Rainforest

Quiet. Calm. Green. Fresh.I love the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few shots from a recent little walk up to Marymere Falls on a warm summer evening. This is an easy hike with easy access off of Highway 101 at Crescent Lake.  Park near the ranger station and follow the trail.  You will be greeted by towering trees, moss as far as the eye can see, and that awesome hallow trail sound with every step.

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Mid-Week Retreat

I’ve been working. A lot. So has the Handsome.  He managed to swing vacation this week which he deserved and needed so much.  Knowing I couldn’t take a whole week off, I opted for a mini break from my hectic schedule.

We took to the woods for an overnight and midweek recharge and retreat.  With such short notice and a very busy holiday weekend ahead of us, we stayed close to home and stayed at Millersylvania State Park.  Staying mid week, we almost had the entire campground to ourselves. We had our girls in tow, so we didn’t take to the lake on the canoes/kayaks, but did managed to let them paddle near the shore for a bit. We love to camp. Our dogs love to camp. The smell of the forest is healing and refreshing. We had a great camp fire, chatted, and heard every bird in what seemed within a mile radius. It was the perfect way to slow down and catch up with each other.

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Clear Lake, Clear Mind

It was time to pack up, power down, and go straight to the lake for me and one of my best friends. No husbands. No children (both human and canine). Just girls.  We met on White Pass at Indian Creek Campground and spent the entire day fishing (and reading) at Clear Lake.  It was a beautiful little blue paradise. Mt. Rainier was on my trail home, and I couldn’t resist a stop to take it all in. Even though only one fish was caught for the weekend, we both were able to unwind and reconnect.  Such a relaxing little mini trip.

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Mountain Lakes

I was really lucky to grow up in a place that offered many opportunities to enjoy nature.  That is part of the reason I feel most at home amonst the mountains, lakes, and trees of the Cascades.  I had a few extra moments to enjoy Lake Cle Elum this weekend in between visits to family and friends.  The water was clear, uncharacteristically calm, and quiet.  My toes were happy to take a dip.

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This Place

There’s this place- a place where you feel a million miles away but still so connected to everything around you. It is quiet, it is vast, and it feels old.
This place, is Frenchman Coulee, The Feathers. I spent a few years climbing these beautiful columns (final photo is from that time) and couldn’t resist the urge to stop, smell the sage, and take in the view on my way across the state this week.

Although I no longer climb here, I still feel so free in this place.

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Summer Gals’ Getaway

There is something therapeutic about gathering up two of your best friends, finding a camping spot, and spending the night.  We all have very busy schedules with career, family, and life in general, so the ability to make a weekend work is a miracle.  Coming from our triangular locations, we decided on Paradise Point State Park.  It is a small Washington State Park on the Lewis River and right off from I-5. We stayed in the more primitive group of sites, packing in our comforts (and by comforts- I mean food…lots of camping fare).  It was quiet, mellow, and exactly what we needed to get reconnected. ImageImageImageImage

Our Tiny Piece of Paradise

After what seemed like a Pacific Northwest Spring to last forever, we finally had an opportunity to get out of the Suburban Life and get back to Nature.  After what seemed like a comedy gone awry-6 disappointing hours of searching for an open camp site in the Mt. St. Helens Area Gifford Pinchot National Forrest, we stumbled upon the gem that is Lake Merrill. It is a small day use area with 7 small pack in campsites. No motorized boats, fly fishing catch and release heaven. We got set up, managed to have our friends meet up and we had an excellent weekend of relaxation, laughs, and getting back to each other without being plugged in. It easily raised the question, “Why did we wait this long?”