When I first learned I would be traveling to Canada to set up a new Dreampod Stealth I was pretty damn excited considering it would be a first for me. Luckily, I had received my passport a short time before. Yes, that’s right…35 years old and I didn’t have a passport nor had I been out of the Country in all my years, technically. When I was 18 I went on a cruise to Mexico with my Senior class. I got strep throat and never left the boat. So I guess I had been in international waters.
One of the things I’m not to fond of is flying. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the act of flying. No issues what so ever with being 30,000 ft in the air inside a metal tube. But I really despise being herded onto an airplane like cattle and then crammed into small confined spaces for hours at a time with complete strangers. I’m a big tall man and most airplanes have been designed with the comfort of a 6 year old in mind. But no worries, they give you a snack, a sip of water, a blanket and pillow if you ask nicely. Then it’s nap time…just like a 6 year old.
This trip would require 2 flights and a 2 hour drive through North Dakota and over the border into Canada. I had visions of what it would be like crossing the border. Blowing through roadblocks, back windows being shot out by Mounties on horseback, having to lie and bribe my way in, or ditching my car down some deserted road and sneaking across the border under the cover of night. Avoiding spotlights and the risk of being attacked by rabid dogs. Turned out to be rather less exciting than any of that. As a matter of fact, it was all of about 5 minutes of sitting in my car while the Officer did what they do and handed me back my passport. What a disappointment.
My trips to install Dreampods have all been unique and interesting. Estevan was no different. Turns out, it’s a rather small town with a population in the neighborhood of 11,000. I arrived in the afternoon and was greeted by the owners of Beyond Gravity, Colin and April Wilhelm. They decided to open a float center after April floated just once and experienced the amazing benefits. They were incredibly kind and accommodating. I found nearly everyone I came into contact with to be the same. I’ve heard before how nice Canadian’s are and turns out everyone was right.
There center was very nice and comfortable. I was extremely excited because their float room was rather large which provided me with plenty of working space. Remember I mentioned I’m a big guy? Well, at times I have to dislocate a hip and contort my body in order to fit behind and around the Pod while connecting all the hoses and fittings. Luckily, this time I would have plenty of room.
They chose the Dreampod Stealth for their floatation tank. I love installing the Stealth merely because they look so kick ass. Don’t get me wrong, all Dreampods look kick ass, but there’s something about the jet black Stealth that just does it for me.
I have streamlined and nearly perfected the installation process so it’s not long before I was finished with the first day. With my hands covered in the remnants of black silicone, I share a beer with Colin before heading off to bed. At this point, I’ve been awake for over 18 hours and want nothing more than sleep.
The next day I awake, far too early, and look outside. There’s a light fog still hanging in the air and the first signs of light creeping into the darkness. By the end of this day the Pod will essentially be finished. I will have filled it with water and 1000 pounds of salt. There’s always a sense of, not just accomplishment, but pride once I finish a Pod. I’m such a believer in the benefits of floating and have seen time and time again how people’s lives have been impacted and truly changed by laying back in the magical salty water. I love thinking about the thousands of people that will eventually float in the Pods I install and how many lives will be affected.
On this day I had time to explore Estevan a little and found the coolest little Metaphysical shop, Soul Hideout. When I travel for Dreampod, I always try to find time to record a podcast with someone in the area. This trip I didn’t have my equipment but I did have my cellphone. When in doubt a Facebook Live video/interview gets the job done. I met the owner of Soul Hideout, Roxy Blackmore, and she graciously agreed to do a video with me. She was amazing and I instantly regretted not bringing all my gear so we could have recorded a full episode. You can check out the video here, https://www.facebook.com/energyislovepodcast/
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to travel and meet so many interesting and amazing people. Estevan was no different. The trip provided several new opportunities and experiences for me. I’ll take the 1:00 a.m. wake up and driving through the dense fog of Saskatchewan on 2 cups of bad McDonald’s coffee in order to make my flight back home any day. Canadians were polite and kind, crossing the border wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought, and I was totally fine in my shorts and sandals…most of the time.
So, when you’re in the area stop by Beyond Gravity, say hello to April and Colin, and tell them Craig sent you. Then crawl inside the Stealth Dreampod I installed for you. Relax, breathe, and let your mind go…who knows where you’ll end up.