My backyard

I believe summer officially started five days ago and it has already exceeded my expectations.  Summer used to have a different meaning to me.  I used to look forward to flip flops, lighting bugs, tan skin and lemonade.  Now… since living in the Northwest over a decade I’ve let go of the idea of breaking my flip flops out of the box.  You just have to accept that our summers here means you slip out of your snowshoes into your hiking boots.  Summers here means I don’t have to worry about avalanche risk for a few months in the back country.  At least that’s what it’s become to me and I love it!

The longer I live here the more I can’t live without getting out of the city and seeing a great  mountain view.  I love that I have access to all of this with just an hours drive from my house.  Summer has just started and the options are endless of where the trail will lead us next.

Let it snow

When I stepped out this afternoon the dogs had a discussion without me.  Madison, Izzy, Otis and Tuga asked Asia “we are so happy with the love and care your mom gives; what is it that she loves?   We’d like to let her know we appreciate her.”  Asia paused and thought for a moment.  Asia said … “SNOW!  Lately I’ve seen mom at her happiest when we are playing in the snow and hiking around the mountains.”  I came home to what you see in the picture.  Snow in my house!  So sweet.

Washington Coast

Sometimes you don’t luck out with the weather living in Washington State.  Yesterdays weather was a dream come true to spend a winter’s day on the coast.  I did just fine wearing only a vest.  Today…not so much.  Gore-tex was essential at Ocean Shores today.  This is the first time I opened the door to my truck and Asia wasn’t eager to get out due to the wind and rain.

Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park

Discovering Washington keeps getting better! Asia and I took a road trip this weekend to our very own Olympic National park. We saw and touched the largest Spruce tree in the world, climbed one heck of a huge Cedar tree and hung out all afternoon at Ruby beach until sunset. For lunch we had a picnic at Lake Quinaunt, so beautiful!