Hello. My name is Jo Anne. Welcome to my blog.  If anyone had ever told me that I would go to Washington DC, (all by myself) for my 59th birthday I would have laughed. I never had an interest in going there until this year. FB_IMG_1495410156397.jpgThis year, the indigenous people’s joined together with others who supported their cause. I’d been following the story of the people of Standing Rock and the protest against DAPL. Being part Native American, my hearts desire was to be a part of it. FB_IMG_1495410171479When my daughter recieved an unexpected check on March 5th. I was blessed with the means to make the trip. With a loving push from my BFF, I booked my flights and hotel on expedia and Thursday morning, off I went on a great adventure.FB_IMG_1495410626081

I missed my first plane by 15 minutes Thursday morning, so I was given different flights and arrived at the Ronald Regan Airport about 9:15 pm. With excitement I boarded a shuttle bus that took me straight to my Hotel.

I was nervous about the hotel I had booked because many of the reviews were not good. To my delight, the staff were kind and I was thrilled with the place. I found myself in a beautiful room on the first floor. I thanked Jesus with much gratitude.

Friday morning I walked the short six blocks to the Whitehouse and joined together with the people. FB_IMG_1495410091305FB_IMG_1495580445877FB_IMG_1495580480985My phone needed to be charged, so I walked back to my room to warm up and let it charge with plans to walk back down for the concert. It was rainy and cold outside so I decided to stay in my room and just relax. My BFF surprised me by ordering the treats below and had them delivered to me.FB_IMG_1495410031679.jpgThru the gift of that trip to Washington DC, something happened inside of me. I found hope and joy again. FB_IMG_1495580137844Then first night I arrived, I went out of the hotel to take a special picture of the full moon for my grand daughter Nikki. It’s my special way to let her know I’m thinking of her.FB_IMG_1496472748383She taught me to follow your dreams no matter what others say or think, when she and her friend Abby, decided to move to Hawaii right after graduating Highschool. They are there now, living their dream on the beautiful islands. FB_IMG_1496060323349I knew the time had come to begin to take the steps needed to make the journey I dreamed of doing 4 years ago.

And so it begins….(Lord willing)

I plan to begin to travel with an adorable little donkey named Levi as my companion. Its a fun way to meet people, while exploring new places.