Diane and Karl
sent me a Tortoise Totem
a pretty little piece of pink quartz
I'm hoping to have my tortoise home soon,
and will keep this totem on the dashboard
as a reminder of their support.
Tortoise: they represent independence,
travel, and the ability to not be tied down
or chained to one place as they carry their home
with them wherever they desire.
The Tortoise symbolizes
fortitude and perserverance.
In both Sioux and Chinese culture
it represents birth and new beginnings.
It also means longevity, protection, support, wealth and prosperity.
This is a new beginning, as this dream of traveling
around will be a solo trip. In October 2009
I suddenly became a widow and will have to
continue on this journey by myself.
Hopefully my husband is looking over me
and will help me get through the
challenges that I am sure to face.
We had 33 great years together and
many trips over the past 10 years
but not in a camper, we drove and stayed in
cabins or motels. The best and last was our
2009 trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
and then to Zion, Bryce & Arches N.P.