We recently went to Jubilee Lake in the Umatilla National Forest.  Upon stepping out of the car, the overwhelming scent of pine and woodsmoke immediately filled me with an aching nostalgia (and my eyes with tears) for all our forest hikes of years gone by.  The campground was full at this peak summer time, and happy voices - human and canine - echoed all the way around the lake.  According to my tracker, the trail is somewhere between 2.5 and 3 miles, and it is beautiful.  It exceeded our expectations.  We can't wait to get back there with our kayaks.

Summer has been treating us well.  A few weeks ago we took a quick trip to Hawaii.  We did early morning snorkeling (I could become obsessed with this activity), afternoon walking, and and took evening dips in the gloriously warm and stunningly turquoise water.  

I have been tending to the family garden out at my sister's place with my Dad, and I can't think of too many things that I've enjoyed so much in a long time.  It's so wonderful to spend that kind of time with my Dad.  The garden has given an abundance of corn, zucchini, yellow squash, beets, beans, potatoes, chard, eggplant, basil, kale, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and more that the family all shares.  We are currently waiting on cantaloupe and pumpkins!  

Yoga and running nearly every day have become habit over the last many months, and I feel like I've finally found what my mind/body needed in the balance between those two things.  The summer garden diet of very fresh fruits and veggies at every meal on top of that has me feeling extra plant-powered, invigorated, and better than I have felt in years.  

Lots of family time, new explorations, old and new habits taking hold....this season of life is feeling good and I'm so grateful.  I hope this season is a good one for you, too. 
by mlekoshi