As I sat here remisnicing memories.
Looking at old photos contemplating all the great times I had.
Each and one, a necessary piece to make me remember the good times to outweigh the bad.
The path I am walking towards now, unknown, unforeseen, not necessarily plan, are definitely something to look forward to,
with or without someone new.
Charged with more strength to conquer all fears, much more capable to sweep off all doubts, and armed with more hope, faith and love in my heart.
Just a little something I need to say to an acquaintance from a past. "You had been someone who I loved so much.
You were. Was.
Thank you for all the bitter sweet memories I had shared with you. All of it is a priceless gift you left me with and I can't thank you more enough for putting me through nights of crying, days of blaming myself for my lacks and most importantly for causing me so much pain. Coz If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be this amazingly strong woman that I am now."
So thank you and Belated Happy Birthday to you.
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Rainy and sunshiny days on the peninsula.
When mountains meet the sky ❄️
The first of many trips to come, hopefully!
Hello Mt. Rainier, my old friend. We meet again ☺️
I'm going to learn to love hiking in the rain.
At the end of my thru hike I found myself repeatedly saying that I was ready to be done traveling for a while. I was ready for new adventures, to move my body in new ways, to be settled in a place and embrace all the attendant comforts of stillness. Instead I traveled for another month, to Colorado then to Thailand and Cambodia where things were radically different than hiking the PCT. There was the bustle of millions of people stacked up on top of each other and international airports to navigate and humidity that made me want to crawl out of my skin. By the end of the trip I was aching to be done and then suddenly I was. Back in Seattle. Home.
Starman and I moved into our new apartment and began discovering our new neighborhood. We began unpacking all our stuff and I cried at everything we had accumulated and how much I didn't want to deal with storing it. Stuff feels like a trap, like a beige colored cage filled with all of my favorite things. I've already started to bristle at the necessity of it. Living is not free.
Sometimes when the job applications and choosing paint colors and buying groceries all feels like too much I'll drive out to the west side of Seattle and walk along the water where the land breaks apart and drifts into the sea. I'll look across the sound at the Olympic Mountains just peaking through the clouds and pretend I'm standing at the edge of the world. And on weekends, Starman and I will throw ourselves in my car and drive through the grey, out to some trail, some pass, some mountain somewhere and we'll disappear for a few hours among the damp trees. Where under the gently falling sky we are unseen and unneeded by anyone or anything--and maybe that can be enough until we can plan our next escape.
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I always love getting to photograph these two! A little belated anniversary photoshoot today with just a littttle rain. 😍