Hikes, travels, and adventures big and small

Explorers are we, intrepid and bold,
Out in the wild, amongst wonders untold.
Equipped with our wits, a map, and a snack,
We’re searching for fun and we’re on the right track!
- Bill Watterson, The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
I really just love summer πŸ’›β˜€οΈβ›±οΈ The Pac I really just love summer πŸ’›β˜€οΈβ›±οΈ The Pacific Northwest might not offer everyone's favorite sort of beach day, but bundling up in a sweater while sinking my feet into some warm sand, and watching kite surfers zip across the chilly waves, is a pretty great summer day in my book πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ #pnwisbest #loveoregon #beachday
As glad as I am for the research and planning we d As glad as I am for the research and planning we did before travelling to Japan, I'm also so grateful for the unplanned time. Even though there's a certain comfort in knowing what to do and when, I really just love a good wander.

#wanderlust #kyotoorbust #getoutthere
Just hanging out at picnic tables behind a brewery Just hanging out at picnic tables behind a brewery, soaking in the view. Contemplating a move just so this could be my view every day πŸ˜‰ 😍 πŸ’›

#pnwlife #mthoodmagic #brewandview
A little chunk of Germany... in Oregon πŸ₯¨πŸ» Co A little chunk of Germany... in Oregon πŸ₯¨πŸ» Complete with glockenspiel, beer halls, brass bands, and, you guessed it, weiner dog races! πŸ˜†πŸ™ƒπŸΆ #iloveoregon #oktoberfest #ohheyfall
It may have been a little much to cram in a bullet It may have been a little much to cram in a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, a sort of intense journey to our new lodgings, and a 2 mile walk to the base of this temple.... Followed by a hike through these gates that was much longer and steeper than I'd realized. Whoops!  Fortunately we didn't run across any of the wild boars featured on warning signs all up and down these paths πŸ™ƒπŸ˜³β›©οΈ #whoops #unexpectedadventures #whataday
Minutes before this moment, we were trudging up a Minutes before this moment, we were trudging up a nearby street in the rain and gloom. But then we caught a glimpse of sunshine slicing through some clouds, and raced up to the highest spot we knew nearby - this temple - as fast as we could πŸƒπŸ˜πŸ§‘ #wowjapan #dreamysunset #redonred
A few moments of Pacific Ocean chill, courtesy of A few moments of Pacific Ocean chill, courtesy of the Oregon coast 😎🌊✌️

#pnwlife #saltyair #chillin
I watched a TED video on breathing a couple of day I watched a TED video on breathing a couple of days ago. And while I can't say I expected much when I hit play, I've found my brain cycling back to it many times since. It pops into my head alongside an interview with someone over 100 that I'd read years ago where, when asked what tip they might pass along for longevity, they'd described mindful breathing. (((Granted, another centenarian in the same article said they thought their key to a long life was decades of smoking πŸ™ƒπŸ™„))) So to put a visual to these swirling thoughts, we have here a little bamboo grove in Japan. This isn't the one you typically get to see in photos on social media (that one was overrun with tourists), and we had it all to ourselves. The bamboo clacking together in the breeze is not a familiar sound to me, but quickly became part of the ambiance, along with the rustling leaves and chirping birds. πŸƒπŸŽ‹ #justbreathe
Mesmerizing πŸ‘€ #oooh #somuchsand #goggleup Mesmerizing πŸ‘€

#oooh #somuchsand #goggleup
The humidity was thick enough to chew on, but the The humidity was thick enough to chew on, but the views were so expansive that it felt like we could see half the island even before we got to the top πŸ¦…β˜€οΈπŸ’¦πŸ˜… #pushon #tothetop but #ohthehumidity