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Making Dreads

After Phoenix, we headed down to  Sierra Vista, AZ. Our purpose there was two-fold. To meet up with James, Jennie, and Valentine and to visit the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center.

We camped at the Thunderbird Mobile Home & RV Park...a little park right in town that is about as old school as you can get. I'm talkin' 'bout hand written receipt, figured out by calculator, by the adorable old lady kind of old school. Lovin' it. It was nothing fancy, but it was just a mile away from our friends...and location is KEY! They did have cable available...but you had to go down to the cable company and ask for a box. We figured we would be ok for one night ;-)

Bella had a nice patch of dirt to call home in front of the RV and she was happy. We got settled and headed over to have supper with James, Jennie, and Valentine (don't you just love that name?!). Jennie and I connected online when their family was buying an RV to travel/live in. You can more about their adventures on her blog.

Jennie had prepared a delicious meal of organic goodness. Green salad with goji berries + coconut peanut dressing, quinoa, stir-fried veggies, lettuce wraps, and a bean/corn concoction that was really yummy. We followed it all up with a Coconut Bliss + Newman's Own Oreo + Almond Milk shake. Totally delish. This family knows how we like to eat!

After supper we sat down on the couch and put dreads in Jennie's hair! Yay for dreads. She totally rocks them!

We chatted and watched movies while we backcombed and backcombed. Valentine is just a few months older than Lucy and they spent their time toddling and crawling around the living room. They hung in there just long enough for us to finish in record time...2 hours!

The next day, we met up at the RV and headed over to the Tree of Life. More on that in the next post!

Photos from Sierra Vista here.
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Some people can pull off the dreads. I don't think I'll ever be one of them, but the style is pretty awesome on the folks that do it right!

The food makes me hungry... Oh no... Midnight cravings... Not good.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Yay for new dreadies!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Tara

Oh, I've been contemplating having dreads again for a while...but I cut my hair last fall and I just didn't think it was long enough quite yet....can you share how long her hair was before dreading? how much length was lost?

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Love it! I just got my dreads put in on Tuesday. I'm loving your blog. It's very refreshing!

To the commenter above - my hair is very, very short (undreaded, it was between 3 and 5 inches and it's even shorter, now!) but it works. They'll take a while to lay flat, but I don't mind. It adds a funky element. :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Rissa

I want dreads! I'm still hesitant, but someday. :-)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNina Nelson

I want them!!! You did a great job too

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Did you use wax at all? I'm not waxing. But, I'm so tempted. I really like mine though! I hope she does, too.

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherlee

I've recently stumbled upon your blog and really enjoy it. I find your lifestyle very inspiring :)

A friend of mine has locks and when she got hers started her loctician told her she shouldn't refer to them as dreads or dreadlocks because the term has a derogatory history. The term originated because blacks who wore locks were said to look 'dreadful' with the hairstyle, hence the term dreadlocks. I thought you might want to know this in case you hadn't heard it before.

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulianne

Hi Julianne...thanks for writing! That's actually not accurate...dreadlocks date back much farther than can read more about the history of dreadlocks on my blog here:

March 12, 2010 | Registered CommenterSara Janssen

Oh, I wasn't referring to the origin of the locks themselves, but the term. I know the hairstyle dates way back, but the term 'dreadlocks' came about in the 1950s.

"In Jamaica the term dreadlocks was first recorded in the 1950s as a derogatory term when the "Young Black Faith", an early sect of the Rastafari which began among the marginalized poor of Jamaica in the 1930s, ceased to copy the particular hair style of Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and began to wear dreadlocks instead. It was said that they looked 'dreadful' with their locks, which gave birth to the modern name 'dreadlocks' for this ancient style." -from

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulianne

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