Freebird Flashback and Fastforward

It appears I have fallen a little behind on keeping up to date with my travel blog. The events of my last blog post occurred a little over a year ago thousands of miles away from my current location. What can I say except, life happens… deal with it.

I’ll address the elephant in the room first. At the present moment, it’s just me… Joe. That’s all I’ll say on that topic.

Moving on…

At this moment in my life, September 5th, 2016, one very long chapter is coming to a close while an even more exciting one is just beginning.

Now… Let’s quickly recap the past year just to get caught up to the present moment.

July 31, 2015: Last day at the office in New York, NY

August 1-2, 2015: Pack all remaining belongings into RV in NYC, NY

Joe Driving - Day 1

August 3, 2015: Road Trip Begins Out of Westport, CT

Hillary & Piper Tongue

August 3, 2015: Arrive @ Wright’s Farm  in Gardiner, NY

Joe on Freebird @ Wright's Farms

August 4, 2015: Bike Ride from Gardiner to New Paltz & Back

August 5, 2015: Belleayre Mountain, NY

Joe on Bench_Fotor Cropped

August 6-11, 2015: Various Locations in the Adirondacks, NY

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August 11, 2015: Colchester, VT

August 12, 2015: Burlington, Waterbury & Berlin, VT

Ben & Jerry Heads

August 13-16, 2015: North Conway, NH

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August 17, 2015: Boothbay Harbor, ME

Boot Bay Beer Flights

August 18-20, 2015: Castine, ME

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***HERE IS WHERE THE BLOG FELL OFF QUITE SOME TIME AGO***

August 21, 2015: Quoddy, ME & Campobello Island, New Brunswick, CA

August 22, 2015: St. John, New Brunswick, CA

August 23-29, 2015: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, CA

August 30, 2015: Lunenberg & Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

August 31, 2015: Prince Edward Island, CA

September 1, 2015: Moncton, New Bruncwisk, CA

September 2, 2015: Back @ St. John, New Brunswick, CA

September 3-5, 2015: Back @ Castine, ME (Trip to Acadia Park)

September 6, 2015: Portland, ME

September 7, 2015: Portsmouth, ME

September 8-12, 2015: Eliot, ME

September 13, 2015: Lockport, NY

September 14, 2015: Niagra Falls, NY -> Morrow, OH

Taste the rainbow

September 15, 2015: Herman, MO

September 16, 2015: Hays, KS

Windy AF… Joe hated this place

September 17, 2015: Boulder, CO – The Avery Brewing Company was the highlight of Boulder for me. So many beers, so little liver.

September 18-20, 2015: Rocky Mountains, CO

September 21, 2015: Arches National Park, UT

September 22, 2015: Goblin Valley State Park, UT

Lots of cool rock formations!

Some more phallic than others

Kim Kardashian was there…

September 23, 2015: Bryce Canyon Park, UT

September 24, 2015: Zion National Park, UT

September 25, 2015: RV BREAKDOWN in Las Vegas, NV

September 26-28, 2015: Truckee, CA

Lake Tahoe

September 29, 2015: Sacramento, CA

Only some people will get why this is funny

September 30, 2015: Yosemite, CA

October 1, 2015: Sacramento, CA

October 2, 2015: Freemont -> San Jose, CA

October 3-4, 2015: Santa Cruz, CA

October 5, 2015: Drive on Highway 1 -> Hearst Campground, CA

October 6, 2015: Salinas –> Van Nuys, CA

October 7, Vista Del Mar – Dockweiler RV Park, Newport Beach, CA

October 8, 2015: Huntington Beach, CA

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October 10, 2015: Visiting Friends in Glendale, CA

October 11, 2015: Back to Van Nuys, CA

Got us a Nissan Xterra SUV!

October 12, 2015: RV BREAKDOWN Somewhere in AZ

October 13, 2015: Nogales, AZ

October 14, 2015: BORDER CROSSING DAY -> RV BREAKDOWN AGAIN in Hermosillo, MX

New fuel pump needed

October 15, 2015: Hermosillo, Sonora, MX

October 16-20, 2015: Somewhere between the Mexican-American border and Mayto, MX

October 21, 2015: Arrival in Mayto, MX

October 22 & 23, 2015: Category 5 Hurricane Patricia Headed Right for us. Grab the animals and run away to the mountains of El Tuito, Jalisco, MX

CFE trucks and Freebird tucked in nicely together
Waiting for the storm
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Patricia
The aftermath and devastation of the storm. At the last moment Hurricane Patricia took a right turn to neighboring state, Colima.

