On October 2nd my shamanic allies, shamanic buddy and driver Charolette Anderson hit the road for 10 days of ceremonies with the land and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park and the Animal Ambassadors and attendees of A Walk on the Wild Side 2016 at Earthfire Institute. Here are some of the highlights of the beginning journey.
First day of travel to ceremony with the land and wildlife of Yellowstone enroute to leading ceremonies with Animal Ambassadors at A Walk on the Wild Side. The universe has a sense of humor—rental vehicle is a black Jeep Renegade, lol. Packed to the gills with allies and supplies.
During the day’s travel saw a coyote hunting in the meadow, a red tail hawk sitting on a fence post, and I had my toes kissed by a dog named Scruffy at a very scenic rest area. Successfully navigated downtown Spokane in search of gas as we were running on fumes.
My friend Charolette and I had dinner at The Fainting Goat in historic Wallace, ID. The ambiance was spectacular. The restaurant used to be the bank, so the old vault is now the wine cellar. Very cool.
Started the day with morning tobacco prayers at the Wallace Inn. It had rained not too long ago and the sun kind of popped out as we went outside to offer our prayers. Weather forecast for the area we would be traveling through mentioned snow and thunderstorms so made a special offering and request of the Wayras (Wind/Weather People) to bless us with the best weather possible for our travels and time at Yellowstone and A Walk on the Wild Side. I felt their attention, they were listening, however as soon as we finished and went back in the sun disappeared behind the clouds, but it did not last long.
Charolette and I got out to stretch our legs at a rest area in Idaho and spent a lovely sunny few minutes with late season blooming wildflowers, toadstools, grasshoppers and pine trees. The trees had the most amazing bark patterns, being a cinnamon brown color on the side that saw the sun and a silvery gray on the shady side.
On my way back to the car I saw a beautiful two-color Stone Person lying on the asphalt near our tire. He did not look like he was from around there—perhaps someone dropped him. I asked if he would like to be moved to a more natural area. He said yes, so I carefully placed him at the mossy base of a tree and as I walked away I heard him say “thank you” (-: You just never know what kind of adventures you will have or who you will meet on these kind of high energy trips!
Arrived in Gardiner, and immediately headed into Yellowstone via the famous gate at the North entrance where I offered the Buffalo Blanket per shamanic guidance. There is a lot of controversy on how to manage Yellowstone. One school of thought is that the land is all solely for the use of the people (as written on the Arch itself) versus the perspective of preserving the land for the wildlife that calls it home.
To our dismay a park ranger told us that Dunraven Pass was closing at 9pm that night due to snow(!) and might not reopen in the morning. Since the road to Norris was closed due to construction this meant it was possible that we might not be able to go through the park to get to Old Faithful Inn where we were staying the following night. The only way to get there would be to travel back the way we came and around—an extra 3.5 hour day of travel and time away from the wildlife who were expecting us and the Buffalo Blanket.
Over dinner our guides told us not to worry, it would all work out. So we are getting up early tomorrow morning to go into the park early and maybe see buffalo in the mist…we are trusting that the way will be clear for us.
See ReikiShamanic A Walk on the Wild Side 2016, Part 2 for the next portion of our epic journey!
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.