Joys of Sisterhood!

Adventure Sister Stacy and I went camping with our husbands last weekend at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay Minnesota. It was a spectacular park with lots of hiking and stunning waterfalls of the Baptism River that led out into Lake Superior. We were only there for a very short weekend, but it seemed to be the get away that I needed to reset. You know, like an iPhone… power down for a bit and restart so I work on all cylinders instead of just some.

I needed to get out and reconnect with nature. I put my feet in the water, my mind back into the present, and gave my spirit some time to play. My husband and I got to the cozy campsite a few hours earlier than Stacy and Marty. We had time to set up the tent and hit the trail for a hike and to see the water falls. Jason was a little intimidated by the swinging bridge, but he made it over to the other side. I was very proud of him for pushing past his fear of heights, so we could be rewarded with waterfalls.

The next day we all hiked together, the park was scenic and vast, the steps were handier than BWCA portage trails but brutal in their own way. Luckily the water views and opportunities to swim made up for the stair master level 17 drill we embarked on. I think we all had over 10,000 steps in before early afternoon. I wasn’t expecting all the flights of stairs, but I believe they were totally worth the effort!

After our group hike we had decided to go back to camp and eat lunch. There was a great beach at the mouth of the Baptism river that led directly into Lake Superior. I wanted badly to swim and float on this 83-degree day and Stacy was up for some fun too. Marty drove Stacy and I to the beach while my husband who is not much of a swimmer decided he would be just fine enjoying some quiet time while we all went for a dip. We got to the beach that was made of rocks not sand, yet you would sink in them like it was quicksand in the right spot.

There was a sandbar (made of rocks) that reached like a finger of the earth just for the purpose of creating a pool before the river met the vastness of the Great Lake. All three of us wasted no time getting into the water. It was warmer than we thought it would be if we kept the current from sweeping us into the big water the temperature stayed perfect for this Minnesota girl. We know this because Stacy and I had let the current take us until it got so strong that I got a little scared and beelined for the shore and I would be able to put my feet back down.

We swam back and teased Marty about showing up to the beach with two women. All of us floated together having a great time while watched a young boy try to build up the courage to jump from a rock ledge that many others before had just done. In the end he did not jump, his fear got the best of him even though his older sister had jumped three times before. This makes me wonder about how many times I did not do something I really wanted to do because of my fear?

We swam for an hour or so then walked over to the other side of the rocky peninsula, so we could put our feet into Lake Superior. Even though the two waters were connected just yards away the large lake was much colder and seemed to have a fierceness about it. I walked in on the Lake Superior side and the rocks almost swallowed my legs up to my knees. The water was much cooler, and the energy of it was much different. It was a very cool experience to see how quickly Mother Nature can change her power.

I was in my happy place. I am a water baby. Always have been, always will be. Stacy also loves the water and as we turned to leave Stacy and I snapped a picture of us to document the moment. We didn’t check to make sure it was a good picture. We just took it quickly and kept on our path back to the campsite up more flights of stairs. When we got back to camp, I posted it to our BWCAdentureSisters Facebook page to let our readers know we were out adventuring together. It had been months since Stacy and I got together, and adventuring is one of our favorite things to do. We were both energized and very ‘here and now’ the moment the picture was taken. I believe it captured the peak of our happiness during that excursion.

I also believe that beauty comes from being happy. You don’t have to be traditionally beautiful to be perceived as pretty when joy radiates from your whole being and that is what the camera captured. Stacy and I are regular women, we have flaws, grey hairs, extra pounds, cellulite and everything else that comes with being forty-something and at that moment we did not give a darn at all, we were happy. Plain and simple.

Yesterday a Facebook fan had commented on our photo. She said, “You two are beautiful!”

It made my heart sing, not because I wanted to be perceived as pretty but because I knew that this woman could see our joy. It is not easy to find joy in our everyday lives sometimes. That’s why it is imperative to make time to do the things you love. I live in Minnesota, there are approximately 3 months of the year in which you can go swimming for any amount of time. Too soon it’s too cold, too late and dog days take over the lakes with algae blooms and other undesirable effects that keep us out of the water.

We made time to do what we love, and we were rewarded mind, body and spirit including a picture to prove it.