October 24, 2015: Back to Mayto, Jalisco, MX

It’s nothing but rainbows and ponies back here

October 25 – November 22: Mayto, Jalisco, MX (Phase 2 of House Construction)

Victor laying some bricks for the stairs

WALKABOUT #1 BEGINS:

November 23 & 24, 2015: Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, MX

Day 2 of my walkabout and already receiving guidance

November 25 – December 1, 2015: Hostal Olas Altas, Manzanillo, MX

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The arrival

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More guidance and inspiration via James Michner on the second stop of my walkabout.
Best sunsets in Mexico, hands down
This one looks like Mordor

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Amazing live music from local artists with the ocean in the background… what could be better?

The Marina, just south of Hostal Olas Altas was gorgeous and lively as well.

Manzanillo is the second largest port in Mexico in terms of total cargo per year

 

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My friend Danny that I met in the hostel… a total Chilango from DFimg_0576

Pimp My Ride… Mexican edition

 

 

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My last night at the Hostel with the bros I met there.

December 2-3, 2015: Colima City, Colima, MX

December 4-6, 2015: Boca de Pasquale’s, Colima, MX

More guidance from the bird in the clouds

 

 

December 7-12, 2015: Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX

Cathedral-Basicilica of the Assumption of Our Lady – Built in 1541

 

 

Lots of amazing street art in this city, but this was my favorite.

The classiest restaurant in town
Of course I had to go see Lucha Libre while I was in Guadalajara

 December 13-15, 2015: Guanajuato City, Guanajuato, MX

This was by far my favorite non-coastal city in Mexico. When walking in the streets you can’t help but feel like you’re in the world’s largest museum. Art is everywhere you turn and comes in all forms; from paintings, to sculptures and live performances.

Don Quixote Museum

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Catedral de Guanajuato

 

 

 

Such a romantic city

December 16-17, 2015: Leon, Guanajuato MX

 

h Fachada lateral del Templo Expiatorio de Leon

 

There’s a new boss in town

December 18-20, 2015: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX

Me at The Perroquia Church of San Miguel de Allende

More guidance in San Miguel de Allende “Travelling, like love, is an attempt to transform a dream into reality”
Sunset at the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel de Allende
Entrance to The Mask Museum. A vast collection of the masks used in festivals by the native people of southern Mexico.
 

Tons of masks from ceremonies all over the country

They even had a Guy Fawkes mask

December 21-23, 2015: Morelia, Michoacán, MX

December 24, 2015 – January 9, 2016: Mayto, Jalisco, MX

Back @ Rancho Sol y Mar

WALKABOUT #2 BEGINS – HERE’S WHERE THINGS START TO GET INTERESTING

January 10 – February 10, 2016: The Roof Backpacker’s Hostel – Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX

Soňa, from Slovakia came to Mexico to learn proper Mexican cuisine so she could bring it back to her country. Here she’s in the kitchen with the owner of the Roof Backpackers Hostel, Galo.

Manuel from Germany moved to Guadalajara to teach German and to play the guitar. The first stop in his journey was The Roof Backpackers Hostel
He had a gig at a restaurant down the road, so we went out to support him

Sona and I at La Barranca de Oblatos

Someone built a church on the top of a mountain!

I made everyone a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich before heading to Mexico City. None of them have ever had one before.
Here is where I met Tilman Conrad. A couple of days later Discover Magic Places was born!

DISCOVER MAGIC PLACES

February 11, 2016: Mexico City, DF, MX

We met some Argentinians who wanted to go exploring with us. Here I was introduced to mate!

February 12, 2016: Ayahuasca in the Pueblo Mágico of Tepotzotlán, State of Mexico, MX

It shouldn’t be too hard to find me in the pictures below seeing as I was the only gringo in attendance.

February 13-16, 2016: Back to Mexico City, DF, MX

February 17-28, 2016: 10 Days Silent Vipassana Meditation in Coatepec, Veracruz, MX

The steps leading to where we would be in silent meditation for 10 days

Here’s where I sat and meditated in silence with 60 other people

February 29, 2016: Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, MX

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Templo de Santo Domingo
Oaxacan market are incredibly colorful and full of amazing smells

March 1, 2016 – Present: The Sanctuary in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, MX

The final meditation/chanting session with the March 2016 crew
Kitchen fully stocked!

Temezcal with Shaman Mariposa

Group sunset before our goodbye dinner with the March 2016 Karma Staffers and friends! I love each and every one of these people with all of my heart. They were there with me during one of the most rapid emotional growth periods of my life and were the main reason I decided to stay and work full time at The Sanctuary. I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you and will never forget any of you. Namaste.

This was but a small glimpse into what my life has been like over the past year. I plan on updating the blog on a weekly basis going forward (internet permitting).

So… what’s going on with me now? I’m still in Puerto Escondido, but the Sanctuary is in my rear view mirror and the rest of the world is in front of me. It has been the most important six months of my life here, but now is time for my next adventure.

Later on today I’ll be partaking in a ceremony with 5-MeO-DMT aka “The Spirit Molecule” in a beautiful space on a private beach in the Puerto area… But that story will have to wait for next week. See you then!

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