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!
Getting out and spending time in nature with no internet, wifi, computer access or coverage bars or signal on my smart phone is critical for me. In order to maintain my physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health, I need to spend time out in nature, away from technology. There is no better place to do this than high up in the mountains, out in the woods, surround by rushing rivers, quiet and purity.
This is what I am doing this weekend, an escape from crowding. I am at high elevation in a pine forest, surrounded by serenity, open sky, clear air, wild animals, no traffic or computers or offices and plenty of peace and quiet. I am far from the daily commute and hustle of the daily grind. This is my paradise and as long as I can come here frequently, I can maintain my personal balance and remain healthy and inspired.
I find that in the warm summer months I enjoy making lighter, cold, healthier dishes. To go along with the longer, warmer, brighter summer days and the extended time spent outdoors, I like to make more salad type entrees.
The high blue sky, walks by the ocean, the birds singing, morning coffee outside on the back deck, are all things I enjoy in Summer, along with cold dishes. This week I made a cold seafood salad with salmon, giant prawns, capers, chopped onions, green olives, roasted red pepper and balsamic. Enjoy!
“The Prisoner of Zenda” is a great and quick read for Oktoberfest. I love this tale about mistaken identity, trading places, Germany in the Summer, travel and the great outdoors. I also love Oktoberfest and the celebration of the harvest, feasting and great beverages. I also love to read. Having been to Germany and traveled there many summers, I can appreciate the great woods and forests, as I have hiked in the Black Forest and eaten wild raspberries there. I have also visited many German castles.
The film version with Peter Sellers is also well done and captures the spirit of Ruritania and Anthony Hope, the author, would be proud!
Before the internet, cell phones, texting, e-mail, wireless phones, video games, net flicks, atms or electric cars; when we still hand wrote letters, talked on the phone for hours and actually carried on conversations at the dinner table instead of staring at our smart phones; when we spent time outside, traveling, playing sports; when life was slower, fuller and more meaningful, I had my first band of brothers. We did everything and went everywhere together. I believe that in those days, the quality of life was better than it is today.
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!
…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.