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Monday, October 6, 2014







After being cooped up with my sick kids for the last week and half, and despite finally crossing the line of flu symptoms myself, Saturday morning I got us all into the car and headed down i-84 to Rooster rock. It's a place I drive by a lot but haven't stopped in years. It's where tourists stop for the sweeping views of the gorge, kids go on field trips and, for natives, if you've been here once you've been here 20 times, literally. But it is only about a 20 minute drive from my house and in my condition of breaking out in cold sweats and desperately shielding my eyes from the light it was about as far as I was willing to venture. So before things took a turn for the worse and I found myself cooped up for another week I just needed to get into some open air and take advantage of this this last burst of summer weather we are having here. 

I think one of the reasons people love (and move to) Portland is because of how easy and quick it is to get out of the city and into nature. And, of course, that makes it a place for the outdoor enthusiast. I never consider myself an "outdoor" person because if I am comparing myself to most people around here my lack of bicycle ownership alone immediately excludes me from that club. But I do love to be outside and I am so grateful that I can hop in my car and within minutes be surrounded by the beauty of nature. And, truly, you don't have to be sporty to enjoy nature in Portland at all. There are so many places to take an easy hike, or walk along the river, or find a beautiful lookout or park to sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and read a book. I've been thinking about taking a few mornings a month to set aside some solo time for such things while the kids are in school. It's so good for the soul. And while they also love the outdoors and I love being with them in the outdoors, I think it sounds so lovely to start making a habit of spending some time alone in the beautiful landscapes that are all around me - walking at a brisk pace or a meandering pace, taking photos, and where the only little voices I may hear will be the ones in my own head.  Do you have any routines where you take some time to just be with yourself?

16 comments:

  1. looks lovely. I never considered myself an outdoor person either, but like you I like spending time in nature, and the older I get [how pathetic does that sound!?], the more time I want to spend outdoors. your plan of going on some solo trips sounds wonderful xo

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    1. i've been feeling that way too 'the older i get' the more i really am drawn to being outside as much as possible - even if it's just sitting on my patio. xo

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  2. I long for more time outdoors. It shouldn't feel hard to get there, but for some reason it does. There is so much congestion of people here... I think that's what sets me off. But the beach is anywhere from 20-40 minutes away, and I'm finding myself seeking out other spaces. I need to get to those.

    But how are you feeling? I'm worried about you, my dearest. XO

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    1. it's felt harder for me in years past, but now that the kids are out of the house and in school by 8am i often find the road calling my name in those morning hours. it seems so much easier - and truthfully it is! i only have be ready myself, negotiate with myself and all that. so i am really wanting to take advantage of it, especially before it gets cold and i turn into a baby.

      i am feeling mostly like crap, but luckily am having small bursts of feeling okay, so i can still function on some level. thanks for thinking about me xo

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  3. Wait, you don't own a bike? I thought that was a requirement of living out there, like they handed one to you at birth or something, along with flannel and duck boots and Pendleton blankets ;) Silly stereotypes aside, I am not much of an outdoorsy girl, either. I do love that I get to live vicariously through your outdoorsy adventures, though! And those little blond mop-tops of yours just tug at my heartstrings. What cuties. xo

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    1. nope i am not a biker - but pretty much everyone else is (fisher actually has a bike phobia). and duck boots are definitely not very "portland," nor are rainboots (i suppose it's like the no umbrella things we have going - though the formers are catching on here). and, omgosh, i would be overjoyed if they gave out pendleton blankets!! xo

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  4. Such beautiful scenery! I do hope you will make a habit of spending some time alone in nature. I start my days with a run or a long walk by the lake in the park (it's a large park, which means I run or walk about 5 km and it is wonderful to have that in the middle of the city - as it would take me at least a one hour drive to find such a spot outside town) early in the morning and that's one of my favourite moments of the day.

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    1. i really want to. with little kids the best thing ever is a day at home puttering around the house with not too much of an agenda. but now that they are in school i am feeling the strong pull to get out and about more. i am so happy about that and definitely plan to take advantage of my free time.

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  5. i envy you for living so close to such beautiful open spaces! i'm glad that you are embracing your inner "outdoor person" to take advantage of such sites. i really, really, really want to visit portland some day.

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    1. i hope you will visit! i think you'd really like it here. xo

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  6. What a beautiful view! These photos are absolutely breathtaking. I'd totally encourage you to listen to that voice telling you to take that time for yourself. I totally would if I could! It's so important to be good to yourself. And I do hope you're feeling back to 100% soon!

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    1. yes, i am listening! while i just adore my children there is something so freeing about being able to transition from one thing to the next without much effort (multiple pairs of shoes to put on, snacks to pack, opposing wants/needs to contend with). and going for outings in nature seems to be my calling for that right now. . . . now if i can just shake this flu!

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  7. I absolutely love it when you share pictures of your lovely home town. Sometimes I feel like I can almost smell the clean air through the screen. And look how big your little poppets are getting!? That sucks that you and the family have had the flu. I hope you are feeling a little bit back to normal? Definitely listen to that voice, it sounds like your body and mind are telling you to slow down and take some time out. Sofa, good book and Bachelor re-runs (of course followed closely by natures and road trips)??

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  8. just from these photos i can practically smell the fresh air. we went north too this weekend, a two hour flight north, and we made it a point to walk around the parks and spend time in nature. it is still warm in florida (high is 80) and a little crisp wind is the perfect way to hike and walk in nature. i hope you continue this! it looks like a gorgeous area.

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  9. Look at that - no rain at all. And the boys are so stylish in their plaid. I need to make another trip out there stat and maybe squeeze in Seattle as well. How's your fall looking? :)

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