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Thank you Jay and Kelly for an incredible wine experience.

Portland Perfection

The last time I was a single woman was in 1988. The world has changed in major ways since then. I have not started dating yet because I have been focusing on my health, spirit, career, and the ability to confidently stand alone, and to take care of myself, allowing the Universe to be my best friend and companion. It has worked. I feel like I am now seriously ready to Rock-n-Roll!!!

I have always wanted to perform and sell my art in the northwest, so I planned a scouting trip. I just left Portland, Oregon after a for day visit for my music, art, and soul!!! I might have a new retail outlet for my jewelry and art. Will let you know about that shortly.

IMG_8605I stayed in Portland with Rachel, one of my oldest, dearest, and most favorite friends in the world. She plays guitar too, so we spent a grand time jamming and singing. She has been like a sister to me since I was seven years old. We went many years with out seeing each other, but she is an angel on earth now as much as she was when I was a little girl. She lives very close to the Alberta Arts District so I spent a lot of time wandering around there. I was blown away by a gummy bear portrait of Obama, enjoyed an hour and forty minute yoga class at “I Am Yoga”, and just had a great time window shopping.

Saturday was just magical. We toured the J.Christopher Winery. Jay Somers who owns the winery is also an AMAZING Songwriter. I was given

Entrance to the incredible J.Christopher Winery

Entrance to the incredible J.Christopher Winery.

the honor to sing one of his songs called “Rain” for a charity album. “Rain” is a jazz song. Click hear if you would like to hear. I had never sang jazz, so this was a super cool experience for me. If you know me, you know I have enough energy to provide electricity for an entire town. I have to exercise everyday just to keep from combusting. Anyways, this song was REALLY REALLY SLOoooowwwwww. I contemplated taking a sedative to try and get in the groove because it is SO chill, and I am SO hyper, but the charity the song was being produced for is to help recovering addicts, so I knew the Universe expected me to find my center, and naturally get in the groove. It WORKED and it is one of my proudest vocal accomplishments. Hopefully Jay and I will work together again soon on the music. Until then I will be savoring his incredible wine.

The Vinyard was SPECTACULAR and BREATHTAKING. Jay the owner and Kelly the general manager

My favorite Pinot Noir called "Nuages."

My favorite Pinot Noir called “Nuages.”

graced us with the most incredible palate my taste buds have ever experienced in a wine situation. My favorite red wine was a Pinot Noir called “Nuages,” The word Nuages means clouds in French, and I am not kidding you, with one little sip my head was dancing with the clouds. My favorite Chardonnay was called “Cuvee Lunatique.” If you collect exquisite boutique wines from America’s Northwestern coast then you will want to order from J. Christopher Winery at http://www.jchristopherwines.com

Thank you Jay and Kelly for an incredible wine experience.

Thank you Jay and Kelly for an incredible wine experience.

Portland was perfection. I was sad to leave. On Sunday night I travelled alone to Seattle on the Calabas train for more music and art. I have wanted to visit Seattle my whole life. I will blog about this leg of the trip soon!!! Signing off for now. Sending you a ton of love!!!

 

Iz at top of peak!!!
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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,

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

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Storm entering Sadona.
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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

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Beautiful snake.
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This is the feather. If you want to read about why this feather is so important check out the link here..http://alexisvear.com/2010/02/19/the-black-crow/

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

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

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Looking back at what we had hiked. www.alexisvear.com

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!!! www.alexisvear.com

Fortune cookie from restaurant!!! Made me smile BIG!!! www.alexisvear.com

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

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Big giant crystal at restaurant!!! Wondered if it was as powerful as it looked!!! www.alexisvear.com

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

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Another beautiful shot as we left Sadona. www.alexisvear.com

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And another beautiful shot as we were leaving Sadona. www.alexisvear.com

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And another at Sunset the night we arrived. www.alexisvear.com

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