**So much excitement!** • I plan on doing 2 shorter thru-hikes this summer (still researching trails) and have teamed up with @bonfire to create 2 t-shirt designs in order to raise money for my hikes! This is one of the designs that you can order (link in bio) which came from my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike where I often said I had to “keep on keepin’ on” through all of the difficult times on trail. When you are doing something as daunting as a 2,650 mile thru-hike, sometimes the only way to continue walking is to put one foot in front of the other and not think about the huge mountain ahead. • I am wearing a small hoodie in the color Indigo. Thank you for all of your continued support and I cannot wait to share more adventures with you!! #wearbonfire
■ Have you ever been to the thermal baths in Saturnia, Italy?
🗺 Saturnia is an ancient village in the south of Tuscany in the area known as Maremma. Although not yet commercialized, it attracts tourists because of its thermal baths which have been of considerable importance since ancient ages.
👥 The thermal springs and the waterfall are both very popular with the locals as well as tourists so the place might get quite crowded on weekends. It is best to visit the place on weekdays and in off season to avoid the tourist rush.
🌡The sulphurous spring water, at a temperature of 37.5 °C, are well known for their therapeutic properties, offering relaxation and well being through immersion. The main thermal waterfalls are the Mill Falls (Cascate del Mulino in Italian), located at an old mill as well as the Waterfalls of Gorello.
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Ahh I can’t believe it’s happening! Break the Violent Fetters- Life Beyond the Pulpit and the Closet- on Amazon 12/18/18. In 2009 I laid in a Beijing hostel room, 750 yards away from Tiananmen Square, for 2 days, waiting for my friend to leave China, so that I could kill myself for being gay. I prayed to God for 15 years to heal my so-called “sinful desires.” In that hostel room I began to realize there was never any sin to begin with. That is the crucial moment of suicide impending, spiritually-awakened, David-Bowie title-tinged Chapter 9: Little China Gurl. It was also the water-shed, Eureka-shouting, Fear-and-Loathing moment of my own life.
This is the book I wish I could have read as a teenager discovering my homosexuality in the religious Christian American South. It is told through my own experience before expanding into the border patriarchal, political-religious, quantum reasons that have caused so much unnecessary confusion & pain in so many lives in the LGBTQI+ communities. In this text lessons of empowerment through philosophical reasoning and personal experience are offered to the reader before ending with a blueprint of where I hope, we as a collective society, and as individuals, are going. Poetry is also interspersed through these 14 chapters- relevant to each particular topic.
It is my intention that each reader will walk away from this story with the same self-confidence, love, and acceptance written within these pages. I broke the violent fetters and walked into living exactly as I, as we, are all meant to live- free, empathetic, joyful, in true liberty, and the hope of justice for all humankind. @itgetsbetter#writer#wanderlust#poet#gay#seeker#soulpower#itgetsbetter .
744422:19 AM Nov 29, 2018
#fbf to Canada this summer-
Setting Free the Captive
I took leave of my bed
on the threshing floor.
Sunlight does not hold
the night for ransom
My eyes were last to see
this caged heart
was flung open long ago
It takes a river to tell the glacier’s story
“Fall and add your tale to the streams.” I’m a seed in cursed soil.
I have no rain to spare.
I’m always with bread,
alone. “Even in your barrenness
There are desert creatures thriving.”
Life forever finds its way.
Two lips can be an oasis,
or a divide.
Spit out the copper coils of your tongue
You’ve dined at ash heaps too long.
It is the mad who deny themselves a banquet seat.
Come taste the dew drops once again.
Why is my heart always the wager
For such high bets?
My friend, there would be no spring
Without winter sacrifices.
Tectonic plates crash created continents.
Life comes forward from the rubble
from the dead places inside of me.
I have split my life open,
An atom rising
A sky god in the clouds.
There is no higher offering
than Meat of the soul.
Love is not a slaughtering yard.
“Then what else do you call a garden?” I blame you not for the scales
grown upon my heart
I forgot they were there until you caused their shedding.
Stripping great piles from this rusted gourd.
All this time I’ve been Flowering in secret
kept even from myself.
One doesn’t have to see a blue jay
to hear its song.
You don’t have to say the word
For love to permeate me.
I feel it surround me
like fingers of the wind.
I have been blinded
far too long.
a different way
1321743:10 AM Nov 28, 2018
There is magic in this world.
It surrounds and permeates us every day. I have zero conflict or have come into contact with one unbearable person the three weeks I have been in Mexico.
I'm not saying it is perfect here- every country has its treasures and things that are in process.
I have assets and a few financial obligations in America that have been stressing me out. I am paying over $1000 a month to keep a life on hold. And now I am not so sure that I want to return to it.
