative fear block kept telling me, You must be crazy. You can’t do this. Just who do you think you are, anyway? Yada, yada, yada... I brushed the fear aside. After all, I believe in the Law of Attraction. I made a conscious decision not to worry about the ‘how’s’ and just go for it. I declared to the universe that I wanted to travel across this beautiful country of ours and see some of our magical state parks; our valleys; desserts; coastlines, and as a career photographer, take pictures along the way. So, that is what I did.
I knew my adventure with its experiences would provide benefits I could offer on a blog. I decided to blog while traveling. Early in my journey, I realized that wasn’t feasible. There were many places I went that had no connection to the outside world. No Internet or cell phone connections! I opted to ‘back blog’ about my adventures of my trip when I arrived in California—the good, the bad, the funny, and the scary.
I will be blogging about my adventure over the next several weeks. I have many photos to share and stories to tell. The photo above is the introduction to my adventure. I feel it best represents being ‘On the Road’. As you continue to read my blogs and view my photos, I hope to get the message across that anything is possible. It IS possible to make your dreams come true, whatever they are. That the Law of Attraction ALWAYS works with your deepest desires and not your greatest fears. If you think I wasn’t scared or worried about the ‘how’s’, you would be sorely mistaken. I was very afraid, but I made a choice, to live with my fear OR to pursue my dream—to go for it and have trust. And that is just what I did.
The Law of Attraction Works!
Stayed tuned and I will tell you how it is all possible with the Law of Attraction…….