So it's been a while. I'm not going to go into details, but there's no real good reason for why I haven't written for a few months. I typically write when I feel compelled to do so, and I guess there was no itch to type about my life for a while. It doesn't mean I've just been sitting on the couch watching TV for 2 months...or maybe it does (#jk, I haven't watched TV in years).
The last few months have felt like a lifetime. I watched TWO college friends get married, backpacked 40 miles with my best crew through Catalina, took my family skiing, and spent a night in a tree-house in the woods.
That last event actually was a surprise. I got on a plane, landed in Seattle with no idea where the weekend would take me, and ended the night in a tree-house suspended in the Canadian pine trees, feeling like I'm in a fairy-tale. Actually scratch that. I felt like I was in a perfectly staged Instagram post (the modern day fairy-tale book).
I don't think I've ever been speechless until that day. Spending the night enclosed in a little capsule under the canopy of trees and stars was an experience I could never dream of having. I'm used to sleeping under trees and stars, but that's called camping...this was a whole other level. On top of that, we were the only ones in the area that night, so there was this unusual sense of peace. We spent the morning waking up with the sun, eating pastries, and hearing the birds get on with their morning routine.
I felt like a Buddhist monk at one point, walking among these ancient trees and forest critters. I started thinking like a Buddhist monk too, but we won't get into that...but I will share a quote on a rock that was placed on a nearby walking trail: "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks".
I'm not sure why, but I felt compelled to share a snippet of this experience. It was magic in its most tangible form, and I hope as many people as possible get the chance to have that.
Credit to: My travel partner, who knows how to plan a pretty good surprise.