Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tongling the Red in Sunset Hill

Today marks the first ride I've done on my Chinese folding bike since I came back from China in late January. I'd damaged the drive train during the transport home. As well, I have been in a period of unwanted change, so it's not been a priority. Still, the little red bike seems to handle OK. It's strange to think back to the last time I rode her, in winter in a fumey curious south eastern city. Life has been very different from what I imagined this time 12 months ago, when I left to teach in China.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

From Golden Gardens Tuesday evening

The fires in Eastern Washington have given us exceptional sunsets. I came to the shore to eat a picnic dinner and enjoy the view of the snow free peaks of Olympic National Park, a couple of paddlers and the bitter sweetness of late summer.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer's bounty at the Pike Market

I took my touring bike for a practice ride today, to remind myself how loaded touring works. My goal was the famous market which is a riot of flowers, fish, fruit and summer vegetables. So pretty.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday night Happy Hour Ponti's Fremont

I took myself out for waterfront dining on a Saturday night. A lovely Ship Canal patio, a diverting parade of boats, the clang clang of the Fremont Bridge opening to allow a high masted sailboat to pass through. It reminds me of Seattle's charm and how wonderful the ship canal bike path can be. It's been a "taste of fall" cloudy/humid/chilly mid-August day, so this is an antidote to tinges of sadness that threaten my fragile acceptance of radically changed circumstances. Some days are very hard for me as I feel such loneliness, regret, and, so surprising for me, fear, anxiety. I am mourning a very complicated grief. It is a strange unsettling place to be. I would never choose to do this. I wish I could wake up and realize it was a nightmare. But it's reality. Life hasn't been particularly kind to me for the past 6 months. But hard as it is, I know so many other people are in worse straits. My empathy is intact. I want to attract joy back into my life.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Beautiful sulphur shelf

A lovely thing to find on the trail. It's a sign that summer is passing into fall. A little sad. Nothing stays the same. Beauty passes. But thankfully so does grief. I look forward to it's passing.

Surprise Lake on the PCT

I took a break from the bike today and hiked to a beautiful Alpine Lakes Wilderness spot. It was steep at the top but I made it. It's comforting to find a new destination in an area I thought I knew like the back of my hand. It rained last night which had a beneficial effect on the bugs. As in, drowned them for a day.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mt Stuart, Little Annapurna, Enchantment Peak ane even Prussik Peak

There's a storm brewing up there but these are my favorite mountains in washington.