Sunday, June 30, 2013

Salt Water and Bonfires

Summer's feeling is contentment.
Having the freedom to explore and experience epitomizes summer's feeling.  Campfire dinners, good friends, and laughter enrich that feeling.
This weekend we ventured to Assateague Island (a long, narrow Atlantic isle off the Eastern shore of MD). Catching a glimpse of the feral horses (or perhaps even taking in the pony swim with the Saltwater Cowboys ~ Misty of Chincoteague, anyone?) was definitely on our Wanderlust Wishlist for this summer, but being inivited on a camping adventure gave us the due/do by date.

Perhaps the fastest way to gauge someone’s character is to spend a day or two outside with them. If someone complains that the hypnotic melody of waves crashing on the shore and the feeling of sand sliding between their toes is disgusting (none of us did this, mind you), their negativity can cut through a good vibe.

My discovery (regarding our camping friends, who, although we’ve known for awhile, we’re just now taking the time to get to know) is that they are surprising and wonderful. The weather brat called for ongoing (albeit scattered) and severe thunderstorms. Their response, “We should find our ponchos.” (Thankfully, though, our ponchos camped out in the trunk)

Playing on the beach and in the waves.
The feral horses on  their beach and in my campsite.  I may have called one a name as it snuck up on me (I think he was a ninja horse) to steal our Starbursts (Hey- We weren't finished!), but that aside, their presence was....magical.  
Life is beachy.... see what I did there?
Lighting  up the Sky.
Saying farewell to the stormy sea.
The 40-ish minute drive to the VA island, Chincoteague led to a Public Nudity Prohibited Sighting (clearly, a common sign to see, right?) and Misty of Chincoteague's  Hoof Prints.

Filing this weekend's memories in one of best mini holidays.
Photos taken on Assateague Island, MD and Chincoteague Island, VA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stones of Foam

Summer vacation is only 1 week (plus a couple days) in and it feels like I've already been able to enjoy the world more.  I've been feeling so fortunate that teaching affords me a couple months to explore (when I'm not at my seasonal retail gig, of course....)   So, instead of focusing on the fact that kids nowadays have far less summer than I did (we said farewell mid June and return in August-- what happened to 12 weeks of freedom?!!, said the teacher.), I'm going to focus on what I can accomplish in those weeks  each day.

What an amazing sight.... (wait for it...)
made from foam!
Yeah... I'm that person who travels three plus hours just to see something like this Foamhenge (Stonehenge's redneck cousin) and love every second of it.

(Taken outside Natural Bridge, VA)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mountains, Alpacas, & Cria (Oh My!)

The sign read, "Babypalooza". 
He said, "Glad to already know its Alpacas.... or it would be sick and wrong."
She said, "I guess baby selling is frowned upon."

We were able to venture to the foothills to frolick (that's right, there was frolicking!) with the new cria [that's a baby Alpaca] today.  Learning about Alpaca husbandry was the priority, but ...fuzzy cuteness won over the sensible side bent on learning the facts.  Good thing I can read the book on my own.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

This Guy

I adore this man.
My stepdad is one of my all time best friends and I miss him terribly.
Whenever I've needed to vent, he's listened.  When I've cried, he's emphatically said, "Get over it!"
((My stepbrother snapped these photos when Sarge [yeah... that's what we call him] traveled South to watch my lovely niece graduate from HS.... Wish I could've been there, too :)  ))

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Woods

Or... do and friend some trees.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bluegrass & Sunshine

Festival day and summer farm dreams:
I was the one intently following your fast paced pickin' under the shade tree; the one talking to the peacocks and counting the tadpoles near the lillypads. That girl who came up to speak to you, after you sang, only about your t-shirt, Legalize Bluegrass, well.... that was me.  I loved every second.

(Kyle and I at the Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention Common Ground Festival.  Summer for my soul)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The End is Near

Just a reflection....Its not anyone's job to be someone elses conscious or pay back.  As this year (teacher's years are August-June) is ending next week, I've been noticing so many qualities I want to posess and so, so many things I'll never miss and not want to be.  Its sometimes difficult to wish well for people who have not been doing well towards others.  But, we get back what we put out into the world.

The school year (in all its confusing bizarrity)  is finally coming to an end.  
After all the twists and turns (for professionalism sake, I'll leave all that for my paper journal and ulcers),
I vow to always be more than my job.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

With a Bow

This is my past weekend wrapped up with a bow....
I got older.
To celebrate, we ate.  
We were funky at a flea market and national road yardsales.
I got paid to rearrange pillows.  
We said goodbye to a beloved friend. I remember them both happy and healthy like this.