4.24.2018

spring break gratitude



For the first time since Thor was born, we did not go down to the California desert to see my folks for spring break.  They sold their little place down there and returned to Washington the week of Thor's school break.  We decided to do a beach trip for a few days, by way of Salem and Silverton.  The highlight (for me, anyway) was a day spent at Silver Falls hiking the 7-mile Trail of Ten Falls.  This place holds so many memories for us from our Salem days.  (Salem, I still love you so.) My heart felt so very happy and grateful to be back on these trails with my family (my human and tree family).  

The rest of our trip was spent at the coast in Newport.  I put my camera away for that part, but I assure you the Oregon coast is as magnificent as ever.  We body-boarded and surfed in the icy water, not knowing when our next chance would be, and found contentment along the old familiar roads and waterways.  

I will always have a certain longing for our place in Portland, but driving through the area was a hard reminder of why we left.  I returned home with a renewed appreciation for where we are now and a deep gratitude for finding our way here at this point in time ... but the Oregon forest, fog and sea will forever run through our veins.  

"We tend to think of landscapes as affecting us most strongly when we are in them or on them, when they offer us the primary sensations of touch and sight.  But there are also the landscapes we bear with us in absentia, those places that live on in memory long after they have withdrawn in actuality, and such places - - retreated to most often when we are most remote from them - - are among the most important landscapes we possess."  -  Robert Macfarlane in The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

2.15.2018

why rush?



A hike with my husband during the week - just the kind of thing we hoped would happen when we moved here.  I've been pining pretty hard for the mossy, fern-filled Oregon forest I love so much, but it's incredibly scenic here, too, and we are loving the chance to see some new places on this side of the Cascades.  This trail along the south fork of the Walla Walla River not too far over the Oregon border is probably our favorite so far.  

Daffodils and tulips are up and trees are budding out, but yesterday brought light snow, reminding us that it is indeed still winter for a bit longer.  I find myself wanting to fast-forward to spring ... but why rush?  The season we are in is so beautiful.  I'm going to appreciate the present.