I’ve been super MIA and neglectful of my blog throughout the past few weeks… *hangs head in shame* With summer quickly closing in on us and fall rearing its beautiful multi-colored head, we have been trying to get as much backpacking, hiking, and camping in before the skies open up and we get dumped on. … More Back from an Outdoor-Induced Hiatus
I truly hope I’m not the only one who does this… At the end of amazing trips, phenomenal experiences, and relaxing vacations I often find myself holding back a few bittersweet tears; incredibly sad to be leaving, and blissfully happy to have tucked another memory under my belt. That was this past weekend. A weekend of … More Pure Nostalgia
Every year, my husband and I try to get at least one longer backpacking trip in. We go on countless day and weekend trips, but we always look forward to that one, week-ish long vacation in which we completely unplug. An opportunity to recharge, relax, and reset, we savor this time each summer, and this year … More Annual Backpacking Trip Adventures!
Small stones dig into the arches of my feet, free of boots instantly after reaching the pebbly shoreline. Pack thrown to the ground, hands on hips, I stand in the crisp spring breeze, chest heaving from exertion. Gulping deep breaths, mist rising from the flowing river creeps up my nostrils, down my throat, coating my insides with … More Mother Earth: The Greatest of All Inspiration
Collecting droplets fall onto pale, pink cheeks. Familiar fresh of rain just poured smells of green, sweet pine, clay earth. Muddy depths flow beneath, eddies pool, murk rushes alongside. Heron stalks, prances, delicately stabs. Oh, to be a river creature, sliding through, skirting around, swimming between. That weightless freedom, that chilled connection of being one. … More Green Pine and Clay
Glimmer and glisten, ice crept in, coating brilliant red, orange, gold in cocoon. Freezing. Snapping. Encased in chill, sleeping through glass shattering sound of branch, ice hitting pavement. Street lamps glowed through heavy, laden limbs. Soft amber of night kissing bare skin. Morning sun crept through the thick grey, leaves dripping, soggy mush to remain. … More Amber Ice
This weekend I participated in my first “official” writing retreat as a member of Oregon Writers Colony. As a member, I have access to Colonyhouse, an idyllic cabin boasting views of both the stunning Oregon Coast and the beautiful Lake Lytle. With it being NaNoWriMo, I wanted to attempt to take a full weekend to write, escape to this … More Writing Retreat = Success!
I recently had a phenomenal “me” day. I love spending quality time with my husband, with family, with friends, but taking time out of my busy life for some solitary moments just puts me in a really good place. I’m creatively inspired, motivated, and ready to take on whatever challenges that may come my way … More Writing Adventures at the Oregon Coast
I can’t believe that it has been over a month since I have written anything! So many (good) things have been going on that, unfortunately, have taken my attention away from writing. Firstly, I was cramming to study for my PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification exam for work. This exam is TOUGH! It is … More Recharged and Ready to Write!
Sobbing as we pulled out of the fog covered campground, two brown eyes followed my departure, equally miserable. As the car turned the final corner down the long gravel drive, the black wagging tail dropped in sad, submissive acceptance that the relationship we had shared for the past three days was merely temporary. She would … More The Life of a Rez Dog