Toiyabe National Forest – Wild Horses and Burros

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It was my birthday yesterday. I was planning on getting out of the city, and was hoping to experience some high mountain air, see some snow and wild horses. I know.. high expectations. All my wishes came true, and then some.

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I was going to take my daughter on this adventure, but mentioned my plans, and we got company. Which was absolutely wonderful, and I didn’t have to drive myself, and could enjoy the experience even more.

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I wanted to go to Toiyabe National Forest, to the Spring Mountain area, because I knew that there’s several herds of wild horses roaming there. The chances of seeing some were pretty good. It also snowed there earlier this week 🙂 Being from the mountains in northern Sweden, I LOVE snow.

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I apologize for this photo not being crystal clear, I was shooting towards a very bright sun. I was so surprised to see this unusual friendship between a young moose and a mustang foal.

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This is right outside the small off-grid community of Cold Creek (NV.)

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I’ve always been fascinated by eyes, and how loud they speak, if we are quiet enough to listen. They really are the eye of the soul. (LOVE my new telephoto zoom lens!!)

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If I can have experiences like this, only an hour from home, I can handle living in the city a little longer. I don’t have words to describe what it does to my soul. I hope you can feel it by looking at the photos.

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My daughter enjoying lunch, with a scenic view.

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Without a doubt the best birthday so far in my life. I got so much more than all my wishes come true.

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I’ve seen plenty of wild burros these past few weeks, but haven’t had the chance to actually capture them with my camera, until last night.

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This is outside Indian Springs (NV.)

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It was a magical day, filled with joy, laughter, love, photo opportunities to die for, fresh mountain air, snow, adventure, presents, and even a homemade cake and song. When I went to bed I was filled with an feeling of immense gratitude, and love in my heart. . and thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes on social media as well. I am so thankful for each and every one of you being a part of my life.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Exploring Red Rock Canyon

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It is true that I live in a big city for the first time in my life, and I’m NOT a city girl. Luckily we’re only minutes from a really cool place, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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It offers a fascinating desert landscape. It’s an amazing place to explore now, during fall/winter. I’m thrilled that I am able to do that. The desert offers both solitude, and an excitement that is hard to match.

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My daughter found an open, sandy spot that she declared was perfect for a dance party. So we danced. Without music. In the middle of the desert. By ourselves. Laughing our hearts out.

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To me, the fact that she initiated this, is a victory. I love how her brain works. I pray she’ll stay this free spirited.

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She is not my little girl anymore. She is her own person, and I am so proud of her.

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Red Rock Canyon is amazing, and I’ve only just scratch on the surface. I’m looking forward to do a lot more exploring.

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My dog thoroughly enjoyed some off leash time. When we got closer to the trail head I attached the leash again, and worked through some obedience sequences we do several times a day. To keep her tuned in.

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While I was doing that, my daughter borrowed my camera and took tons of pictures. I kind of liked this one, that she took of Gretchen and me.

We saw signs of horses and burros, lots of poop, and hoofprints, but no animals. Hopefully we’ll see some next time. I love watching wild horses play. It’s one of my favorite things. From a distance, of course.

I hope your new week is awesome.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Sagittarius Viking – New Blog Title – New Home State – Same Great Coffee ! !

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My upcoming move out of northern California, down to southern Nevada, motivates a name change of the blog (NorCal Zen.) I don’t want to start all over with a new blog. I’d like to keep seeing all my friends here. I enjoy it very much, and I don’t want to risk loosing any of you. I’ve been thinking about the name for a while. I named my art gallery; Sagittarius Viking, a couple years ago. That name sort of describes who I am, which will never change, no matter where I live.

A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view (me-check.) It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life (done – check.) Sagittarius is extrovert (hmm..to some degree – check,) optimistic (YES,) and enthusiastic (YES,) and likes changes (sometimes, they certainly spice things up from time to time- check.) A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. It’s in my DNA, even if it’s a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my photography is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. It made it a rather easy choice, to choose the same name for my blog, that I already use for my photography – Sagittarius Viking. I should of picked that name when I started blogging 8 years ago, and just sticked with it. Better late than never 🙂 

You can still use the old web address, it’s linked to the new name, but if you want the new address for this blog it is https://sagittariusviking.com. 

Now this blog turned into “country girl facing big city life” for the first time. I’m mostly excited, and very curious about how this is going to play out. I hope that you’ll drop in for coffee as usual. It’s still the best coffee you can get.

I started to use the pseudonym Ms Zen in the blogging world, when I started this blog, and the blog title was NorCal Zen. I am always striving towards finding that zen in my life. Being in balance with everything. I think I’ll just stick with that name for a while. My friends call me Maria. You’re free to use either or.

Love,

Ms Zen