From a deep sleep, through and through
I woke on my boat surrounded by blue!
Ripe papaya, a paddle at my favorite wave
The ocean kindly gave and gave
Then a pack on my back, friend beside
found a trail to the top where sacred flowers reside
Not screwdrivers, sandpaper, paint or fiberglass,
Just wild orchids, butterflies, guava berries, and dew in the grass
To the top we wander, nibbling away
Purple lips, foothold slips, and a rainbow display
Looking down, looking out, so high and so clear
What a glorious start to my 30th year
Wrong turn becomes right, cascading water in sight!
A flat patch of terre, stunning views and cool air!
Looking west, the best…
But look east, my eyes feast
A waterfall shower fit for a queen, on this ridgetop plateau covered in green
pandanus-leaf pillow, crackling fire
and a few squares of chocolate are all I desire
Full Moon joins the party! Unparalleled gift.
Gratitude, Gratitude! Feel it uplift!
JerryMay 19, 2010
Happy Birthday Liz.
Jealous readerMay 19, 2010
Capt TroyMay 19, 2010
SeanMay 19, 2010
You continue to inspire. Happy Birthday.
Imas SakinMay 19, 2010
AmandaMay 19, 2010
Happy Birthday!!! I’ve been following your story for a long while now, getting lots of inspiration…and I’m soooo not ashamed to say one of my heroes is younger than I. Best wishes for a great year.
SalMay 19, 2010
Happy birthday! Aah, to be young and energetic. It’s a joy to see (read about) you capitalizing on your youth and enthusiasm!
Cabana BoyMay 20, 2010
Happy Birthday…….30 yrs young………..
jeffMay 20, 2010
Happy Birthday Lizzy!
ChrisMay 20, 2010
Lizzy–thanks for the sharing the beautiful celebrations, word and image. Happy Birthday.
DennyMay 20, 2010
Happy B-day – and enjoy!!!
BillMay 20, 2010
Wow a decade year. My friend told me that you get to celebrate all year on those. So I do. You can too. They’re special. You are special too, as You are one of those people who will never get old. Happy birth decade year to you! May you have excellent energy and all that you need and almost all of what you want too. Just a bit shy enough for good comparisons.. otherwise you might not know how happy you really are. May you have lots and lots of happy, active, healthy years to come. Cowabunga!
Kevin, Palo Alto, CAMay 21, 2010
I can’t believe it, though. I’ve been following your blog for years… “yeah, there’s this 20-something sailor/surfer who’s traveling all these places by herself, and…” I swear I’d still say “she’s this 25 year old sailor who…” :-)
You’ve sparked a lot of dreams for a lot of folk over the years. Your passion, your commitment, your drive – all have been inspiring! Some of us who are a lot older than 30 look at what you’ve done and what you’re doing and say to ourselves that we really need to pay attention to some of our own long-neglected dreams…
Rest a bit. Regather that core of strength that’s Liz. Show us the next thirty can be lived with as much excellence!
Thanks, Liz – and, again, happy birthday!
Said A.May 23, 2010
Happy Birthday Liz! May you have many more good ones.
Richard FrankhuizenJune 1, 2010
Happy Belated Birthday young lady.