Graiven works for my friend. He brought me to Jaco and back to San Jose, and also taught me spanish!!! Such a sweet human being!!!

Traveling Alone In Costa Rica


It was 10:00 am in Jaco, Costa Rica when I wrote this….Up since 4:30am. Went to a lap pool
with my host Brian and swam for 30 minutes, and am now sitting at the “Room2Board” hostel pool after an  incredible healthy breakfast, resting before I go surf.

I traveled here by myself as my daughter wanted to hike the Appalachian trail alone with her dad for her senior spring break. My baby girl and I had our mother daughter trip out west last summer, so it was time for her to do the dad daughter trip.

Two weeks ago I was at my friends birthday party and commented how I was bummed because I wasn’t going anywhere for spring break. She said why don’t you go to Costa Rica and stay with my family and perform at our hostel, so now I sit here mid week enjoying an incredible day with beautiful RED wild toucan’s flying above me, iguanas fighting over fruit, and a sunsets that far exceed any I have ever seen before.


Jaco. Costa Rica Sunset

I am just so thankful. I can’t express my gratitude in words because I am so overwhelmed with the kindness of my friend, her brother Brian, the young travelers I’ve met, the Costa Rican’s, and the beauty this Universe has blessed us with….

Yesterday I awakened at 7:30am to hike Miro mountain with 4 woman I met at the hostel and my friend’s brother Brian. He runs the hostel. He is pure joy to be around!!! I told him that, and it turns out his sister’s middle name whom invited me is “Joy.” How cool is that? I have never met so many young adventuristic souls in my life. The hostel is filled with 20 somethings, but


Miro Mountain, Jaco Costa Rica

I’ve also met the coolest professional women in there thirties. Last night Brian and I  had dinner with two best friends, one from Denver, the other from New York. I have been invited non stop to do the funnest things by all these wonderful ladies. This is important because there is a lot of talk today about the importance of women supporting each other and being more inclusive, and I can say with my whole heart that “room2board” attracts this kind of energy, and is a definite reflection of the family that owns it.

Zach Brown is on the speakers here at the pool, and I have had a blast at the music festival called

Mike Love making music I loved.

Mike Love making music I loved.

“Jungle Jam.”  Friday night I was blown away by a musician from Hawaii named Mike Love. His songs were beautiful, thoughtful, and they deeply touched my heart.

Jeff Sipe and Otiel Burbride played Saturday night. I am loving how I can travel to another country, be surrounded by beautiful country music and the blues from my fellow Atlantan music brothers!!! The jungle jam was sooooooooo incredible.

Otiel Burbridge and Jeff Sipe jamming at the Jungle Jam.

Otiel Burbridge and Jeff Sipe jamming at the Jungle Jam.

When I got invited to come to Costa Rica I almost fainted when I found out there was a music festival. I sat on a blanket in the middle of a jungle and listened to “Fire On The Mountain”, and it was a profound experience. My life is such a “Fire On The Mountain” right now, but the evening brought me a great peace. I literally started falling a sleep as they played, and if you know me, that is a miracle. To close my eyes in a jungle, to a jam of a Grateful Dead song would seem impossible, but the music wrapped me in a blanket of love under some beautiful stars as I sat thanking god for the moment.

A few days ago I went on a monkey tour with some new friends. The monkeys literally jumped on my head. We also came upon a sloth and her baby. They were the sweetest little creatures I have

Monkey on my head.

Monkey on my head.

Mamma Sloth and Her Baby

ever spent time with.  The trippiest thing were these little lizards they call Jesus lizards because they walk on the water. I am going to edit the video into slow motion at some point so you can see. I just have to figure out how yet.

I spoke of the sunset’s earlier, but quite honestly they are impossible to describe. Truly they look unreal. I went out to the beach with some


Yoga On The Beach

of the new friends I’ve made, and we did night yoga. It was INCREDIBLE!!! Soooooo beautiful. After watching  the sun set, one of my very favorite things to do is to just go on the hostel rooftop terrace and lay in the hammock and stare at the stars!!!

Friday morning I went to the farmers market and enjoyed the best coconut water ever. They just took a machete and chopped the top off and stuck a straw in it.

Drinking A Coconut

Drinking A Coconut

Pure heaven in the mouth!!! I could drink a Costa Rican coconut every single day for the rest of my life. Especially after surfing.


I LOVE Surfing!!!

The surfing is a blast but it’s a serious workout. Way harder than running a 5k. I am a bad news bear on the surfboard but I LOVE it. I realized it is 3 yoga positions. First it is cobra, then it is a tree pose laying down….. into warrior 2. Thankful to “Sana” at home in Atlanta for teaching me yoga for the last five months. She was preparing me for surfing with out even knowing it. I can’t wait to get home to atlanta and practice tree to warrior 2 every day, because once I get that down I am going to be catching some serious waves.

Me and my teacher Marina

I think EVERY woman in there forties on should take up surfing. I want to design a line of surfing clothes for the woman who wants to learn to surf seriously. I wanted to concentrate on the wave and not get distracted. The first day my suit was not appropriate. It was sooooo annoying. The next day I went into town and bought a
men’s shirt. I ended up wearing the guys shirt and my bathing suit skirt cover up on bottom. I know it looked ugly with me in that shirt and that skirt, but I wanted to focus on the wave and not my body parts hanging out!!! It worked too. I felt like WONDER WOMAN riding that wave. I want to design a line for women so they can wear a cool skirt surfing,keep covered and focused, and then walk up to the pool lounge and feel beautiful.


