Summertime Adventuring

I’m sure I say this every year, but summer is a busy, busy time for me. What with getting kiddos acquainted with the outdoors via overnight and sometimes 2-night camping trips, I’m often away from home. And often working many, many, (did I say many?) hours.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s awesome. Mostly. I love it and I’m often overwhelmed by how crazy cool it is that I get to spend my time teaching teens and kiddos to love (or appreciate–or at least notice?:) nature. But among other things it does mean that when everyone’s out and about and planning fun summer trips and staying out late on patios drinking beer and having barbeques, when everyone takes impromptu forays to a Mt Tabor sunset or a hike in the Gorge–heck, when people invite me to dinner and we have to plan it for 6 weeks out–that sometimes starts to make me feel like I’m missing out on the most glorious part of the year.

Sometimes, though, if the stars align and if I play my cards right, I can get a week free in there somewhere. And so it is that tomorrow, James and I plus bicycles leave for the San Juan Islands. Seven days of bike adventure, right before my birthday: a double treat :)

All that to say, have fun in Portland, y’all! Catch you in a week or so:)

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