I moved to Washington to pursue a career in the Forest Service during one of the darkest times in my life. Just a couple weeks after the then hardest day of my life, I was exploring some of the most beautiful areas of our country. Slowly piecing myself back together.
After moving into my house in Washington, me and a group of lady friends (including this love that had made the cross country trek with me in less than 48 hours in a UHaul 👊) decided to pack into said UHaul and head to Hood River.
We had beers, walked streets, saw waterfalls, meandered trails, and sang ridiculously to songs we may or may not have known the words to. It's the first place I vividly remembering laughing again after everything that had happened in my life during the previous six months.
This general area is now burning. A hot burn. It will not look the same within our life time. These falls are threatened. Fire is a healthy part of our environment in this region. However, this was set by humans. So. Please. Be. Smart. It's dry up here right now.
chess was something I learned at a pretty young age. this summer I bought Steele a set and it sat there. he had ask to learn at our climbing gym while we were eating pizza by the board there. I wouldn't let him - too many errands, too little time.
so this set was bought a few days later. a combination tic-tac-toe, checkers, and chess. the last day he was here, we went for the chess. he crushed it.
little one. big world.
"mama, I'm going over here to explore."
little guy's last day here this summer so yes to everything.
when you know bedtime is going to early. 👍
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