March 26th, 2016

As many of you know, I’ve been traveling the world since October, 2015. I decided not to blog, despite many of your requests, because I was posting photos each day to document my journey and wanted to write about my journey unfiltered by writing for an audience. But last week in Tayrona was too beautiful to not share, so here I am breaking my decision to not blog about my trip :). Hope you enjoy! 

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Don Pedro in the Day Don Pedro in the Day

What a magical night! I’m currently in Tayrona Park at the elusive Don Pedro campsite. It’s 8:50 pm and I just walked around the grounds, mesmerized by the stars and the quarter moon beneath the wax palm trees. 

Imagine—walking softly, you feel the crunch of dirt and leaves beneath your feet. It’s early, yet the space is extremely peaceful. You raise your eyes to the sky as puffy white clouds glide smoothly over the moon like a loving mother cloaking her baby. You crane your neck up to admire the 30 towering wax palms peppering the campsite. These trees majestically arch up to the heavens framed by speckled stars. You recognize Orion’s Belt, the Big Dipper and other constellations. It’s rare to see such a clear sky— no light pollution at all. The stars are so bright, the night air crisp and clear. And the moon, oh the moon! 

You feel a pang of regret that your camera can’t capture this extraordinary moment, can’t capture the stars hanging in the sky or the moon peeking out behind the trees. You attempt to take a picture anyways and all that appears on your screen is blackness. You tuck your camera away in your pocket with a sigh, returning your gaze to the sky. You open your eyes as wide as possible as if this would better imprint this moment to memory forever. In a way, it’s a blessing that you can’t even begin to capture this vision in a snapshot as it makes you appreciate it, savor each second even more. 

You look around you, enveloped by nature, and a huge wave of gratitude courses through your body as you are again reminded of the beauty in the world and how insignificantly small you are! You feel one with the earth, one with the ground, the sky, the moon, the stars, the universe. You feel a tingling in your fingertips that spreads to every cell of your body, filling you with wonder, joy, excitement and love.