The Art Gallery Tico Pod

One other incredibly cool thing I have found in downtown Costa Rica is an art gallery called Tico Pod. Jaco, Costa Rica is known for the saying Pura Vita, which means the pure life and the gallery is
filled with paintings that ingulf just that!!! If you vista Jaco, you must visit this incredible gallery!!!


Entrance to my condo at Club Del Cielo

This trip is ending but it has definitely introduced me to a new journey I am beyond excited for. If you have not traveled alone, I would highly suggest it because I’ve never felt less alone. The people I am meeting are just incredible. I am inspired and can’t even wait to write some new songs, and paint some new songs, and get into a regular yoga practice. If this trip looks as amazing to you as it was for me to experience, then visit Jaco, Costa Rico. I did not post pictures of the waterfalls or the zip lineing but they have that as well. The Hostel is called Room2Board. I can not even wait to send my children here to visit alone. I stayed in a condo and ate at the hostel. The condo was incredible and is called Club Del Cielo . You can rent a condo for a great price if you prefer. When I go back, I will stay at the condo, and put my children up at the hostel. I Have had several songs inspired by this trip and look forward to sharing them and the art work that goes with them. Thanks for visiting a reading!!!

Brian and I Before Jungle Jam.

Brian and I Before Jungle Jam.

Monkeys In The Mangrove.

More Monkeys In The Mangrove.

Wild Lizards.


Another View From Hiro Mountain.

Poisonous Tree Frog On My Walk.

Yoga In An Abandoned Building On The Mountain.

Giant Crocodiles On The Way To Jaco.


Woodpecker On My Morning Walk.

Visiting The Farmers Market.

Iz at top of peak!!!

Sedona……Day 13…..On Top Of The World

Sedona has been incredible.  We left LA at 8:30 AM and were hiking a peak called “Bell Tower” by 5:00 PM. The drive was a piece of cake.  Something came over us though!!!  We have been on the road for 13 days.  IMG_3292

We started off the morning with Starbucks frappacinos. I must admit, we were a little sad to leave, so maybe that is what caused our irresponsible behavior, but about 3 hours into the road trip we went into the gas station and bought Gas station FUUUUNNK.  Flaming hot Cheetos,

Yummy Cheetos….Flaming hot are my favorite!!!

jalapeño Pringles, cheeze-it’s, Take 5 Bar, kit Kat Bar, bubiliscious. Diet Coke.  We just bought it all and got back in the car and chowed.  It was so GROOOOOOOSSSSSS but GOOOOOOOODDDDDDD at the same time.

The air conditioner was acting up again. It was seriously hotter than Haiti.  Another thing that was annoying was with all the fluid intake we kept having to stop. The ladies bathroom always has the longest line. I told Iz I thought we should get some depends so we could skip the bathroom stops.  11703082_699784846793321_1541680341772398181_nShe thought that was crazy and disgusting.  I thought it was GENIUS. She has refused this idea, but I’m seriously considering this option.  I just can’t stand wasting time in bathroom lines when we have mountains to climb and vistas to take in.

We came upon a storm that was beautiful.  I was so confused because I thought it did not rain in the

Storm entering Sadona.

desert, but sure enough their was a serious storm hovering over Sedona upon our arival.  We checked into our hotel and headed straight to “Bell Tower.”

When we got to the hike destination we started up the incline.  This is serious rock climbing.  SCAAAAARY!!!  Anyways, my daughter SCREAMS. I get to her and am greeted by a beautiful snake.  We continue the incline

Beautiful snake.


This is the feather. If you want to read about why this feather is so important check out the link here..

to a new path.  I am then greeted with a large black crow feather.  Many of you might recal my black crow experience on the path to where I wrote songs in a prior blog.  I got the goose bumps.  I was going to take the feather with me but Iz was concerned it was unsanitary.

We hiked to the top. I felt scared for my life many times, but man am I glad we kept climbing. We continued to experience HEAVEN to the EYES!!!  The natural wonders of this tiny part of the world Iz and I are exploring is just mind boggling.  It seems impossible that such perfection exists.  The land, the

Iz at the top of the peak!!! Mom about to loose her cookies as she climbed this little peak on the peak.

creatures, the soaring birds….. Just all these gifts provided to us for free from the Universe.  It is hard to understand how these gifts are not always cherished.

We made it to the top.  The decline was terrifying.  I wore a dress on the hike.  MISTAKE!!!  I was having serious problems.  My back pack was giant. and kept hitting things and throughing me forward then backwards on to my seat if you know what I mean. When I would fall on my seat, the gravel cut me up.  I slid many times but fortunately I did not get cut up too badly, but a lesson ladies…  NEVER EVER wear a DRESS hiking. I did take a selfie, as I could not believe what we had just accomplished.

Looking back at what we had hiked.

Famished, we stopped at a Chinese restaurant on the way home.  Even after all that gas station funk, we were still starved. We had an AWESOME dinner.  Came back to our room and passed out.

Fortune cookie from restaurant!!!  Made me smile BIG!!!

Fortune cookie from restaurant!!! Made me smile BIG!!!

Sedona is definitely at the top of our favorite destinations on this trip!!!  I would love to make a music video on one of these peaks!!!


Tomorrow we will hike again, and head back to Santa Fe for a day. Then we have a 12 hour drive to Little

Big giant crystal at restaurant!!! Wondered if it was as powerful as it looked!!!

Rock Arkansas, then to our final destination called “MEMPHIS”.  I am so excited to take Iz to Sun Studios and Graceland.


Another beautiful shot as we left Sadona.


And another beautiful shot as we were leaving Sadona.


And another at Sunset the night we arrived.