1.30.2019

kick


November 17, 2018 / Oregon

This is probably the most difficult trail we have ever done.  It doesn't really translate in these pictures, but after a certain point it was a pretty steep and rocky trip down with constant switchbacks.  It was really beautiful, but after while all I could think about was how hard it was going to be on the way back up.  And it was.  I felt muscle strain, winded, and just so out of shape, and I vowed to get myself back to daily exercise in the coming months.  

My Dad and I have been going to the Y to exercise during the week and I have started running again.  I never seem to stick with it long term, and I will probably never be a runner of races or overly concerned with my pace, but it does feel good to be back at it.  I am beginning to look forward to warmer mornings when I can just open the front door and go, sunshine on my shoulders.  Always ready for the next season.  

1.29.2019

still & stillness



October 21, 2018 / Blue Mountains, Oregon

Well, it's been a while.  It seems I find myself saying words to that effect almost every time I post.  I simply lost the desire to take pictures and share anything here.  I thought maybe if I redesigned the look and logo of o notes into something more like what I see in the newer blogs out there I would feel that spark again ... but, ultimately, my simple un-fancy old design and homemade logo from way back just feel more like me still, so I'm going back to them.  We haven't wavered much from the kind of life we wanted to have and how to get there over the last nine years.  We are still finding magic in a slow life, though life is different now - different location, different ages, different daily rhythms and responsibilities.  So here we are.  The same, and different.

I found a few draft posts full of pictures I never shared, so I thought I would start with these, even though so much time has passed since they were taken.  We have found some beautiful trails in the Umatilla National Forest, less than an hour from our house.  This one had amazing views, and a wild yet gentle stillness.   A wonderful thing.

Until next time ~