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A dear friend once gave me a sweet and simple gift. Moving from an arid, open climate (Eastern Washington) to a drippy blanket of {sometimes romantic} rain and fog (Western Washington) was more than a little challenging for me last year, and I helped the Vitamin D industry stay afloat with a gusto last spring. One day I get this letter from the east and inside is a little bundle of sage wrapped in red string. My heart craved sage fields and sunshine more than words can convey… My heart is a little more on the dry side, and that’s ok…but that means it’s also really warm, right?

Vs.

Both very beautiful…

So perhaps my heart was being prepared for the big change of moving back east over the Cascades…and continuing east past Wa through Idaho into the {very} big skies of Montana.  We sold almost everything we owned, both to simplify and start over, and also because we couldn’t afford the luxury of baggage across that many miles… But we fixed that bundle of sage and warmth and promise to our rearview mirror like a figurehead on the front of our landship and headed east to the West.

But before we left our home state, we planned a little vacation to Portland to go see Sigur Ros a week before we left…{Stunning… }

Visited dear friends, and headed to the 101 back north on a little farewell to Washington tour…

After that lovely drive north, we met up with my parents for a couple days in the Olympics and did some camping on the ocean. Camping in the sand amidst the tides and fog and driftwood= pretty much the most romantic thing ever. Not gonna lie. Go now. …well, maybe not now, because that would be a slightly different experience than August, but you know what I mean… Bucket list stuff.

Forks and La Push were super hilarious with their desperate grasp to hang on to their passing Twilight fame. (But hey- it got a depressed logging town on the map!) And La Push is as beautiful as the claims…

Too funny :)

{PS-only a few more days!!!!!}

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So, after a few more berry stained afternoons of falling even more in love with Washington than ever, we packed up our very small trailer and headed out.  We got to experience the joys of pulling a trailer over multiple mountain passes with a Subaru (good job, Finn!!), and camping with a cat (also a good job, Banjo Thundertoes!!). We pondered again the catalyst of change that the coming and going of our first pregnancy brought and now, months later  after even more big life changes, how precious and full our first year of marriage has been…

Tomorrow I will introduce my readers to our new big sky, filled with sage and sun- and now that the smoke of this summer has finally cleard, the stunning scenery…

Thanks for reading…

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Farewell for now, Washington…

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