This year was full of road trips. We started by heading down to Lake Tahoe in January and enjoyed a quiet week in the snow. With the spring, came my Golden Birthday and the trip I've been dreaming of since I was a little girl. We spent 5 weeks road tripping around the UK and Northern France, before heading to the north of Norway to spend time with family & meet the newest addition - our cousin's first born little boy. Ryan and I both have always loved a good road trip, and this year we realized we PREFER it. The freedom, the spontaneity, the serendipitous discoveries...but for more on that, you'll have to wait until our full Uk / Norway Getaway blog! *Stay tuned*
Summer came, and along with it our return to Alaska. Ryan owns & operates his own commercial fishing boat up in the Prince William Sound & even though the summer is my busiest time of year with weddings & portraits, we make a rule of me traveling up every few weeks during his season. Most often I just go out on the boat as they continue their long grueling hours & I spend hours editing, but it's still so worth it to just be in the same place, encouraging & supporting each other as we pursue our dreams. I made 4 different trips to Alaska this year - a record for me - and also got to experience Cordova in the snow which was completely enchanting.
In the fall we had a little getaway to Winthrop in the Methow Valley and watched the rising of a beautiful harvest moon on our 7 year wedding anniversary. For more on that & the stunning & peaceful experience that is Sun Mountain Lodge, check out our anniversary blog.
The holiday season brought a trip to the east coast with my brothers & our spouses to visit my youngest brother who had moved across country for work. We rented a house and hung out together exploring the area, playing video games & watching Jim Gaffigan Netflix specials. From there Ryan and I hit the road again for a mini New England excursion before meeting up with my brother in NYC for Thanksgiving.
I came across this quote a while back, and it sums up what 2017s travels have inspired in me:
"If I was really really wealthy, I wouldn't buy a mansion; I'd just buy tiny apartments in every city I love."
We returned home, back to our quiet hill in the Snoqualmie Valley, rested & reconnected as the snow fell, and with the passing of Christmas we welcomed the newest member of our herd - our little pup Zoë.
This year (like most for many of us) was full of highs & lows, heartbreaks & joys, and a lot of quiet, average days in between. In thinking back over 2017, these words stayed with me:
" I close my eyes to old ends, and open my heart to new beginnings." - Nick Frederickson