The Freedom Loving Adventurer

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Freedom-loving adventurer, that’s me!

In addition to hiking, reading is another favorite activity of mine. With July and August temps consistently between 110-120, I’ve spent most of my summer indoors with a book.

Recently, I received an invitation to download a free title from Hay House. I’m open-minded, so for fun, I chose a book on Numerology by Michelle Buchanan. I don’t take this stuff too seriously, but, you never know, right?

One of the alleged benefits of numerology is that it can uncover your destiny and life purpose. After calculating my numbers, I found the results of the Destiny and the Soul Number quite interesting.

Supposedly, the Destiny Number reveals what you are destined to do in this life and who you are destined to become. The Soul Number (or Heart’s Desire) reveals what your soul needs you to be in order to feel complete.

Remarkably, my soul number is a five (5) – a freedom loving adventurer. Hmm, seems I desire freedom and thrive on variety and change. That’s me, alright. I feel my best on a trail, in nature, or traveling and experiencing new places.

Coincidentally, my Destiny Number is a three (3) – a creative self-expressive. Is this a fluke?  I’ve been creative person my whole life, drawing, blogging, and photographing. No wonder I hated my fruitless job – it wasn’t my destiny!

Although Numerology is often considered superstition and a pseudoscience, I got a big kick discovering how my numbers were so relevant to my actual personality. Today, I’ll be a believer and wear that creative, self-expressive, freedom-loving adventure badge proudly!  Just saying…………….


One is a Wanderer

Two is company, four is a party, three’s a crowd. One is a wanderer – James Thurber

I returned to Sedona last Monday on the guise of celebrating my eighth wedding anniversary. Unbeknownst to my husband, my true intentions were to explore the trails the next morning.


First on the agenda was a five-mile hike on Courthouse Loop in search of Spaceship Rock. The grandson and I attempted this trail in August, but turned back due to monsoon-like humidity. This one’s for you Tyler!


After mile one, the trail enters the remote Munds Mountain Wilderness.  I passed only one other hiker, and was quite content with the silence and lack of tourists.


After the hike, the hubby and I set out to visit the beautiful, Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to visit, everyone is welcome to experience this sacred place.


We ended our evening with this stunning sunset from our hotel window.  Sedona’s beauty has me questioning my move.  I’m blessed to be only 3 hours away.


My name is (what?)………..getting in one last hike Wednesday morning on the Slim Shady trail. Destination, Cathedral Rock! Sedona is a hiker’s haven, teeming with trails of all levels.


After reaching the junction of the Hermit and Templeton trail, I turned back in order to meet the hotel check out time. After passing under the tunnel, I was surprised by a Javelina. Sorry, there’s no photo – I was too busy running.


I can’t wait to go back. This one is a wanderer – absolutely. Until next time. Sandra