Dear Michigan, our Home and Heartland,
No amount of words can capture the Feeling we have for your land and its contents. We want to thank you for providing us with an amazing childhood and adolescence, for the endless fun, memories, and important lessons. We have perpetual appreciation for the warm sun, trails, dunes, rivers, wildlife, people, and places that have shaped us over the past twenty years. Thank you for our Source, Lake Michigan; the baptizing, beautiful, vessel of pure energy that completes us. It has been such a blessing to grow up here. Unbeatable Michigan summers, gorgeous autumn, cozy winter, and reawakening spring. The flow of your seasons, the flow in us. Total Balance. We respect all your displays of nature, both peaceful and dramatic. Thank you for the amazing people that have helped us grow, made us laugh, and made a stable community. No matter how far or long we roam, we will always be Michigan Kids. We love you.
We are forever grateful.
Love, Sierra Schuetz and Frederick Flipse
This is the letter my boyfriend, Fred and I wrote to Michigan the day before we left for our Adventure. We wrote this at the Holland State Park on a surprising warm windy day. We then filled a Mason jar with feathers, beach glass, pebbles, dune grass, sand from the beach, and then finally the letter. We sealed the jar as tight as we could and threw it off the pier, into Lake Michigan. Hopefully the jar is so heavy it stays at the bottom –our gratitude and love forever sealed and present, unmoved by time and rolling water. However I wouldn’t be surprised if a Tulip Time tourist picked it up next summer on the shore.
The next day we set off for the grand and glorious adventure that will consume our lives. The epic unfolding tale of travelling nomadically through the world. For the first year we will travel by car to different organic farms where we exchange a helping hand for a place to stay and three square meals a day, living communally and learning about homesteading. During the month of December we will join the Rainbow Gathering in Palenque, Mexico at a Mayan ruin site for the 2012 shift. Then (assuming the world doesn’t transcend and change life as we know it) we will work the summer at Yosemite National Park in California. Earn some cash, sell the car and buy a one way ticket to New Zealand. Then backpack our way through New Zealand, Australia and work our way up the Indonesian Islands to Asia. We are going to work, play, meet people, develop our spirituality, and see the natural wonders of this amazing planet -the true pursuit of happiness and adventure. A slow moving, all experiencing saga guided by a steady stream of positive energy and open minds.