This hot summer is a good time to visit the ice caves. It is a beautiful drive about an hour and a half from our house. The hike out into the mountains is lovely. And the reward is the ice caves! They are a marvel to look at. The waterfalls that feed them from far up on the cliffs are beautiful as well. And the cool air that rushes from out of them is most welcome on a hot summer day. We visited them on a hot summer day this month and it was amazing. I can’t wait to go back. It was like being in the cave of Caerbannog, only without the ravenous rabbit!
It was exquisite and exactly what I needed. We all need to get away once in a while: Away from the hustle and bustle, the commute, the office, the job, the work, the race, and just take time to relax. Our retreat was in a beach house and it couldn’t be more perfect.
We spent our days, talking, joking, singing together, dining, exploring, enjoying nature and even fitting in time for a steam and a massage at a spa. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend everyone do it at least once a year.
Here in the Northwest of the United States, our summers can come late, end early or be full of precipitation. But this summer has not disappointed. It has come early, continues to burn hot, and shows no signs of ending early. It is a time for road trips, hiking, exploring, camping, spending time at the beach, on the water and together, eating outside and enjoying time on the deck as much as possible.
As we continue to enjoy time outside and this pristine weather, we remember that family is important and that family must always come first. It is family that we work for, get up every morning and go to our jobs, save up, pay for benefits and plan for the future. Without family, fun in the sun this summer and every summer just wouldn’t have any meaning.
Get out there and enjoy the summer fun with your family!
Our lighthouse tour continues this summer. This past weekend we visited Port Townsend to hike to this wonderful lighthouse at Bliss VIsta. The summer is a great time for family trips, hikes and exploration. The weather has been superb and the views along the coast of Washington are amazing.
…We did a 3-mile round trip hike through Discovery Park and down to the Discovery Point lighthouse. It was a beautiful day and there were lots of views. We hiked in and out of fields, forests, hill paths, over streams and ultimately down to the ocean.
The views down were spectacular. The lighthouse itself is a piece of history. And the views once we got down to the lighthouse were amazing. We live in such an amazing and beautiful part of the country. We are so grateful and blessed.
We took a two-mile hike to the lake on Father’s Day and had a picnic on the shore. We packed some sandwiches, other goodies, a bottle of chilled wine, and a blanket. It was a beautiful afternoon and the perfect day for a hike and a picnic.
We started the hike at St. Edward’s Park, where the old monastery, which is now a seminary, overlooks the park, woods and down to the lake shore. It is an amazing work of architecture and an icon, mysterious, yet full of power. I love that building and the park, and the lake. Ah, Summer time!
We are enjoying Labor Day weekend with some good food, grilling, camping, hiking, playing golf, enjoying the sunshine outdoors and taking in some live music. We are also doing a bit of travel as well up to Leavenworth to see the mountains, enjoy the forests and rivers and playing some golf.
This has been a wonderful summer in the northwest and the weather has been grand! What a great way to end the summer with this gorgeous weekend. I am excited to spend more time outside but also looking forward to the new school year in my new job, in a new school, with new students. Bring it on!