Saturday, June 13, 2009

Silver Falls

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more." ~Lord Byron

I don't think I've mentioned that I grew up on 9 acres of virgin prairie in Northern Illinois, 15 miles away from a store or even a gas station. We had a llama, three goats, a rabbit, two dogs, a couple of cats, and some fish in a coy pond. I guess with all those pets you would think I am an animal lover, when in fact at this point in my life I see pets mostly as something else that needs feeding and cleaning up after. What I am, however, is a nature lover. I spent a summer in college back packing, rock climbing, and white water rafting my way through the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. There were times when I hiked with only a tiny little pack and a sleeping bag {no tent}. I wore Chaco's and had dirty toes and showered at weekly intervals. I woke to the rising sun and fell sleep under the open sky and Northern Lights. It was a magical summer, and I often miss the solace and simplicity of such a life.

So, when Robert told me that he had a business trip in Oregon, we decided to extend the end of his trip for a small getaway. Robert arranged stays at several vineyards for us, and we have plans to go to the Saturday Farmer's Market, hike Silver Falls {pictured above}, swim at Cannon Beach, and drink wine all in between. I can't wait!


Jenny Plumb said...

That sounds very lovely. We live next to our beloved Sierra mountains (a half hour away) so we can go up several times a year. I love camping, hiking, backpacking, and spending time out on a mountain lake. We love it so much we honeymooned in Yosemite instead of a beach resort.
And like you I grew up with millions of animals (cows, pigs, show rabbits, dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, chickens, turkeys), and how many animals do I have now? One tiny little fish. Perfect. We travel too much to have animals. My kids would love a dog though. Am I denying them a rite of passage by not having pets???? :-)

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

mmmm, that sounds wonderful! I grew up doing cross country camping trips with my family 3-4 weeks at a time and I got to see the entirety of the continental US that way (I grew up in a family of 10). My husband and I both want to do the same with our own children so that they can have that same wonderful experience.

Tamar said...

I live in Vacouver, WA (right across the bridge from Portland) and I can attest to the beauty of this area, and to all the great things to do around here (they have some really cool rings-made out of the handles of spoons- that you should check out at Saturday Market!). Have fun enjoying God's beauty and spending some time alone with your husband!

Anonymous said...

Have a great time! I love that part of the U.S. I've been to Washington state, but not Oregon. I can't wait to hear about your trip when you get back.

Amy A.

Megan said...

It amazes me how you can have a spiritual moment just by looking at natues beauty. With how busy life is I often don't see what is right in front of me. Thanks for making me want to look.

Ariana said...

What a retreat! What a great husband you have. I grew up going on road trips all the time so when I married my husband and he had not been more than 3 hours from home, I was quite disappointed. He almost fell over when I told him I was getting passports for the whole family (6 of us). But we are going to get them tomorrow and hopefully get some use out of them:) Enjoy the great outdoors.

Lori said...

I hope your trip is truly a time of renewal on all levels! So good to talk to you yesterday!!

sarasophia said...


My family is leaving in two weeks to spend the week at an eco-friendly resort...

I can't wait:)
Its our first family get-away in over two years! We'll spend four days in Hilton Head and then head to Beaufort, South Carolina to visit my lovely grandmother.

I'll be thinking of you and your family and hoping you all have a wonderful trip too<3


jen from windy ridge said...

Cannon Beach is my very favorite beach! Love Morris Fireside Inn restaurant and all the little shops!

Avenue Q Tickets said...

Is it real its amazing such a natural beauty i love this one i should want to visit this heaven.

Jessica Haley said...

Jenny, no, I don't think you're denying them anything by waiting on the pets! You can always do that when they are quite a bit older... and ready to do the pet chores themselves.

Tamar, I saw the spoon rings! Really cute! There was also a whole lot of tye dye and someone flying a marijuana flag. Very 1970's. You're lucky you live in WA--it's so beautiful up there!

Megan, omg! I wish you could have experienced what it was like to live {at the risk of soudning tacky} so "one with nature." It's calming to me,and yes, very spiritual. :)

Sara, eco-friendly resort? What exactly is that like... all solar powered and organic cuisine?


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