Thank you to our Facebook friend Pam for the nice compliment. I was having a pretty trying Wednesday after a great weekend escape, your compliment made my day. It made me feel like there is still good people who are kind, caring and most of all women who do not have to compete, women who lift others up, encourage other women for being authentic, without a beauty competition. It is okay for women to be kind and supportive of each other, we should encourage each other’s strengths, help each other on our paths, because we are intrinsically connected.

I think of the connection that Stacy and I have, and I am thankful for a different kind of sisterhood I share with other women I adore, the kind you choose. Neither of us have been blessed with a blood related sister but we seem to have found each other again in this lifetime. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t agree on everything and we have our moments of agreeing to disagree but that does not mean that for one second, I think she won’t have my back or I hers.

We seem to have embraced each other warts and all. She knows I am far from perfect and I know she is as human as person can get. I also still believe she is magical in her own way and I love that she pulls magic and courage out of me that I didn’t know I had. Sisterhood can be empowering if you let it! This picture personifies our joy on this day. Joy in just being us! No make-up, photo shop, or special effects can produce a photo that encompass happiness, it all comes from the inside.

Our goal as the Adventure Sisters is to pull this joy out of other women. To encourage others to be authentic as you can be while doing your best to find joys in your own lives. We do this by sharing how we do it ourselves. Feel free to share your own picture that shows you radiating joy doing what you love! It could be loving your babies, grandbabies, or fur babies. Hiking, swimming, or anything that makes your heart sing. We would love to see it!

Thank you for reading our blogs, thank you for the continued encouragement and support of our joint but separate journeys of the Adventure Sisters! We appreciate you.

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Nature is calling!

As an Adventure Sister, I can feel safe in saying. This girl NEEDS some adventurous activity soon! I need to get into the wilderness and on to the water. My nature loving spirit feels the absence of Mother Nature acutely. I have vacations planned this summer and I am looking forward to them already. Yet until then, I cannot just ignore this craving for wild countryside and watery adventures happening inside of me right now!

I live in a beautiful wooded area, yet I crave floating on the water as much as possible during our short Minnesota summers. My husband does not enjoy water activities leaving me to count on myself and other friends to paddle with. The kayak is still in the garage and has not had it’s first voyage of the season yet. So sad!

I know it would be easy to toss they kayak in the truck and go, if I was able to just made the time. I also like to go out on the lake with a friend, it seems more enjoyable when you can share the moments. I am not afraid to go kayaking alone however, I have not gone this summer yet.

What I crave is a connection to Spirit that I can only feel when immersed in the outdoors. There are factors besides my time that keep me active around the house checking off my to-do lists. As most people can attest, we can rationalize anything. I tend to put my desires on the back burner when busy. What is it that really keeps me from soaking up the beauty of nature while hiking, camping, swimming, and kayaking?

These are some of my very favorite activities. Why don’t I put them on my list of priorities too? I know that I must make sure I get my work done and keep up with my responsibilities. Yet isn’t keeping my spirit centered, connected and happy part of my responsibility as well? I think it is. If taking an hour or so to float my boat is what I need, I must do it.

My Adventure Sister Stacy seems to be able to get more nature therapy into her schedule then I, even though she is on the road almost all the time. I love how she makes time to do so! She and her husband just purchased a houseboat in Florida and to get out to enjoy it regularly. I think that’s a magnificent way to make sure you get some environmental healing. Although the boat is a fixer upper and they spend just as much time working as playing. I find her dedication to adventure and exploration admirable and I like to do the same.

Stacy seems to go through life lessons just a few years before I do, and I see how she manages them. I look up to her in a big sister kind of way. I see that even though Stacy schedule is just as demanding as mine if not more, she knows that spiritual connection to the Earth/Mother Nature is very important. I see how she finds wonderful friends who enjoy the same types of activities which gives her more opportunities to explore and have great company while doing so.

I have been on the lookout for other local adventurous and outdoorsy people to spend time in nature with. I did not know that I am so unique in my love for the great outdoors, or maybe my obsession with water is also not shared? I find this hard to believe. Clearly, this not true because it is a bond Stacy and I share.

Sometimes going on the water by yourself isn’t ideal or not safe, so I find myself feeling stuck in the house or stranded on dry land! But it is just a feeling and not always true. I can choose to change those feelings into action and purpose. That’s what feelings are for right?! They guide you to what it is that you desire.

Does anyone else find it hard to fit in adventure or connect to nature when you hear the call? I trust that one day soon I will manifest an abundance of water loving adventurers to join me.

Until then, I must go solo!

Into the water I go. To free my mind and heal my soul.

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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