giving thanks (these days)

April and May have spun past me too quickly and summer is truly just around the corner. Leadership staff arrive next week & then it’s full speed ahead until August. Please send some good vibes our way as we prepare for a summer of hard work and overwhelming joy.

Lately I’ve been thankful for beauty around every turn,

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for having a chance to host my parents for the week (so many adventures!),

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and for the still times between busy days when I can walk slowly through this place and be grateful.

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Wishing a beautiful May to you all- what are you thankful for today?

 

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My only plans for Friday night were to drive to the park, run a few miles, sit in the sun & watch the day wind down. Camp has been pretty empty this week so I’ve had a lot of time to run, hammock, clean house and enjoy the warmer days. The busy season starts very soon, so I am trying to delight in the quiet for awhile. I’m super excited for the next season, but it will be crazy. Come visit! 

   
    
 
“There is not one blade of grass, there is no one color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” -John Calvin 

Be brave, friends. Happy April! 

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Early this morning, amidst the quiet of this place, I watched a golden eagle hunt a small coot just offshore. I watched as they danced around one another, the eagle diving toward the water while the coot paddled closer to the rocks. The tiny coot diving underneath the surface for 20 seconds at a time, evading the eagle’s talons. The eagle circling back to a tree, waiting and watching.

I’m certain that they were aware of my presence, watching from my deck not 100 yards away. Living here often feels sacred, like I am getting a chance to see and hear things not always meant for my eyes. We’ve made it to mid March and spring is slowly pushing through; the birds have come back to greet the morning, all of them screeching, as they remember what it is to sing. At dawn, the sun stretches itself out over the hillsides, and I can hear the ice cracking inside the trees as it melts. Soon, the shoots of green stirring under the cool earth will make their way to the light and the snow will only remain on the high peaks. Every turn of seasons is a holy opportunity.

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Just a few days in this gem of the interior west, full of good conversation, long runs and brews near the water. I am so grateful for all the places my eyes have seen & the people I’ve gotten to see them with. 

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This is a world filled with love & other things that have the sense not to waste time talking about everything under the sun & see how it glows with no help from us whatsoever.   
   

 
What an incredible gift, this world. 

catching up

winter has been a season of slowness interjected with bursts of  activity, long evenings playing cards and early mornings on the ski hill. There is a sense of excitement around camp as we prepare for summer, writing programming guidelines and recruiting staff. 

   
    
   
I spend as much time as I can out in the winter light & constantly changing snow, enjoying the gifts of this season. What are you grateful for today?