I have been asking the Universe what my path is and it keeps sending me signs and emotions that it is to keep on this journeyman's path. I don't know the reasons but it just feels right. When I think about returning to America- it fills me with dread. I have come to trust my intuition. When I think about Mexico or living farther a field- I feel happy, satisfied, fulfilled, even exhilarated. The Universe is dismantling my former life, my ego, my priorities. I think that it all happened this way so I would continue to learn and rely on the Universe and my own knowing. Free Man in Mexico.
I don't know exactly where to go next. But
A primal force is calling to me to go farther. To where and for how long I don't know. But I feel Life keep calling me forward. The path of the wanderer is a gift that bears a special kind of aloneness.
The great quaking of self. Of breaking open the sacred parts of me. I am in service to a higher ideal, a purpose of unity and light. Love for human kind and for our Earth. We spend out whole lives building a life we want to live.
I am living the life I want by shattering it to pieces, and I don't know exactly why- except I feel I am supposed to. My heart quells with a secret ache as I stretch myself and bank account out further. When does the stretching cease? Do I even want it to stop? Will I know how? .
New post! “I’ll Only Know In the Moment” part 2- (link in bio) Leaving the metro in Condesa, I saw a metal walker laying sideways on some stairs, last night. A few stairs above was a man lying on the ground. I rushed over, picked up the walker, brought it to the man, asking if he needed help. He pushed the walker away and muttered something I couldn't really understand. I tried to move the walker to a higher step- thinking that this would better help him. Laying on the ground, legs twisted, the older man pushed the walker away and let it fall down the stairs. I looked across the stairwell facing opposite of us and saw a middle-aged middle class male and female couple looking as dumb-founded as me. The on-looker told me, in Spanish, that they had been trying to help him as well; but the man also refused any assistance.
There was nothing more to do, but let him languish in his squalor. He was railing against the thing that is his support, and I don't blame him one bit. He has every right to be pissed and mad at the world and god. Haven't we all refused the help of a tender hand? I tend to rebuke the help of those with forceful hands and words. Am I doing that now in my own way, by leaving everything & everyone I know behind?
I have 5 days left booked, and I am not quite sure where my next step is. Still in Mexico, but for how long will I live in impermanence? Until my money runs out, until I finally decide somewhere to settle down these restless bones and heart? Until my first book gets published? The answer will come. I will know in the moment when it's right to make a choice. I can feel it's getting closer.
There are miracles & lessons happening every day. I have not had the same experience as the man I met on subway stairs, but I understand the forlornness, the sometimes apparent cruelty and injustice of the world. Still, I have seen so much beauty to know that the uncertain times are the falsities.
#fbf A Psalm Across America- part 1
I did not see the great minds of my generation wiped out by madness. The minds were mined discarded into waste bins, Databanks of iPhones, drinking leaden water All the goodness being leached from bone and from the world, wrangled into Coiffed sound bites chaff given unto the masses. Leaves of grass once curled around our children’s fingers Pastures of the past Grew oil fields and shopping malls Our hearts and apples hang on withered trees Past and passed their ripened state Wilted fruit- still holding onto the blessings of some The promise of abundance Is for all. America tangled up in blue And red wrapped; writhing in the leaves of a toupee’d coup de gras Lines drawn in The artificial tanlines of a tyrant. I was held in the arms of a saguaro cactus in Arizona Two hundred years of solitude Like the forbears of children I have held while they cried or laughed or sat silent in the still morning hours After they left their parents And whose arms do we cleave to, now? Us the steady orphans Set towards the slaughter By the Generation that used to lead us by the hand. Into that silent night you go. Go it alone, we must. This seeking is not in vain nor will it ever end.
1012465:13 PM Nov 4, 2018
#motivationmonday (ps. this photo is a selfie.) 3 months, 12 states, 2 countries, 16 National Parks(!), 246.6 miles hiked, 14,000 miles driven, first book written, 13,000+ photographs/videos taken or recorded, second book started, 1 mental/emotional breakdown, 1 band started, car towed TWO times, 1 night in jail (full chapter/blog post about that to come😆🙈) 1,500 new followers, some close friends lost, many more gained and renewed. Saw the most majestic landscapes and sunsets. Felt one with nature everyday. So very thankful for this trip of a lifetime! 🙏💫🔥 The man who came back to Texas is incredibly different, stronger, more at peace- than the man who left this state, in a tear, in August. I can’t wait to see what surprises and lessons I have awaiting me in Mexico, and beyond.
Words cannot express how thankful I am, and thank you to my friends and family who have been on this journey with me- in person, phone, text, and social media. It took a village, many villages, for Khatena to Do the West.
Believe in your own journey.
If you have a dream or a goal, a vision for
your life- pursue it! You don’t have to have it all done at once. You owe it to yourself to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t let other people, lack of finances, or purpose be your excuses. Your path will find you, seriously, your destiny will come to you once you start walking out. Put forth the effort and believe in your own worth and your path will come to you. There’s always another way. There’s always something more.
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