Die kleine Jizo Statue am Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple steht vor meinem Zuhause für die ersten Tage meiner Reise,
Ich hatte noch nie etwas über Jizō gehört. Er ist der Bodhisattva, der die Seelen auf ihrem Weg in die Unterwelt begleitet. Jizō ist traditionell der Schutzgott der Kinder, insbesondere der Kinder, die vor ihren Eltern sterben. Früher reisten die Samurai mit ihren Familien häufig umher, die Frauen verloren oft ihre Kinder, und die kleinen Statuen wurden zum Gedenken an diese am Straßenrand aufgestellt.
Seit den 1980er Jahren wird er auch als Wächter der Seelen von Totgeborenen, Fehlgeburten und abgetriebenen Föten verehrt. Als Bodhisattva des Übergangs ist er auch derjenige, der alle Reisenden schützt.
Gibt es etwas Schöneres, als mit so einem Zeichen seine Reise zu beginnen?
I start my travel with the Boddhisatva Jizo who is taking care of children who went before the parents but also taking care of travellers.
He accompanies the kids who passed away far too early in their way on the other side. So he is a sort of a travel companion. In Japan (and Jizo is his Japan name) the Samurai had to travel a lot and their women lost babies on that travel. Jizo statues were found on these old roads. They were given to these babies to take care of them. For now he will take care of me on my travel.
After checking all the different and beautiful possibilities, I had to decide that I can’t see all I want. I think it is good that alwas some desire stay. So Arizona and Utah have to wait.
As I was in California before I want to see some of the places I was before but also some new one. I hadn’t seen the mountains close to LA and this will be the first step. Followed by the Channel Island. The rest will be the joy ouf Route 1. Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The last visit of my memories will be Muir Woods.
That was the most northern part of California I visited 15 years ago.
Now the adventure starts. And it is not fixed because one part will be along the coastline and another part will be the vulcanic National Parks which are close but not to close. If I was able to change the trip, I would have planned a round trip which one part goes up the coast and the other goes down along the Cascade Range which is a result of the Ring of fire around the Pacific. As I will go in one direction, it will be more of a zigzag-tour.
I could read now:
“Park Roads are Closed
The Lassen National Park Highway through the park is closed due to snow coverage. Road crews are currently working on clearing the snow.”
Therefore I stay open to what will come.
But the highlight will be the end for me and it is still flexible: the North. The Olympic National Park with its moderate rain forest mmmmhhhhhh.
Finally Vancouver Island — an island which was said lays at the end of the world.
Travelling to the different ends of the world is one of my big dreams. There are so many places people call the end and somehow it is never the end. Maybe it is the beginning.
There was a time when films could destroy a bunch of memories or .….… made them more magic.
It is about 15 years ago when I visited California. In Los Angeles the film of my camera covered everything in blue and gave all pictures a mystic atmosphere. It was a morning at venice beach and I didn’t see any of these blonds with the red bathing costumes. There was just this man meditating in the middle of the freshly plain beach. In the back you can see the cabin of the life-guards but also the smog of the city. Some of the experiences at that time set the seeds to come again. The Pacific was one of them.
Finally I have a room in LA. That’s a perfect start, isn’t it?
As I had to stay another night in a city (it’s Perth and it’s the way we are used to summer time) although it doesn’t feel hot anymore after the past weeks (it’s 30°), so I could check some other photos. Now I will leave to other Nationalparks and enjoy the silence and peace there.
Past days were relaxing. When I went with the Ghan up to Darwin we had a whistle stop at Katherine and I visited the Gorge there. I got the first idea of wet heat. My nose became happy while she hurt like in office with the dry. But instead of freezing my nose got an idea of heat and dry air. Now she started to jubilate and felt really relaxed. Saturday I was lazy and it was raining so I didn’t even need an excuse to stay in bed. On Sunday I went to Litchfield Nationalpark and saw some beautiful waterfalls and weather was blessing good. The rain was on my side and it rained when I was in bus. On Monday — another day of rest — I could still enjoy the rain. You know the wonderful warm rain in summer… And I have been told the people here also dance when it starts to rain. But can you remember the heavy rain we had in Vienna 2 years ago and this rain just last 20 minutes. That’s the way it rains hear for hours. 2 days ago a boy was drown in a creek.
Yesterday we had heavy rain when we drove back home. Our guide was worried if we could cross a special point because if it wasn’t possible we would have needed to take a detour of 800 km. It wasn’t the depth of the water but the drift that let the bus swim. This is why people drown. But I also read in the newspaper that the human remains which were found when I was at Uluru belonged to a young man who was missed since November. He must have died of thirst. The other extreme …
It can be terribly hot when the humidity is up to the 90% and heat 36 degree it feels terrible told me a guy who is born in Darwin.
On Tuesday we were at Kakadu Nationalpark and I could see these paintings at Nourlangie. It was amazing. I was lucky to take lot of photos there and you will see them sooner or later.
I will leave to Perth and then we see when you get the next information.