Archive for September, 2012

03
Sep
12

away

Friends,

It has been a long hiatus from me from this outlet. I have traveled, read, and run the last few months until my heart was full and at times, weary. The chosen verbs above do not define me fully, but they define what my life has consisted of in large part. And then there is the noun: family. This summer has been one full of my three other compadres, two small and one large. For thirty days we seemed to sit 2 feet from one another in a state of wonder. What is it for us about the road trip?

We journeyed from Houston to Denver to Tetons to Missoula to Banff to North Cascades to San Juan Islands to Seattle to Olympic to Rainier to St. Helens to Cape Lookout to Cape Blanco to Redwoods to Tahoe to Crested Butte to Houston. 8000 miles.

And then we came home. And immediately as we went back to the hustle of the daily life I missed my suspension between D to S to B within the walls of our moving vehicle.

And I lost touch with the outside world as work settled on me like a blanket of responsibility. My phone quit on me, I couldn’t instagram, and I enjoyed a reprieve from all things technological, aside from my work computer.

Bottom line in the last month. It’s good to be home, but I miss my family.

I’m not overworked, just a regular teacher laboring through the day with adolescent minds. The difference for me is that I know longer complete my four sided puzzle of people day in and day out as the world whizzes past. We are now orbiting, seemingly large orbits of one another only to come back at the end of the day to recharge.

But this time is good. The ability to give outside of the family unit is a blessing, though at times less assured in its result. And to have that time apart from one another is a necessity, but a heart stretching one.

I need to get this summer’s adventures down here, and I need to re-open this avenue for myself. I do need to write here. So, this is an effort.

I’ll start with pictures. Many were posted on instagram, but now that the phone is out, I’m out on that too, with bitter and sweet to that situation.

8000 miles. 10 states. 4 people. 2 dogs. 1 camper. some wrong turns and dusty hearts.

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little lady – colorado – dinosaur ridge

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date night – red rocks – avett bros – amazing
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cousin love – denver – ice cream
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tetons – skipping stones – twilight

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homemade toys – tetons – siblings
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yellowstone – falls – looking sassy
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missoula – friends – summer days

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glacial lakes – canada – family fun

 

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camp life – north cascades – perfect campsite

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psychadelic waterfalls – north cascades – beat poets

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ferry ride – san juan islands – wind – alternative transport

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san juan islands – mt constitution – views for miles – places to return to

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fun with nature – deserted beaches – orcas island

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what she does – only one in the water

 

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what he does – olympic natl park – rainforest
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something i can appreciate – rainforest life
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seattle – seafood – pike market

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our little elf – rainforest life

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foggy coast – rocky beach – olympic natl park
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in the cloud – mt rainier

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lots of steps – natural disaster – mt st helens – all alone

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davys talent – cape lookout – sunny day

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our little tribe – cape lookout – oregon

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dog’s life – oregon coast – part of the family

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fun with nature – oregon coast – explorers

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tidepools – oregon coast – big rocks

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bounty of nature – colors – starfish – cape blanco
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utopia – harvest – warmth on the coast
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family – wee ones – never stop exploring – oregon

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colors – ocean harvest – oregon

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dog’s life – unleashed – oregon

perfect lake – california – out to sea – cold water

homeward bound – crested butte – favorite places

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