A beautiful, misty, December hike through Forest Park in Portland Oregon:
This year has been pretty A-typical, weather wise, and June has been no exception. Normally this time of year it is still damp and cool and I have always said that summer starts on July 5th in the Pacific Northwest (as it almost always rains on the 4th). But, this year summer arrived sometime in April. We are now pushing 90-100 degree days with no end in sight, which in itself is so rare in these parts that both the locals and the native plants and animals are in a state of shock and disbelief. The grasses have already turned brown and the dark, wet, rainforest trees appear dry and brittle. The flowers and berries that normally bloom and fruit in mid-late summer are already here and are giving us all an uneasy feeling about what is to come.
It has been a while since I got out with my camera as I just finished up my first year as a classroom teacher and honestly have been too exhausted to think about photography. But, now that I have had some time to rest I am again ready to get out and explore this beautiful region that I call home! Here are a few photos from around my house to get started and there should be many more to come of areas across Oregon and Washington over the rest of the summer!
Two years ago this month, I walked 180 miles of the Camino de Santiago. Below are a few of the lessons I took from that experience that I thought I would share again!
Lessons from the Camino:
Judging others and ourselves is the root of most unhappiness
I don’t like too much choice-simplicity makes me more happy than complexity
I don’t like excessive heat-unless doing nothing is involved 🙂
I love walking
I am happiest when I am working to make the world a better place by building something, not tearing something down
Wherever you go there you are (I think this is my mantra)
Even profound experiences don’t change us quickly, change comes slowly and is often unexpected
I love my body
Being ourselves leaves us open and vulnerable, but it’s the only way we can ever experience life authentically
I want to love someone who loves me back. I want to be with someone who is as excited about me as I am about them and is as invested in my happiness and dreams as I am in theirs. I will no longer accept less.
A smile can get you a very long way
Everything in life is a reflection of yourself
How we imagine something will be is rarely how it is
Don’t take to heart people who tell you that your experience is invalid or less than theirs just because you do it differently
The belief that you are right is more dangerous than whatever it is you may believe
It is never about the destination, always the journey, but sometimes having a destination helps you get going in the first place
I am attracted to and value kindness above most else
Unsolicited advice is rarely well received
Flexibility (the mental/emotional kind) makes for more enjoyable travels
I love this world and all the people in it, even when at times I feel like I don’t
The past few days have been a whirlwind of adventure and lack of phone service…so I’m a bit bit behind in posting. But the following photos are from Doe Bay (Orcas Island), Obstruction Pass State Park (Orcas Island), Lopez Island (Yes, again! We loved it so much we went back!), and Friday Harbor.
Some of the highlights of the past few days include:
-The perfect pebble beach at Obstruction Pass State Park
-The full moon rising over the ocean at Doe Bay
-Taking a water taxi back to Lopez
-Tasting wine at the Lopez Island Winery
-Watching the final game of the World Cup!
-The great Hiker/Biker campsites at Odlin County Park on Lopez
-The farmers market on Lopez
-Seeing my grandparents old sailboat bed and breakfast in Friday Harbor
-The adorable cabins at the Wayfarer’s Rest Hostel in Friday Harbor