A Second Chance

We left Florida’s intense heat and humidity up to Blairsville, Georgia. It was a relief to have a change of terrain and to sit in the mountains and forest. I love the beach, but after going every single day, and having a bus full of sand, we were ready for the change. IMG_20150622_164919556

The downside to Blairsville, was saying goodbye to our bus crew member, Connor. He found a job in Oregon at a brewery, that was so perfect for him he couldn’t turn down. Connor was what we called our, “Comedic Relief”. He is THE funniest person to be around, always keeping things from getting too serious. He also had a huge heart, being the one to give everyone a big hug every morning. Each one of of the bus crew members brings a specific trait or evens flaws that makes them unique. We all balance each other out as a family. Saying goodbye was hard, and leaving Georgia with one less person felt weird. It showed me that this trip could end any moment for any of us. We are blessed with everyday we get to be on the bus, learning a new way of life, and a chance to focus on ourselves. This is our journey of a lifetime.

Steven, Me, and Connor 3 miles down the trail into the Grand Canyon, a moment we will never forget.

Steven, Me, and Connor 3 miles down the trail into the Grand Canyon, a moment we will never forget.

The night before we left Georgia, Allyson got a phone call that brought her to tears. Her best friend, Louis Torres, got hit by a car, and is in the ICU in critical condition. Louis is a friend of all of ours, and coming from such a small town, we all have crossed paths with him one way or another. He was going to school for film making, and after the trip he was gonna put together all of our footage and make a documentary. Allyson was heartbroken, to be so far from home in a time like this. As we left Georgia, we were stopped on the side of the road, all holding hands and saying a prayer for Louis, sending him our love. We continued driving, when we saw a couple puppies. We stopped the bus, and one little black dog stayed in the road, while the rest scattered. We picked up the dog and took it with us, it was wild and very skinny. Ally said that Louis loved dogs and that he, too, would have stopped and picked her up. In the name of Louis, we named her Louise. She is now on a journey with us, and we hope to give her the wonderful life that she never knew was even possible. When we got to Tennessee, Allyson took a flight home to be with her friend and to support his recovery. We miss her dearly, and I know she is bringing her Chakra Bus positivity and healing energy back home where it is needed. In a time of despair, our small town has come together to support a loved one. People across the country are sending Louis our love, hoping for him to awaken out of his coma. Take advantage of every day, because tomorrow is never promised.

The lovely, Allyson Fordyce, and her dear friend Louis Torres.

The lovely, Allyson Fordyce, and her dear friend Louis Torres. We are praying for you all the way from Tennessee Louis!

Lou Dog, our new member

Lou Dog, our new member

In Alcoa, Tennessee Camden had some people to meet that he had never knew existed up until he left on this trip. You see, Camden is adopted. His parents told him that his birth mom had died after his birth. He lived his whole life thinking that, and then right before the trip, his parents revealed the truth. His Mom and 2 little brothers are in Tennessee and they want to see him more than anything. We arrived here and were all welcomed immediately. It’s so crazy, it proves to us how strong genes are because not only do these people look like Camden, they act exactly like him as well. It is a great healing situation for both Camden and his mother. I really like it here, Camden’s brothers are 20 and 17 years old. Their friends are always at the house and this is my first chance to get to hang out with people my age. I just turned 20 last week (June, 24th WOOHOO) and I realized that I have only been around older people, which is fun, but I forgot what normal 20 year olds do for fun, like go out late at night and go on crazy adventures.  I have made some friends out here that I hope to keep a life time.

Camden walking up to his family, meeting them for the first time.

Camden walking up to his family, meeting them for the first time.

The present, is a present. A dog, that never saw past cold nights and eating out of trash, is now loved unconditionally by 7 people. A man with dreams and ambitions, is now fighting to live another day. A mother and her child now have a new connection, when they thought they lost each other forever. Life is a gift, we are here to love, and complete the tasks that were given to us.

Me and Arnie in front of the Gand Ol' Opery in Nashville, TN

Me and Arnie in front of the Gand Ol’ Opery in Nashville, TN

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We aren’t always here for as long as we think, no longer will I say to myself, “I will start tomorrow”, I chose to seize the day. “Life is a race, and some of us make it to the finish line sooner” -Debbie Fallon

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11 comments

  1. Barbara Jones · July 6, 2015

    Love it! Love you!
    Mom

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  2. Anne · July 6, 2015

    Victoria, your “letters home” are just wonderful and thank you from my heart to yours. I hope for all the people, events and adventures much joy continuing. And PS: you are a truly gifted writer. It is so satisfying that your rich expression is grammatically and spelling-correct. That is not a given anymore and it is a gift for us! Much love back to you! Anne

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    • victoriaearly · July 6, 2015

      Thank you! The support means a lot and motivates me to continue my writing. Much love ❤

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  3. andyminer · July 9, 2015

    Hiya- Thanks for the posting. You guys are really covering the country. Good for you. I can tell you that there are a lot of people and prayers here in Benicia for Luis. We said a prayer for him the other night in fact. As well as for the driver who was involved. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through your travels and continued smooth sailing.

    Andy

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    • victoriaearly · July 9, 2015

      He appreciates your prayers, being that he actually woke up!! Look how powerful all of our thoughts are…have a great day 🙂

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  4. Debbie Fallon · July 9, 2015

    My day is richer because of you! In a circle of Love & Lite, I accept yours, and send to you mine. And Geeez, you look good!

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  5. judith renworth · July 9, 2015

    Dearest Victoria, How wonderful for Camden and how tragic for Luis. We have lost another member of our community as well. I don’t know if any of you knew or had heard of John Galvan, but in any case, he has passed away this week of cancer. He was a good friend to my original staff at Liberty and was the principal there right before Dave Barnus when I came. You all look wonderful and yes, older, maybe it’s not older but definitely wiser. I just got back for Lassen National Park and yes, this 62 year old kick ass woman hiked to the top of Mt. Lassen. It’s at 10, 127. feet. It’s only a 2,500 ft. climb but for me the switchbacks and lack of oxygen took it’s toll. This was my retirement challenge to myself. I am proud to say I KICKED ASS!!! If I was younger I would have been on your bus. I love reading about your adventures. I have had so many and continue to make more. You all do the same and when you leave this earthly life, you can leave knowing you gave it all you had. Love and peace to each and every one of you beautiful people. Kisses and hugs, JJ

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    • victoriaearly · July 9, 2015

      Wow sorry to hear, I did not know him. I am glad to know that you continue to live to your fullest! Much love from the chakra bus

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  6. Alex Harlander · July 15, 2015

    this is soo awesome!! Thank you for sharing your adventures 🙂

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  7. Uncle David · July 17, 2015

    Hi Kid!
    Wonderful reading about your venture.
    Great experience. ..for a lifetime…..
    Sorry to hear about Louis
    Uncle David

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