Thursday, November 8, 2012
Ashley's birthday is at the end of October and there's never a bad time to go spend a couple days at Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort, so we packed our bags and headed for the hills.
Breitenbush is one of my favorite places in the whole world, so I was pretty excited when I found out we were headed there for my birthday adventure. We packed up the van and headed inland, down winding roads lined with maples afire in fall colors and past meandering rivers.
We spent a night snuggled up in the van and headed towards the Mckenzie river in the morning. There we spent the whole day outside, hiking through the most stunning old growth forest, searching for white chanterelles, and wetting a fly in the river. I'm an aspiring fisher-woman so I was pretty excited when I hooked and landed one of the beautiful, leopard spotted cutthroat trout that reside in the Mckenzie. Justin said I had a big grin on my face and that "I caught a fish!" gleam in my eye.
That evening we headed on to Breitenbush where we spent a couple nights thoroughly enjoying everything that amazing place has to offer. We soaked in the hot springs under the stars, read snuggled up on the couches in the lodge, and enjoyed our cozy little cabin. All in all it was a perfect way to spend my birthday and to get away from everything for a few days. I'm already thinking about the next adventure!
It's interesting to me as a photographer, writing that is. This process of learning the craft of writing and how different the two mediums are. I think some people can just sit down and write something extraordinary with very little effort. For me, I can occasionally sit down and write a few solid sentences, but most often, I need space and time for my mind to wander and struggle. I've been looking at this screen for a bit now, occasionally erping up a few words and sentences, but nothing really flowing. I found out in the past week that I have a big trip and assignment coming up, so my time just got quite a bit crunchier and I think my mind is having a hard time focusing on the task at hand. I think for now I will just tell a few thoughts from this recent adventure and let my (hopefully) stronger visual medium speak for itself and move on.
I was trying to tell of towering Doug Fir trees, falling asleep
to raindrops splattering on the roof and waking to rain and fog hanging in beautiful, old growth forests. Of glowing leaves, soul healing hot water and a nostalgic book, telling of things I know and cherish. I was thinking about how when I visit other places in the Pacific NW, I am reminded of just how much I want to spend more time exploring every little zone of this bad ass land. There is just so much to see and do, so much to protect and save. For those of you who share this love of a place, any place, I applaud you, I honor you and I send you all, much love.