2015 seems to be the year of traveling west! We added Arizona and Hawaii to our “US States Visited” list in March and now I can check off Oregon and Washington. I love exploring new places, but adventures are even sweeter when they mean visiting a dear, dear friend. Look who I finally got to see, guys!!!!
College roomies for the win! Kristie and I haven’t really had a good, legit visit since she got married and moved to the end of the earth (Washington…) over three years ago. Even though it rained during most of my week-long visit, we still managed to sneak in some awesome outdoor adventures. This Sleeping Beauty trail nearly did me in, but I’m so glad we did it! If I’m remembering my stats correctly, it was only a couple miles round trip, but over 1,000 ft change in elevation. Read: STEEP UPHILL ALL THE WAY.
I couldn’t have made it without my awesome nature guides. Tim was born and raised in this area and knows a ton about its ecology and history. Kristie was my motivation when I felt like giving up: if a pregnant lady can do this hike, then… 😉
I was totally fascinated by the little details that made the NW forest so completely different from any kind of forest I’d seen before. They’ve got some sweet moss, friends.
It was drizzling and super foggy when we reached the top, so I don’t have many great photos from up there. The armies of green pines stretched for miles.
Wow, these are not the kind of views I have driving around my neighborhood!
This is the view out Tim & Kristie’s living room window! Talk about a reason to get up in the morning!!
Another one of our big outdoor adventures was a dandy bit of spelunking – so fun! Of course I don’t have any pictures from the inside of the cave because it was DARK. The most terrifying part was climbing down that wooden ladder into the entrance!
When the rain was too intense to brave, we made the most of our indoor time and sewed this quilt! Anyone that knows me probably just fell off their chair. I am NOT a seamstress and Kristie had never used her sewing machine before. It just goes to show you what teamwork can accomplish in the midst of inexperience!
I am so, so thankful that we had this opportunity re-connect and catch up, especially before Baby arrives. (Taking maternity and family pictures for them was my other favorite part of this trip!) Kristie, usually I wish you lived down the street, but during this trip it was really cool to explore a new part of God’s beautiful creation with you.
Where should I set my travel-loving sights next?? What is your favorite place to visit and explore?