Nirmala (AKA Gavi) and Carlos’ Boat Journey to the San Juan Islands (US) and the Gulf Islands (Canada) August 2022

Nirmala in summer disguise!
Roche Harbor, San Juan Island

Picture is showing sandstone formations known as Malaspina Galleries on Galiano Island,

The next three photos were taken from the top of Mt Galiano in the Gulf Islands in Canada.

A day on Stuart Island, hiking six miles to lighthouse and back to boat. The photos below are from that day.


North Carolina Waterfall

Here are some more notes from Vedvati’s trip. The words and photos are hers except a few updated words for the blog format.

Sooo fantastic!! It is named Dry Falls which is crazy because these falls are definitely not dry. The Falls are near Franklin, North Carolina.

We walked behind the falls.

The photo below shows the rocks under the waterfall. See how they are a bit smoother than the rocks nearer the front in the video?

This reminded me so much of Amma, my spiritual teacher, and how she patiently smoothes away our rough edges.

Look at the water drops. When the water falls down, the drops look like the water is dancing! Sooo much fun!!

The river after/below the falls.

Driving on the mountain road after leaving the falls. Sooo wonderful!


Massachusett’ s Beauty

Vedavati has been in the US to obtain her next visa so she can continue to live in India. While she has been here she has visited friends and family and seen a lot of the beauty the US has to offer.

As always this post contains photos taken by Vedavati. The words are hers although I (Karuna) may have done some editing of the text.

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This is the wildest thing I’ve seen in years… the plane’s shadow within a rainbow circle. This was on the way to Boston.

The video below shows the house and yard of one of my relatives. It is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, north of Boston.

The photos in the section below were taken at Newburyport Harbor about 20 minutes from where I’m staying. I absolutely LOVE New England!

The canopy above where I’m sitting. It’s so beautiful.

The flowers below are from a lily garden at a friend of a relative’s house, north of Boston.

A “volunteer” off of another friend’s deck.

It’s a windy video taken from a relative’s red convertible (sooo fun!) But if the video is stopped, you can easily see that we are passing by an old cemetery. These are dotted all over Boston and the surrounding area. On one headstone from another cemetery was written “Here LYES. (name) died in 1776. There’s nothing like this in TX, i promise you. I LOVE New England!

Status Report: Monkeys at Amritapuri, India

Jerry and Tom haven’t been seen since the last time I wrote about them. Will they ever come back? There is no way to know. We can only keep our eyes open and hope they will return. We can appreciate our time with them at Amritapuri or remember the feelings they gave us through the posts.

There was s new monkey in June. I thought Ralph would be a good name for him. My son also thought it was a good name but wanted the opportunity to see what the monkey thought about it first. Meanwhile, I noticed he refers to him as Ralph.

Ralph

I don’t want to give too much information, but I feel as if I can relate a lot to this next video of Ralph at my current age and circumstance.

Washington State, North Carolina and Georgia Beauty

Vedavati came to the US from India to get a new visa. She visited me in Washington State while she was in the US, and we had a nice time together. These are some of the photos from her trip. This first picture was taken here in Washington.

Woodinville,Washington Sunset

The next six photos were taken in North Carolina.

June 3
June 3
June 3
June 6
June 6
June 6

The remainder of the photos were taken in Georgia.

Her finger is in the way but you can enlarge the photo to see the farmhouses. Vedavati loved them.
The farmhouses are on the left here. She loved how the old buildings weather.
On the lake!
More of the lake. I love the Great Smoky Mountains in the background.
Vedavati’s cousin Sue Ellen and her two pups.
Vedavati on the lake!
Another lake view.
The lake is named Lake Blue Ridge.

I loved seeing the beautiful and expansive sights in the three US states. Thanks to Vedavati that we can all enjoy the sights on her trip together.

What Really Happened!

Tom went towards the food supplies and Satvamrita said “No No No” to him. Tom backed out of the room and bounded up the stairs passing Satvamrita in the process. Satvamrita had seen him pass someone on the stairs earlier in the day so he wasn’t nervous. Tom stopped briefly and looked at Satvamrita, scratched a place on himself that itched and nonchalantly walked away.