West

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All indications are that we’re heading west. We’ve received a number of invitations for the fall to connect and participate in Outerblue conversations. It is such a thrill when you begin to see dreams take shape. Connections lead to conversations which lead to collaborations leading finally to contributions. These contributions make all the difference in the world. They are the first real glimpses of a reality that exists beyond our wildest dreams. Time to hit the road. Westward bound!

Sail

Boat

Setting sail for the Riviera and looking forward to the time on the beach and the opportunity to reflect on the rocks and the coves that helped shape the voyage. It used to be that we got a little agitated when we went and scoped the crash sites. Now, we smile and find a sense of depth from knowing we’d never be here in the cove had we not landed there as well. Grab a rope, feel the breeze, RoadtripN the high seas is ready to push out into the blue.

Beach

Beach

Pull up a lounge chair and pluck a spot here in the shade under the thatch. Listen to the waves as they splish, splash, and crash onto the sands. Check out the photography vendors with their monkey set to pose for your modeling premiere. There are only a couple other spots in all the world that measure up to the people watching sport one finds on the beach.

For future reference:

Fire engine red skin does not equate to tan and is less attractive.
Free, unlimited cocktails are not meant to be consumed all in one setting.
European suits are made for european-dieted bodies, not for burger kings.
It is easier to walk after you rinse the salt and sand out of your shorts.

Every day COULD be like this one. Why do we choose to space these out into vacations? Wonder if the monkey photographer has openings for an apprentice?

Rocks

Rocks

We must go out. We simply must. We’re wired to go head first into the waves and push the adventure envelope.

But, with every good thing comes risk. And with every risk taken, the chances improve that sooner or later you’re going to lose. And when you do, welcome to the rocks.

Yes, they hurt. Yes, there is some pain, broken bones, and lost wages. Yes, there is probably even some hospital and court visits to be had if you take up the journey. Could we have done it differently? Probably not, we didn’t know better. Could we have avoided it all together? Yes, by not going out. But, where’s the life in that? Let’s go out, take our bumps and bruises along the way, and not shy away too much the next time. It’s just better this way! Bring on the waves, bring on the rocks, we’re all-in.

Cove

Cove

There are days and spots where you’re convinced that you’re going to arrive. Those days where you find that place, that zone. Those days where you breathe it in and know it may not last but it was worth every penny and scar to stand here even for a moment. This is one of those places.

A Couple of Roadies

Couple of Roadtrippers

A couple of roadies following. Taking the #roadtrip to see one of their favorite bands.